Hot dogs in a blanket is an easy recipe that kids really enjoy. It is more a method than a recipe. You can use homemade biscuit dough, baking mix dough or canned biscuits to wrap around the hot dogs. Cheese and other ingredients can be added in the wraps. The dressed hot dogs can be part of a light meal along with chips or French fries and a salad. They are good along side chili.
Cooks have put meats and other ingredients in dough and various other types of wraps such as leaves for uncountable centuries. Every culture and country has at least one version of wrapped food. No matter what is used as a wrap the results are similar. A filling made of different ingredients or one ingredient is enclosed in an outer layer of food or a leaf that will hold the ingredients together while they cook. The cooking method varies as well from steaming, boiling, frying and baking.
This is the standard American version of pigs in a blanket. Hot dogs are what most cooks use but other versions can be made from sausage either wrapped in a biscuit dough or in pancakes and eaten for breakfast. Small versions are often served when entertaining and those often contain cocktail sausages.
The recipe will make about 6 to 8 wrapped hot dogs. It can be doubled.
Hot Dogs in a Blanket
- 1 package of hot dogs (8)
- 1 batch of biscuit dough, homemade, boxed or canned
- Cheese (optional)
- Onions, diced and lightly cooked (optional)
- Bacon, diced and cooked crisp (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and lightly butter the bottom of a sheet cake pan or a baking sheet.
Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil and add the hot dogs. Cook the hot dogs about 5 minutes or so. Cool on a plate in the refrigerator.
If you want to include onions and bacon in the wraps fry bacon until crisp and cook the onions in the fat until they are limp. Cool before using.
To wrap a full sized hot dog it will take as much dough as 2 biscuits. If you use canned biscuits you may need two cans. Biscuit dough from a baking mix can also be used. If you make homemade biscuit dough use your favorite biscuit recipe or the simple biscuit dough recipe below.
To add cheese to the wraps you can cut a slit the length of each hot dog and insert a piece of cheese. Or you can use shredded cheese and sprinkle it thickly on the dough before adding any other ingredients. You can also add some mustard on the dough before adding items.
Take about ¼ cup or so of biscuit dough or about as much dough as would make two biscuits and make it into a ball. On a lightly floured dinner plate toss the dough ball around in the flour and plate press the ball of dough into an oval slightly longer than it is wide. About as long as the hot dogs. The dough should be about ¼ inch thick.
Add shredded cheese and onion or bacon or both if desired. Pull the sides of the dough around the items and try to cover all but a half inch of the ends of the hot dogs. You can cover the ends if you want. Seal the bottom side and lay that side down in the pan. Put the wraps fairly close together. Brush the tops with melted butter.
Bake around 10 to 15 minutes until the dough has turned a golden brown.
Simple Biscuit Dough
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup cold milk, may need more depending on moisture content of flour
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and prepare a pan.
Measure the flour and other dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix to blend. Pour in the milk and cooking oil. Mix all together until the dough cleans the bowl.
Link sausage can be used in this recipe. Cheese would be a good addition.
The same thing can be made with scrambled eggs, cooked bacon or sausage, onions and cheese. It can be a portable breakfast.
Once they are baked pigs in blankets can be frozen. Thaw and reheat in a hot oven.