Pigs in A Blanket is an iconic party starter that is so quick to make! Bring out the nostalgia with these crescent-wrapped mini dogs.

Classic, easy to put together starters like Cocktail meatballs and Pigs in A Blanket are lifeguards when it comes to holiday gatherings. Stock up on simple, tasty Starter recipes to make your party season a breeze.

Pigs in a blanket in serving tray with ketchup


Pigs in a rug is one of those appetizers that has been found on party platters for years. We do not know who the first person to wrap a hot dog in crescent dough is, but we thank them for this ingenious time-saving recipe.

This is a dish that you probably grew up eating at all your family events from holiday gatherings to casual pool parties in the backyard. They are quick, easy, cheap and have only a few ingredients.

In fact, this may have been a recipe that your younger self got the responsibility for because it’s so simple.

While these are relatively easy starters to make, you may have had some frustrations when it comes to getting that dough wrapped perfectly (at least perfect for a hot dog).

This is a basic, easy recipe for Pigs in a Blanket, but with a few small changes like using small smokies for mini-crescent-wrapped dogs, you can make a new dish to mix it up for parties.

You will love serving your Crescent Dogs with trio of dips like Honey mustard, yellow mustard and spicy brown mustard so that each guest can get the taste they like.

Pigs in a Blanket Collage

Tips for making perfect pigs in a rug:

  • Use a crescent plate dough instead of triangles for easier wrapping. These also look more uniform.
  • Pat your hot dogs (or smokies) dry with a paper towel before wrapping them to prevent the dough from becoming soft.
  • Brush with egg before baking to get a glossy sheen. This will also help with spices you may want to add stick.



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut the crescent dough into rectangles.
  • Place hot dogs at the ends of the rectangles and roll up.
  • Lay the seams down.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Mix eggs and water.
  • Brush with egg water mixture.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Tray full of pigs in a blanket


  • Breakfast: This recipe becomes an easy breakfast or brunch dish using cooked breakfast sausage links. Use flaky homestyle biscuit dough and serve with maple syrup to dip in.
  • Chili cheese dogs: Turn this recipe into a Super Bowl entree by creating a Chili Dog Bar with toppings like Homemade chili, cheese, onions, coriander and hot sauce.
  • Italian dogs: Prepare Italian sausage and cut it into half long strips, place a strip of provolone cheese on the flat side (cut as wide as sausage) and wrap it in the dough. Top with garlic butter and parsley before baking in the oven. Serve with Marinara.
  • Cheese dogs: Another classic way to make this snack is with cheese. Cut your hot dog down the middle (without going all the way through) and put some cheddar strips inside before wrapping it in your dough.
  • Pigs in a blanket: Make larger versions by using full or halved full-size hot dogs and using larger pastry dough pieces.
  • Breading: This recipe uses crescent roll dough, but you can use any refrigerated dough like puff pastry or canned biscuits.
Pigs in a blanket in serving tray with ketchup


Why are they called Pigs in A Blanket?

In short, it’s because the sausage or hot dog represents the pig, and the breading outside is the blanket wrapped around them.

Can I freeze untreated pigs in a blanket?

Yes. Gather the crescent-wrapped dogs and freeze on a baking sheet. Then transfer to a bag until it needs to be baked. Top with egg wash and seeds before baking.

How to reheat pigs in a blanket?

The best way to reheat these snacks is in the oven at 350 degrees F and bake for 8-10 minutes until hot.



  • Serve: These starters are good at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: You can store these in the refrigerator for up to a week in a closed container lined with a paper towel to absorb moisture.
  • Freeze: Freeze these baked or unbaked for up to 2 months. Flash freeze on a baking sheet so they do not stick together after placing them in a container.
Pigs in a blanket are dipped in ketchup

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 °.

  • Cut the crescent dough into rectangles.

  • Place hot dogs at the ends of the rectangles and roll up.

  • Lay the seams down.

  • Place on baking sheet.

  • Mix eggs and water.

  • Brush with egg water mixture.

  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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Pigs in a rug collage

Images used in an earlier version of this post.

Pigs in a blanket with a small bowl of ketchup
A pig in a blanket dipped in ketchup
Mini Beef Smokie wrapped in crescent dough to make a pig in a blanket on a metal tray
Collage pictures of pigs in a blanket