My son is a hot dog fiend, and to mix things up, I wanted him to try some pigs in a blanket! No surprise that he loved them, and my favorite part about making themwas how easy they were to make in the air fryer. Top them with your favorite seasoning, dip them in ketchup, these old fashioned snacks are something everybody loves.
What are pigs in a blanket?
In short, pigs in a blanket is a term used for a side dish or snack that consists of a piece of sausage, or a hot dog, wrapped in some type of pastry dough. The version we know as a ‘pig in a blanket’ is an American delight which originated in the Netherlands and was roughly translated into English as ‘sausage bread”.
Ingredients Needed to make Pigs in a Blanket in the Air Fryer
- Canned Crescent Rolls: You can use any type of canned dough you like, but to keep it easy on the cook, I use canned crescent rolls.
- Hot Dogs or Little Smokies: If using hot dogs, cut them in half. Little smokies are probably nicer looking as they won’t have a rough edge but usually we snarf these down pretty fast so nobody notices anyways.
- Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (optional): I like some texture added to my pigs in a blanket. Fancy piggies!
How to Make Pigs in a Blanket in the Air Fryer
- Step 1: Preheat air fryer to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
- Step 2: Open can of crescent rolls. Cut them in half, so each piece results in 2 triangular shapes.
- Step 3: If using hot dogs, cut them in half. Place half of hot dog or little smoke on the large end of the triangle, and roll upwards towards the tip of the crescent roll (see picture above).
- Sprinkle tops of pigs in a blanket with seasoning if desired (as mentioned I use Everything but the Bagel seasoning).
- Spray the air fryer sheet or basket with nonstick spray.
- Air fry the pigs in blankets for about 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and the crescent roll is cooked all the way through.
My memory of pigs in a blanket is from my Grandma Sharon. I do not have a normal ‘Grandma’- she is a fabulous breed of Grandma, a ‘Glam-ma’ if you will. She is an actress, and being so, every year for Christmas we would have these amazing Christmas shows where all of us grandkids would perform for the parents (it was a big deal- she had a stage for us, my Grandpa Fred would play the piano, costumes, lighting, the whole shebang). About a week before the big show, we would have a sleepover and rehearse- she’d make all kinds of goodies, we’d sing, dance, and snack. Among the snacks was always pigs in a blanket. I hated spending the night places and usually always called my mom to come get me, but the one sleepover I’d make it through were the Christmas show rehearsal sleepovers. Being so- Pigs in a blanket taste like Christmas show rehearsals at my Grandmas to me….Maybe Benny could sense they were special and thats why he liked them so much (or maybe he’s just a big hungry, stinky 2 year old who eats his weight in hot dogs, whose to say!). Food memories…we all have them. 🙂
Other Appetizers and Snacks we Think You’ll Love:
- Chicken Lollipops
- Chicken Tenderloins (Air Fryer Recipe)
- Easy Jalapeño Popper Cups
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Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket
- 1 8 oz refrigerated can of crescent roll dough
- 6 hot dogs of choice cut in half
- Everything but the Bagel seasoning (optional)
- Preheat air fryer to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Spray air fryer basket or tray with nonstick spray.
- On a large cutting board, Cut crescent dough in half, resulting in 12 triangular pieces.
- Roll hot dog half in crescent roll dough (from large to small). Sprinkle tops with seasoning if desired.
- Place pig in blanket on air fryer basket/tray and air fry for about 6-7 minutes, or until dough is golden brown and hot dog is cooked all the way through. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.