Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a blanket (US)
Type Sausage wrapped in bacon
Main ingredients Hot dog
Variations Wrapped in bacon, filled with cheese, pancake wrap
Cookbook: Pigs in a blanket  Media: Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket (defective, also pig in a blanket) is a variety of different sausage-based foods in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Canada, and Japan. The sausage centre varies depending on geographic location (e.g Cumberland is a favoured variety in the UK while it is virtually unknown in the USA). Geography also dominates the form of the ‘blanket’ with bacon being the most common choice in the UK, while Americans choose pastry.

Many are large, but other recipes call for a dish that is small in size and can be eaten in one or two bites. For this reason, they are commonly served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre, or are accompanied by other items during the main course.

In the United States, pigs in a blanket are a breakfast item, owing to their pastry ‘blanket’. A small bite-sized form is a common hors d'oeuvre served at cocktail parties and is often accompanied by a mustard or aioli dipping sauce.

Pigs in a blanket are different from sausage rolls, consisting of sausage meat (different in flavour, texture and appearance to an actual sausage) wrapped in flakey pastry. These are mainly eaten in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as a lunchtime snack.


"Pigs in a blanket" functions as both the singular and the plural for the food. To match speakers' and listeners' notions formed by other experience with the English language, sometimes a single roll is found to be referred to as a "pig in a blanket" or the plural occurs as "pigs in blankets".

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, "pigs in blankets" refers to small sausages (usually chipolatas) wrapped in bacon.[1] They are a traditional accompaniment to roast turkey in a Christmas dinner.[2]

United States

In the United States, the term "pigs in a blanket" typically refers to hot dogs in croissant rolls, but may include Vienna sausages, cocktail or breakfast/link sausages baked inside biscuit dough or croissant dough. The dough is sometimes homemade, but canned dough is most common. Pancake dough is also sometimes used, although this combination is more commonly served like a corn dog and sold as a pancake on a stick. Pigs in a blanket are somewhat similar to a sausage roll. The larger variety is served as a quick and easy main course or a light meal (particularly for children) at breakfast or brunch while the smaller version is served as an appetizer. In Texas, they are also referred to as kolaches, despite the term being a slight misnomer.


The name can also refer to Czech-American dish, klobasnek.

The German Würstchen im Schlafrock ("sausage in a dressing gown") uses sausages wrapped in puff pastry[3] or, more rarely, pancakes. Cheese and bacon are sometimes present. - not to be confused with the English "Pig in blanket" - which it is not.

In Russia, this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, "sausage in dough").

In Israel, Moshe Ba'Teiva (Moses in the basket) is a children's dish consisting of a hot dog rolled in a ketchup-covered sheet of puff pastry or phyllo dough and baked.

In Denmark, there is a dish similar to the British-style dish known as the Pølse i svøb, which means "sausage in blanket", usually sold at hot dog stands known as pølsevogn (sausage-wagons). The American-style pigs in a blanket are known as Pølsehorn, meaning "Sausage horns".

In Finland, pigs in blanket are known as nakkipiilo, which means "hidden sausage" if it is translated freely.

In Mexico, the sausage is wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried in vegetable oil. The name "salchitaco" comes from the fusion of the words salchicha (sausage) and taco (sausage taco).

In both Australia and New Zealand, pig in a blanket is a cocktail frankfurter wrapped in bacon and/or puff pastry.

In China, a Chinese sausage wrapped in pastry is called "Lap Cheong Bao" and is steamed rather than baked. In southern Canton, particularly Hong Kong, a sausage wrapped in pastry is called "Cheung Jai Bau" or "Hot Dog Bun" and is baked instead of being steamed.

In Estonia, they are referred to as "viineripirukas", which means sausage pastry.

In Serbia, the dish has a name "rol viršla", lit. (hot) dog roll. Rol viršla is a very popular type of fast food in Serbia.

See also


  1. Lee, Jeremy (26 November 2017). "The great Christmas taste test 2017". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. Neild, Barry (14 December 2013). "Turkey, pigs in blankets, even sprouts… but no Christmas pudding, thanks". The Observer. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. Würstchen im Schlafrock. Retrieved 9 September 2008

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