This pigs in a blanket recipe is only two ingredients: Lil smokies and crescent rolls. Perfect party food or eat for breakfast!
Little smokies in a blanket is our favorite pigs in a blanket recipe because it is super easy, kid-friendly, and adults love them, too! My recipe uses refrigerated crescent rolls for the dough and creates the perfect snack for any occasion.
What is your overall go-to party appetizer? Consider all aspects -- convenience, taste, appeal to your guests, etc. For me, it's these lil smokies crescent rolls because they're a classic easy recipe that kids and adults BOTH love. During football season we call these "Pigskins in a Blanket" for a fun tailgating snack!
Have you been making these for years and years like me? I never thought to publish the recipe, but just the other day a friend texted me on how to make them. That is when I realized I should take a photo and publish the steps to throw these together.
(full printable recipe at end of this post)
You only need TWO ingredients for this easy pigs in a blanket recipe.
Grocery List for Lil Smokies in a Blanket:
- Lil Smokies - You might call them cocktail sausages or franks. I like the all beef smokies but you can use your favorite. They typically come in a package of around 42 mini sausages. I usually need to open two packages.
- Refrigerated crescent roll dough - Grab two tubs of 8 count crescent rolls each, not the full sheet dough. You'll see below how I slice the crescent rolls to make this pigs in a blanket recipe easy peasy. If you buy the full sheet, it will still work but just not as simple.
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How to Make Lil Smokies in a Blanket
Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the step-by-step on how to make pigs in a blanket. The general steps are as follows:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Slice each crescent roll triangle into thirds to make 48 wedges.
- Wrap each lil smokies with one-third of a crescent triangle (one wedge) and place onto a baking sheet seam side down.
- Bake 15 minutes until the pigs in a blanket dough is cooked through and golden brown.
Your Questions Answered
What can I serve with pigs in a blanket?
There are many recipes that go well with lil smokies in a blanket. We'll serve them alongside anything like tomato soup, baked beans, mac 'n cheese, cheese dip, deviled eggs and even breakfast food!
Can I prep lil smokies crescent rolls the night before?
Yes! BUT, do not wrap them more than the night before because you risk the dough from drying out. Make sure you cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate them until they're ready for baking. I also recommend transferring them to a different baking pan and not baking them on the cold one or you risk uneven baking.
Are little smokies already cooked?
Lil smokies are cocktail sausages that are pre-cooked and refrigerated in the package. This recipe simply reheats the smokies and cooks the dough.
Why is it called "Pigs in a Blanket"?
You can probably answer this one for me. Those little sausages (typically made from pork) represent the piggies and the dough is the blanket wrapped about the piggies.
What sauce goes with pigs in a blanket?
I suggest trying my copycat Zaxby's sauce for dipping these crescent dogs. But, honey mustard sauce, white cheese dip or simply ketchup are great with these, too.
Top Tips and Tricks
- Make more! These crescent roll pigs in a blanket disappear quickly, especially on game day. Definitely double or triple the recipe and bake more for a really large crowd. It's easy to make more or less as you need.
- Use a large baking sheet. You can fit a ton at once on a large baking sheet (I use my favorite big sheet pan lined with a silicone mat) to entertain a large amount of guests. Leftovers store well in the fridge to quickly reheat the next day or two for lunch.
- Add cheese. Like a cheesy crescent dog? Roll a small piece of an American cheese slice with the lil smokies. Baking time will be the same.
- How to store leftovers. Store the pigs in a blanket in a sealed container for up to 1 week. Reheat in the microwave or oven.
Now I'm curious, did you need this recipe or are you an "old hand" at making these?
More Party Appetizer Recipes
- Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip - one of my faves.
- Million Dollar Dip - you can't stop eating!
- Easy Baked Egg Rolls - freezer friendly!
- Sausage Balls - always crowd pleasing.
- Garlic Cheese Bites - who doesn't love garlic and cheese?
Lil Smokies in a Blanket
- 2 cans (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent rolls
- 48 lil' smokies (or cocktail sausages)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Open cans of crescent dough and separate into 16 triangles (as perforated in the dough) onto a cutting board.
- Slice each crescent triangle lengthwise into thirds. Place one sausage onto the wider side of triangle and roll up to the thinner side. Place on large baking sheet seam side down. Repeat with remaining sausages.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until dough is baked through and golden brown.
- Roll a small piece of cheese with each piggy if you want cheesy pigs in a blanket.
- Cooking time will vary slightly if baking in batches.
- Nutrition information is an estimate only.