Pigs in a blanket are the party app just about everybody loves -- kids and grown-ups. They're cute, little, savory, crunchy, and don't you love saying that silly name out loud? It's the snack that says "party!"
They're also incredibly easy to make -- remove from box and heat, if you can find them pre-made and frozen. If you can't find frozen pigs in a blanket, just cut up hot dogs (or buy cocktail wieners) and wrap them in triangles of puff pastry dough. Now that you know the basics, why not dress them up a little for the New Year? Rachael Ray's twist on the classic gives them extra crunch and three zingy dipping sauces for your guests to choose.
Doctored Pigs in a Blanket With Dipping Sauces by Rachael Ray
- 1 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoons coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 15 pigs in a blanket, found in the frozen food aisle
- 1 can cooking spray
- 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- A couple shakes of Tabasco
In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Lightly spray the pigs with cooking spray so the "everything" mixture sticks. Sprinkle the "everything" mixture over the pigs and place in the oven. Cook according to the instructions on the box.
For the Dipping Sauces
1. Honey Mustard: Combine the whole-grain mustard with the honey and stir.
2. Tomato Ranch: Combine 2 tablespoons ketchup with the ranch dressing.
3. Spicy Ketchup: Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of ketchup with a couple shakes of Tabasco.
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