I’m not sure what brought this idea to mind, but it was genius, if I do say so myself. It’s not like we ever ate pigs in blankets around here before our Paleo conversion, but as I was thinking of fun finger foods to have over Christmas, this is what came to mind. These are baby pigs because I made them appetizer size. You could most certainly make them with full sized hot dogs, but these are much more fun. And really, the process of wrapping the hot dogs in the pastry dough isn’t tedious and your kids would probably love to help. It’s the perfect job for little hands.
I couldn’t find “cocktail” hotdogs in any of my local grocery stores that didn’t contain nitrites, nitrates, hormones, antibiotics, etc. So I used full sized hotdogs cut into quarters (see pictures below). Supposedly, Pederson Farms makes these, but my Whole Foods, who carries other Pederson’s products, didn’t have them. You can probably find several brands of “healthy” hot dogs in your stores so choose your favorite.
These Baby Pigs in Blankets are so good! We had them for dinner when I was working on the recipe, then I froze the rest to eat Christmas Eve. They reheated beautifully in a 350 degree oven for just about 8 minutes. If you like to plan ahead, these would be perfect! Get your work done early and enjoy your party.
This would be a great paleo recipe to initiate your non-paleo friends. They are delicious, fun, finger foods and I bet your guests will ask where you bought them! Then you can brag about your amazing domestic abilities!