Pigs in Blankets
Pigs in blankets (also known as pigs in the blanket, pigs in blankets, devils on horsebacks, wiener winks, worstjes in deeg, kilted sausages, wild willies) refers to a few different sausage-based foods in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Canada, and Japan. They are often different from sausage rolls.
In the United Kingdom, “pigs in blankets” refers to small sausages (usually chipolatas) wrapped in bacon. Usually served at Christmas lunch or with roast dinners, pigs in blankets are now considered a traditional part of the Christmas meal.
Pigs in blankets can be accompanied with devils on horseback, an appetizer of prunes, or less commonly dates, wrapped in bacon.
Pigs in blankets can also refer to chipolata sausages wrapped in pastry.
Some people make Pigs in blankets witha layer of bread around the bacon.
In the United States, the term “pigs in a blanket” often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, 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 hors d’oeuvre, a children’s dish or as a breakfast entree. A common variation is to slit the hot dog or sausage and stuff it with cheese before wrapping in dough. At IHOP, the term “pigs in a blanket” refers to sausage links with pancake wrapped around it.
A “pig in a pig” variation, a baked hors d’oeuvre of Vienna sausages or hot dog pieces in bacon, also exists in informal U.S. cuisine.
In regions heavily influenced by Slovak immigrants, such as northern Pennsylvania, the term usually refers instead to stuffed cabbage rolls, such as the Polish or Ukrainian Gołąbki.
The name can also refer to klobasnek (a kind of kolache filled with sausage or ham slices), or to a Slavic dish (gołąbki) of ground meat and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves and braised, usually in a tomato sauce. The German Würstchen im Schlafrock (“sausage in a dressing gown“) uses wieners wrapped in puff pastry or, more rarely, pancakes. Cheese and bacon are sometimes present.
In Russia this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, “sausage in the 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.
Dutch Americans prepare a dish called Saucijzebroodjes or Worstebroodjes, often translated casually as “pigs in the blanket” in English. The dish consists of a pork sausage filling wrapped in a puff pastry dough made with shortening. They are often eaten as a breakfast food at restaurants, but homemade versions may be served at festivals or on special occasions as well.
In Denmark, they have a dish similar to the American-style dish known as the “Pølsehorn” which means “Sausage Horn” or “Wiener Horn”
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