This Easy Pigs in a Blanket with Crescent Rolls recipe is a family tradition for holiday parties and game days. It’s secretly so quick to make with only 2 ingredients! Crescent rolls are cut into strips, rolled around Lit’l Smokies and then baked in the oven for the best easy appetizer!

Pigs in a blanket, wrapped in crescent rolls, are served with a dish of ketchup.

Pigs in a Blanket with Crescent Rolls

Growing up there were always two classic appetizer recipes that HAD to make an appearance at every party…

These Grape Jelly Meatballs and pigs in a blanket.

There was just something about those buttery crescent rolls wrapped around Lit’l Smokies that guests went crazy for. (So much easier to work with than puff pastry!)

Before you knew it, the plate was always empty.

It’s so simple to make a bunch. If needed, you can prep ahead, then just pop them in the oven right before the party begins.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl or game day get-together soon, you’ll want to know how to make these pigs in a blanket. They’re the perfect party food.

Serve more appetizers for the big game with these Healthy Super Bowl Recipes.

A package of lil' smokies and a can of crescent rolls are the ingredients for this dish.

Ingredients

  • Crescent roll dough. Pillsbury is my go-to, but you can choose another variety or get the store-brand. Both the regular flavor and the buttery kind (my fave!) of store-bought dough work well.Make sure it’s thawed and not frozen. If you’re gluten-free, make sure you look for a certified gluten-free pastry or crescent roll dough.
  • Lit’l Smokies. These are also known as cocktail sausages. You can get regular or cheese filled, depending on your preference. Lit’l Smokies do contain MSG, so look for ones without this additive if you are sensitive to it. You can also use sausage links, Vienna sausages, or sliced, regular hot dogs if needed.
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How to Make Pigs in a Blanket

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1. Cut the Crescent Roll Dough

Unroll the biscuit dough on a cutting board and pull apart each triangle.

The best way to slice these is to use a pizza cutter. You can also opt for a sharp knife. Cut each one lengthwise into three smaller triangles.

2. Roll up the Breakfast Sausages

Line an ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drain the liquid from the package of mini sausages and then dry them off thoroughly with a paper towel. Doing this will help the dough stick to them better.

Place the sausage at the wider end of the piece of croissant dough. Roll it up until all of the crescent is completely around it.

Set the rolled sausage on the lined baking sheet with the seam-side down. Repeat these steps with the remaining sausages and dough. 

Be sure to set each finished piggy in a blanket about 1 inch apart from the others. They will expand slightly when baked.

A cutting board with sliced crescent rolls and rolled pigs in a blanket.

3. Bake in the Oven

Bake pigs in a blanket in a preheated 375°F oven for 9 to 11 minutes. They are done when the little sausages are hot and the edges are a beautiful golden brown and no longer doughy on the inside.

If you prefer, serve them with a dipping sauce, like Dijon mustard, ketchup, or honey mustard.

Pigs in a blanket are baked to golden perfection on a baking sheet.

FAQs

What is a pig in a blanket?

Classic pigs in a blanket are a baked good made by wrapping a small, smoked sausage or hot dog in dough, usually a crescent roll. It is usually served as an appetizer or breakfast food.

Where are pigs in a blanket from?

A sausage or hot dog link wrapped in crescent dough, is from the US. However, it is often confused with the British version of pigs in blankets, consisting of sausage wrapped in bacon.

What do you serve with pigs in a blanket?

While crescent roll pigs in a blanket are delicious on their own, you can serve them with your favorite dips. Opt for sauces like ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, spicy mayo, or even queso.

Recipe Tips

  • Spread out. Before beginning, make sure you have plenty of room to cut and roll these pigs in a blanket.
  • Cut ’em thin. You should easily get three strips from each triangle of the crescent roll dough.
  • Roll tight. If you place the dough on the sausage too loosely, it will fall off.
  • Give them space. These pigs in a blanket will expand when baking, so be sure none are touching.
  • Pay attention. Watch while they’re cooking; they go from golden brown to burnt in no time.
  • Add some flavor. Take these to the next level by sprinkling poppy seeds, bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, or garlic powder on top before baking.
A plate piled with pigs in a blanket with a bowl of ketchup in the background.

What to Serve with Pigs in a Blanket

If you’re enjoying these in the morning, pair them with Shredded Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Breakfast Egg Muffins, Gluten-Free Pancakes or Blueberry Pancakes.

Make breakfast a breeze with make-ahead recipes like Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, or your favorite Overnight Oats.

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Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

This Easy Pigs in a Blanket with Crescent Rolls recipe is a family tradition for holiday parties and game days. It's secretly so quick to make with only 2 ingredients!
Pigs in a blanket, wrapped in crescent rolls, are served with a dish of ketchup.
Yield 12 servings (4 each)
Prep 18 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Total 30 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1-8 oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls regular or butter flavored
  • 1-12 oz. cocktail-sized smoked link sausages Lit’l Smokies

Instructions 

  • Roll the Piggies: Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the triangles. Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Place a sausage link that has been patted dry at the wider edge of a piece of crescent dough and roll it up until it is completely wrapped around the link. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and sausages.
    1-8 oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls, 1-12 oz. cocktail-sized smoked link sausages
  • Bake in the Oven: Place them seam-side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake in the 375 degree oven for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Notes

Pre-Ahead Instructions:
You can slice the dough and roll the piggies up to 1 to 2 days before you need them. Simply store the wrapped sausage pieces carefully stacked in wax paper or plastic wrap so nothing is touching (they’ll stick to each other) and store them in the fridge.
Storage Directions:
Store leftovers in an airtight container or in a zipped bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days. To freeze, flash freeze in a single layer for a couple of hours first and then transfer to a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 to 4 months. To reheat, pop these back in a 300℉ oven for 5 to 10 minutes or use the microwave to warm them back up. However, the microwave will yield slightly soggy pigs in a blanket.
Recipe Tips
  • Spread out. Before beginning, make sure you have plenty of room to cut and roll these pigs in a blanket.
  • Cut ’em thin. You should easily get three strips from each triangle of the crescent roll dough.
  • Roll tight. If you place the dough on the sausage too loosely, it will fall off.
  • Give them space. These pigs in a blanket will expand when baking, so be sure none are touching.
  • Pay attention. Watch while they’re cooking; they go from golden brown to burnt in no time.
  • Add some flavor. Take these to the next level by sprinkling poppy seeds, bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, or garlic powder on top before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 481mg, Potassium: 53mg, Sugar: 3g, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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