What is a Pig in a Blanket?

    Have you ever heard of a pig in a blanket? You may be trying to envision a fat pig wearing a pink blanket, looking similar to a dog in a cute little doggie sweater but no, it’s not an actual pig wearing an actual blanket. A pig in a blanket is a sausage (originally a pork sausage, hence the “pig”) wrapped in either a pancake, biscuit dough, or a crescent-style piece of pastry (you guessed it, that’s the “blanket”). These yummy appetizers can be made using full-size hot dogs, Vienna sausages, cocktail or mini sausages, breakfast sausage links, even Bratwurst. There’s really no limit to what you can do with tasty pastry and sausages. They can be baked or fried, but no matter how you fix them they’re popular with kids and adults alike, all over the world.

    Where did pigs in a blanket originate? Would you believe this delicious treat may date all the way back to the 1600s? Rumor has it that way back then manual laborers in England put meat inside of dough for a quick meal on the go. In the United Kingdom these days, “pigs in blankets” refers to small sausages wrapped in bacon which are traditionally served with roast turkey at Christmas dinner.

    Serving Pig in a Blanket

    Some people dip their pig in a blanket in hot, spicy mustard, while others prefer traditional ketchup or barbeque sauce for a savory flavor. But around here, we like to do things a little differently. At the Original Pancake House, we make our famous Pigs in a Blanket with delicious locally made sausage links wrapped in our light, fluffy, melt in your mouth, made from scratch buttermilk biscuits, dusted with powdered sugar and served with warm, delicious, tropical syrup. Our way of preparing and serving pigs in a blanket seems to go over quite well, as it’s one of the most popular items on our menu.

    Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

    To make a pig in a blanket snack (or meal!) at home for your family, simply choose the “pig” of your choice (little smoked sausages, hot dogs, breakfast links, whatever you love) and follow the simple recipe below, and check out the recipe for homemade buttermilk biscuits from Southern Living when you want to make pigs in a blanket at home for your family.

    Pigs in a Blanket

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Prepare buttermilk biscuits according to recipe directions and cut out biscuits.
    3. Wrap biscuit dough around each sausage.
    4. Place on a baking sheet with the overlap of biscuit dough facing down.
    5. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until biscuits are golden brown.

    Pigs in a Blanket at The Original Pancake House Denver

    When you’re out and about in the Denver area, hunger hits and you need pigs in a blanket that tastes like home, head on over to one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring some friends and family with you to experience the taste of home you won’t find anywhere else (except at your house, of course!). We look forward to welcoming you soon!