Pigs in blankets

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This article is about sausage-based food. For cabbage-based food, see cabbage roll.
Pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a blanket
Type hotdogs wrapped in bread
Main ingredients hotdog
Variations wrapped in bacon, filled with cheese, pancake wrap
Cookbook: Pigs in a blanket  Media: Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in blankets refers to a variety of different sausage-based foods in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Canada, and Japan. They are typically small in size and can be eaten in one or two bites. For this reason, they are usually served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre or are accompanied by other dishes in the 'main course' section of a meal. In the West, especially in the United States and Canada, the bite-sized variety of pig in a blanket is a common hors d'oeuvre served at cocktail parties and is often accompanied by a mustard or aioli dipping sauce.

Pigs in a blanket are usually different from sausage rolls, which are a larger, more filling item served for breakfast and lunch in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, more rarely, the United States and Canada.

United Kingdom[edit]

Christmas Dinner in the UK; pigs in blankets at top right of plate

In the United Kingdom, "pigs in blankets" refers to small sausages (usually chipolatas) wrapped in bacon. They are a traditional accompaniment to roast turkey for Christmas dinner. Pigs in blankets can be accompanied with devils on horseback, an appetizer of prunes wrapped in bacon.

United States[edit]

Sausage wrapped in pancakes

In the United States, the term "pigs in a blanket" is used to refer to Vienna sausages, hot dogs, cocktail or breakfast/link sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, pancake, or croissant dough, and baked. The dough is sometimes homemade, but canned dough is most common. They are somewhat similar to a sausage roll or (by extension) a baked corn dog. They are served as an appetizer, a children's dish, or as a breakfast entree. A common variation is to stuff the hot dog or sausage with cheese before wrapping it in dough.

At breakfast or brunch, the term "pigs in a blanket" refers to sausage links with pancake wrapped around it.


The name can also refer to klobasnek (a kind of kolache filled with sausage or ham slices). The German Würstchen im Schlafrock ("sausage in a dressing gown") uses sausages wrapped in puff pastry[1] or, more rarely, pancakes. Cheese and bacon are sometimes present.

In Russia this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, "sausage in dough").

In Israel Moshe Ba'Teiva (Moses in the ark) is a children's dish consisting of a hot dog rolled in a ketchup-covered sheet of puff pastry or phyllo dough and baked.

In Denmark there is a dish similar to the British-style dish known as the Pølse i svøb, which means "sausage in blanket". The American-style pigs in a blanket are known as Pølsehorn, meaning "Sausage horns".

In The Netherlands they are called a saucijzenbroodje, but the "sausage" used is skinless, and the pastry fully encloses the meat within.

In Finland pigs in blanket are known as nakkipiilo, which means "hidden sausage" if it is translated freely.

In Mexico the sausage is wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried in vegetable oil. The name "salchitaco" comes from the fusion of the words salchicha (sausage) and taco (sausage taco).

In New Zealand pig in a blanket simply refers to a sausage wrapped in sandwich bread.

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  1. ^ Würstchen im Schlafrock. Retrieved 9 September 2008

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