It’s April 24, and the weekend is coming up. It’s time for some fun food.
Well of course it is, because today is National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day!
Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket is often hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked. Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served at any mealtime or snacktime!
In other parts of the world, another popular version of pigs-in-a-blanket includes cabbage rolls stuffed with a beef filling, covered with a tomato or cream sauce. Many recipes use the name “Pigs-in-a-Blanket” to describe just about any meat product wrapped in something. For example, there’s one recipe that sounds delicious calling for stuffing a hotdog with a slice of cheese and wrapping the whole works with bacon — that’s known in some places as a fair food called a “Texas Tommy”.
Some references give Betty Crocker credit for the first printed use of the phrase in its 1957 cookbook, records as early as 1901 reference recipes for pigs-in-a-blanket in a variety of forms. However, the phrase did increase in usage in the English language after it was printed in the cookbook.
The best way to observe #NationalPigBlanketDay is to make enough to share! Try this recipe for the cabbage roll version, or this one for the traditional hot dogs in a crescent roll. And don’t forget the Dipping Sauces!