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Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)

Pigs in a blanket are fun, easy, and oh so delicious! Especially when they’re full-size piggies!

In this recipe, we’ve added a little cheese inside our crescent roll. Top it off with some ketchup and you’ve got a fun, simple weeknight dinner.

Pigs in a Blanket with Dipping Sauces
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The kids love making these! And they’re perfect for just about any occasion.

Birthday parties. Tailgating. Football games. Graduation parties. Family get-togethers. Picnics. Or just a simple dinner with the family.

Best of all, you can make these pigs in a blanket in no time!

It’s one of my go-to recipes when I want something fun and tasty but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.


The ingredients list for these full-sized piggies in blankets couldn’t be simpler. You’ll need only three things:

  • Hot dogs. Pick whatever brand you like best. You can even go with vegan hot dog alternatives if you want!
  • Cheese. I always stick to American because it’s typically what I have on hand. However, you can use whatever cheese slices you like best.
  • Crescent rolls. Get the buttery kind for extra flavor.

How to Make Pigs in A Blanket with Crescent Rolls

Follow these steps to make the perfect pigs in a blanket:

1. Preheat. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cook the hot dogs. Nuke them in the microwave for about a minute.

3. Add the cheese. Make a slit through the middle of each hot dog, leaving about 1/2 inch on each side. Then, insert a strip of cheese into the slit.

4. Wrap the hot dogs. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Wrap one triangle of dough around each hot dog. Then, place the hot dogs on an ungreased baking sheet, cheese facing up.

5. Bake. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown. Then, serve and enjoy!

Pigs in a Blanket Dipped in a Ketchup

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • Make them mini. Make these in traditional appetizer size with little smokies or Vienna sausages. You’ll just need to use smaller pieces of dough and cheese.
  • Vary the meats and cheeses. Try the recipe with breakfast sausages, cheddar, Gouda, mozzarella, and more.
  • Leave off the cheese. If you aren’t a cheese person, that’s okay. Make traditional pigs in a blanket instead.
  • Add bacon. Are you a big meat lover? Wrap the hot dogs in bacon before wrapping them in the crescent rolls.

What Can I Use Instead of Crescent Dough?

While crescent dough has a distinct and beloved taste, you can also opt for puff pastry or biscuit dough for this recipe.

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Just remember, if you go for puff pastry, allow enough time for it to defrost. It should be cold but soft enough to roll without cracking.

If you let it thaw too much, it’ll be too soft to work with. I find 15 minutes is often enough.

What Can I Use Instead of Hot Dogs?

Cocktail wieners are the go-to for most pig in a blanket recipes. That’s because they’re bite-sized and usually come pre-cooked.

I like hot dogs because they’re super easy to work with and they’re bigger, so you can easily fit cheese in there!

But you can really use any sausage you like. That said, I suggest pre-cooking thick links and letting them cool before wrapping them.

If you try to cook a thick sausage with the crescent roll dough, the dough will probably burn before the links are cooked.

What to Serve with Pigs in A Blanket

Wondering what to serve with pigs in a blanket? Check out the link for a ton of ideas. Or try some of these favorites:

  • Dipping sauces. Stick to traditional ketchup or mustard. Or use something with a little more flavor. Dijon mustard and BBQ sauce are two great options.
  • Other appetizers. Serve them with an array of other appetizers. Try mac and cheese, deviled eggs, or a cheese plate.
  • Breakfast foods. Make these with sausage for a fun breakfast treat. Serve them alongside pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, etc.

Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)



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  • 8 hot dogs

  • 4 slices American cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury® crescent dinner rolls


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook all 8 hot dogs in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Cut a slit through the middle of each hot dog. Be careful NOT to cut all the way through. Leave 1/2 inch on ends. Insert a strip of cheese in each hot dog slit.
  • Separate dough into triangles. Wrap the dough around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet with the cheese side up.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!
Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

4 thoughts on “Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)”

  1. I have been making those Pig-a-Blanket for over 30 years. I must say that my family always loves it when I make them.


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