April 24 is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
Interesting Food Facts about Pigs-in-a-Blanket
- The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
- Pigs in a blanket are also known as devils on horsebacks, kilted sausages, and wiener winks.
- In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.
- In America, pigs in a blanket often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked.
- You can combine these dishes by wrapping your sausage in bacon, then cooking them into a biscuit or croissant.
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.
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, 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“).
Today’s Food History
- 1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ now known as the ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac.’
- 1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain.
- 1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’
- 1949 Chocolate rationing ended in Britain.
- 1994 The world’s largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.