Pigs in a blanket are so passé! A more grown-up version with butter, Parmesan & crescent rolls updates this classic for breakfast, snacks, hor’derves, or any old time! Easy Peasy Pigs in a Pillow will be your new go-to make-ahead treat any day of the week.
My mother-in-law is a lovely woman. She only had sons, so when I married my husband, I became her “daughter-in-love”. Isn’t that the sweetest thing you ever heard? One of the ways she shows that love is making sure everyone has access to handy meals and snacks anytime we visit.
One of the first things I remember her making were these adorable little pockets of tasty goodness, which I have now termed Pigs in a Pillow. When she first served them, I asked her what in the heck made them so good! She chuckled and stated that they “weren’t anything fancy”. I didn’t believe her–I thought there was some family secret she was keeping from me! You can smell the sausage and baking bread wafting up the stairs, beckoning you to get your rear in gear and down to the kitchen before these little gems disappear.
Many years later I realized that she was telling the truth. There isn’t much to these pleasing little pillows of savory flavor. But the flavor in there packs just the right punch! I mean, it’s doused in butter, so that means it’s made with love, right? And then a topping of salty Parmesan cheese makes it fancy. Well, fancier than those regular old Pigs in a Blanket you might have had as a kid anyway.
I have now added this super simple recipe to my legion of recipes that rely on the old standby: Crescent Roll Dough. The possibilities of what can be done with this simple pre-made dough are truly endless. I’m also partial to these 2-ingredient Sausage Rolls, also perfect for a party or whatever you have going on. I love that anything made with the dough puffs up like a pillow, hence my name for these yummy bites.
On a recent visit to my in-laws’, my MIL (mother-in-law) had these ready for consumption first thing in the morning. While she likes blackberry jam on hers, I like mustard on mine. Everyone got a bite of what they liked, and the morning was off to a great start. So much so that the very next day when we hosted a last-minute brunch with some friends, I knew what I was making.
Yup. They were approved by the whole crowd.
These are so simple that your kids will love helping to make them. Let them play with the various flavors and cheeses they put on their own versions. I even convinced the one in the pic above that she could make these at college.
I’m waiting for my first text with a picture of her & a plateful of these Easy Peasy Pigs in a Pillow. I have a sneaking suspicion there will be a roomful of eager college students eager to dig in!
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