Healthy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Have I ever told you about the trophy I won back when I was in high school?  I’m not very athletic, so I hope you aren’t imagining some sport trophy.  If so, you’re going to be rather disappointed, although amused, I’m sure.

My trophy proudly displayed a golden pig.  Don’t laugh. It had a wooden base and stood about 15 inches tall and there at the top was a golden hog that was probably around 3 inches long.  Oh how I wish I still had it so that I could take a picture to show you.  Wait – what did I just say?  Do I really wish I still had my pig trophy?  Why?  So that I could use it to decorate my living room?  (Precious Moments figurines, family pictures, pig trophy…)  Yes, I think I’m glad my golden swine got misplaced.

In case winning pig trophies aren’t common where you’re from, let me explain my prize.  I was a farm girl and we were involved in 4-H.  Each year, we raised pigs to take to the fair.  One year, my pig won Reserve Grand Champion.  It was a proud moment – and also a little embarrassing because well, what teenage girl do you know that can truly appreciate being awarded with a trophy of a pig?  The only one at the fair more excited/embarrassed than me was my brother.  His pig took the Grand Champion prize, so his pig trophy was even bigger than mine.  Yep, those were some pigs.

Kind of makes you want to read Charlotte’s Web again, doesn’t it?

I say all of that to say: “I had a pig trophy and you didn’t, neener-neener-neeeeeener.”

Just kidding.  (Even though it’s probably true – neener-neener.)

But really, I just wanted to share a new idea I’ve come up with for making a healthy variety of Pigs in a Blanket.  I don’t want to get all “farm animal technical” here on you, but even though these are called “Pigs in a Blanket”, there’s actually no pork in these.  I prefer my hot dogs to be all beef, no nitrate, no nitrite, no nootrote (I made that one up) and otherwise as healthy as a processed meat can possibly be.  But to call these “Cows in a Blanket” – well, that just does nothing for me.  It doesn’t sound nearly as cute.  And really, these treats do look like little pigs wrapped up taking a nap.  As we all know, pigs are always willing to be swaddled.  I know my 4-H pigs always went directly where I told them to go.  (bah)

Healthier “Pigs in a Blanket”

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt
16 beef hotdogs, cut in half (I buy Applegate Farm Beef Hotdogs from Azure Standard)
32 small pieces of cheddar cheese (optional)

That dough recipe may sound a bit familiar.  It’s my go-to recipe for Homemade Pizza Pockets, Homemade Poptarts and a variety of other goodies that require a flaky, buttery crust.

Mix flour, salt, butter and yogurt together.  Knead ingredients together on a floured countertop until the dough is ready to be rolled out.  Use a floured rolling pen to roll the dough to a 1/8 inch thickness.  Use a knife to cut the dough into 32 rectangles.

Place one piece of cheese (if desired) and one hotdog half on each rectangle.

Roll it up and place it on a well buttered baking dish.  Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.

My kids especially like the Pigs in a Blanket made with cheese.  These warm up great as leftovers and can be frozen.  (I’d bake them first before freezing, then pull them out and rewarm them in the oven for a few minutes.)

I’m posting this recipe as a part of our Funky Fresh Kitchen series to remind us all that you can make all kinds of great dishes that are kid friendly and fun AND healthy!

Tell me all about your trophies, pigs, brothers, athleticism (or lack thereof), carrot sticks, or anything else remotely relating to this post. Your comment is your entry for a chance to win one of five $10 gift certificates to the Heavenly Homemakers Shop.

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Comments

  1. Keara says

    I love sports (volleyball, softball, sand volleyball, etc ) ! But bein a momma doesn’t get me in on too much o that… Think I’ll try my energy at this yummy-lookin pig-in-a-blanket recipe :)

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  2. Holly says

    I just popped a batch of these into the oven (using some Trader Joe’s little smokies-style beef sausages that I was able to pick up the last time I drove through ABQ) and BOTH of my younger kids (age 12 and 10) stopped in the kitchen and pleaded to help. I wound up doing pretty much nothing but putting their little masterpieces in the oven! I don’t know how they will taste, but it was a great morning in the kitchen!

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  3. says

    oooh this is my son’s favorite meal, although we usually use croissants. i’ve been really disappointed, as we had to stop using pilsbury since their croissant dough contains red 40 (I wish I was joking!) so this makes me really happy that i can make his favorite meal healthier!! woo hoo!!

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  4. Erin says

    I get Trader Joe’s all beef hotdogs, Nitrate, Nitrite, Nitrote (I like it!) Free! This looks like a great meal, as well as great leftovers! Thanks so much!

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  5. Christina Frei says

    Super fun! We’re always looking for ways to make it possible to still eat some of the stuff that doesn’t pass the “food” test at our house! This will help! Thanks

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  6. Paulette says

    I’ve been looking for a “healthy” substitute recipe for these for a long time. When I saw your recipe, I knew I’d have to try it! Thanks!

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  7. Christina says

    I remember my mom fixing these for us when we were kids! It was a pretty inexpensive meal for 5 children…but not as healthy as your recipe. Thanks for this!! So easy and we will be having pigs in a blanket again!!! I thought I would never be able to have them again!! YAY!!

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  8. Naomi says

    I can’t wait to try this dough & these for my kids, they love pigs in a blanket and I’m so thankful I’ve found a healthier version! :)

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  9. Susan says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. We’ve been really enjoying it, the dough is great to work with too. We’ve made the dogs, pizza pockets and the pop tarts. We’ve got a name suggestion for you, we call ours snuggly dogs. Then you can miss the whole “what meat is it?” deal.

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  10. Karen says

    With Halloween around the corner (although we’re not “into” Halloween at all, these are so cute!), you can make mummy dogs. Cut the dough into stips and wind around the dogs (leaving little spaces open is great) and leave a little opening for the eyes (two little dab of mustard).

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    C Dazey Reply:

    I like your idea!

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  11. melanie says

    Can you do the dough in the bread machine?

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t have a bread machine, so I’m not sure how this would work. :)

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  12. Parwin says

    Is this freshly ground flour or store bought wheat flour? I find the measurements needed to make dough a little different if I grind the wheat at home. So just needing some clarification. Looks yummy and will try. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I use freshly ground flour from hard white wheat.

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  13. says

    My boys requested pigs in a blanket for Christmas morning breakfast. I love this recipe (and I have used this dough before for fried apple pies! YUM!) But I’m just wondering if I’m really willing to get up and make these Christmas morning. I wonder if I could roll them up Christmas Eve and put them in the fridge to go straight to the oven Christmas morning. I try to only do make ahead recipes for Christmas brunch. Even my egg nog coffee cake is over night! I might just try it. :)

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    Laura Reply:

    Yum, that sounds like a great idea! Yes, I think it would work just fine to make them ahead!

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  14. Jen B says

    When you freeze these after they’re baked, how long and at what temperature do you reheat them in the oven? Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I would reheat them at 350 for about 10-15 minutes.

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  15. Lisa says

    What can I substitute the yogurt with? I can use vegan butter, but not sure what to use for the yogurt.

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    Laura Reply:

    Maybe coconut milk?

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    Katie Reply:

    Just tried this today because I’m out of yogurt, and it worked great! I soured the coconut milk with a bit of lemon juice before using it in the recipe, and it tastes just the same in my opinion. :)

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  16. Cheryl says

    We make these all the time, but call them cows in a parka! (cause they are beefy hotdogs, not pork and we live in the North)

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  17. says

    We found this recipe a few months ago, and I have to tell you–it’s a family favorite now!My 4 year old son picked this for lunch on his day of the week. We make them using a slightly different process (no rolling out). I love how they freeze!

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  18. Brandy Fisk says

    We need to try these. My oldest son would love these since I haven’t bought these since trying to eat healthier this year!

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  19. Jodie says

    I’m watching a local talk show making mummies -store bought crescent rolls cut in strips wrapped around hot dogs.
    I know we love this recipe already, so I think I’ll try it and make mummie dogs tonight, just healthier than the TV version!
    Thanks for all you do!

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