Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are simply hot dog sausages wrapped in strips of crescent dough. Make this simple recipe for dinner in under 15 minutes!

When weeknights are busy, you need something that is quick, easy, and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients.

Homemade pigs in a blanket are the perfect solution and something the whole family will enjoy. Plus, you can cook them in the air fryer in minutes and keep your kitchen cool!

Want more simple meal solutions? Try baked potatoes with all the fixings or crispy chicken wings coated in your favorite flavors.

pigs in a blanket on a plate

Pigs In A Blanket - Tips and Tricks

  • Avoid sausage explosions. Use the tip of a knife to make a shallow cut down the center of the hot dog. This prevents the casing from bursting and also helps prevent a cold center.
  • Make them cheesy. Cut in a little further when scoring the meat and add a few small pieces of your favorite cheese before wrapping.
  • Don’t forget to preheat! While not required, I find that waiting the extra minute or two ensures more even cooking with my food.
  • Keep the dough chilled. Place half of the prepared dogs in the refrigerator while you cook the other half, otherwise the dough will become too soft.
  • Making a large batch? Line a baking sheet with some parchment and transfer the crescent dogs over when done. Keep the tray in a low temperature oven so everything is warm when it’s time to serve.

pigs in a blanket ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Pair these air fryer pigs in a blanket with one or more of your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard.

Add some tater tots and sliced fruit for a kid-friendly plate, or a scoop of coleslaw for the adults.

Want something extra comforting? You can’t go wrong with any of my mac and cheese recipes!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes will require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Pastry Wheel - This creates clean, even strips of dough but a pizza cutter or sharp knife will work in a pinch.
  • Tongs - I love this set of 3, and I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!

pigs in a blanket in the air fryer

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

You can prep them up to 2 hours in advance and keep them covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

How do I reheat homemade pigs in a blanket?

I find that these are best when they are first made, but it’s safe to store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, pop them right back in the air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.

pigs in a blanket on a cooling rack

Can I make air fryer pigs in a blanket with smokies instead?

Yes, but you will need to make a few adjustments.

First, separate the crescent dough into triangles along the perforation. Slice each section into three even strips starting from the narrowest point, then wrap each mini sausage with one strip.

The cooking time will remain the same, but you may want to reduce the temperature to keep them from getting too dark or crispy. Try somewhere between 325° - 340°F.

Enjoy!

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pigs in a blanket on a white plate with dipping sauces



Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are simply hot dog sausages wrapped in strips of crescent dough. Make this simple recipe for dinner in under 15 minutes!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 12 Min

Ingredients

  • 8 hot dog sausage (I used Ball Park Beef from Sam’s Club)
  • 1 8 ounce original crescent dough sheet 
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the hot dog sausage and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Score hot dog sausage in the middle to prevent the sausage to explode in the air fryer
  3. Unwrapped the crescent dough and roll into a rectangle 10 inches x 16 inches
  4. Cut your dough in half so you have 2 rectangles of 10 inches by 8 inches. Cut every half into 4 equal strips.
  5. Roll 1 hot dog sausage per strip. If you want to add the sesame seeds and poppy seed sprinkle over each one. If not, put 4 pigs in a blanket in the basket
  6. Cook at 370 degrees F for 3 minutes, turn them around and cook for another additional 3 minutes.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. You can use any sausage you want.
  2. I use the crescent dough sheet because I am using full length sausage. However, you can use the crescent one as well. You may need to cut the sausage to fit the dough.


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Originally published May 2021

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