Pigs in a blanket you say? Do you really need a recipe for that? Exactly, you don't really need a recipe for hot dogs and crescent rolls now do you? Well these are special. The blankets for these dogs are homemade and taste better than any crescent roll can even come close to. I remember my mom making these with crescent rolls as a kid. She would slice the hot dogs a little and put some sliced cheese in them before rolling them up in the crescent roll. The neat thing about these? There is cheese in the bread mixture so that extra step is gone. These don't require any yeast, and really take no time at all to make them. Throw in some "healthy" hot dogs (I use nitrite-free all beef hot dogs.) and you're not too unhealthy.
*Note: The dough for this recipe makes a ton. I only made 5-6 pigs in a blanket and then rolled the others up without hot dogs and used then for dinner the next night. They are so yummy!
Pigs in a Blanket with Homemade Blankets
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup buttermilk
18 miniature hot dogs or 8-10 regular sized hot dogs
Preheat the over to 400ºF. Grease a large baking sheet. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, mix butter pieces into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese until evenly distributed. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Stir well with a wooden spoon or spatula. Let the dough rest for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the dough with flour and stir once or twice then place onto a well floured counter.With floured hands, pat the dough into a 15 by 7 inch rectangle, trimming the sides if necessary to get a true rectangle. Handle the dough as little as possible for tenderness. Using a pizza cutter, slice the rectangle into thirds horizontally. If using full size hot dogs, then do large triangles now, if not then slice each of those rectangles into thirds vertically, this will give you 9 small rectangles. Slice each rectangle diagonally into two thin triangles. It isn't rocket science, just cut triangles with the dough if the instructions give you a headache like they gave me one! One at a time, roll up the sausages or hot dogs in the triangles. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on the sheet for 3 minutes then serve warm!