I grew up with Pigs In A Blanket meaning pork wrapped in cabbage, and that is what I was hoping for this Easter, but yet again my mother let me down on a another food holiday.  After promising me to get it or make it, we were pigs in a blanketless for the holiday.  So I turned to a more popularly defined pigs in a blanket which consists of mini hotdogs/cocktail wieners wrapped in croissant dough.  They are en extremely popular American appetizer.

Pigs In A Blanket has international meaning, and with small variations it is also often served in the UK (small sausages wrapped in bacon) and Israeli (hot dog rolled in a ketchup covered puff pastry).   Pigs in a blanket has a variety of definitions and its difficult to trace the history of the phrase.  The oldest definition of pigs in a blanket dates back to the 1800’s.  It was a dish of oysters, seasoned with salt and pepper, rolled in a slice of bacon, pinned together with a toothpick, and grilled, broiled or fried until the bacon is cooked, then served hot on toast.

The hotdog-dough ensemble became very popular in America in the 1950’s.  By the 1970’s Pillsbury offered pre-wrapped hot dogs you could purchase in the refrigerator section, but every now and then the American consumer decides convenience goes too far and they like to be responsible for some work. So this item didn’t last too long on the market.

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