Dutch Food! Sausage Pigs in a Blanket Recipe. What on Earth are they?

Delectable snacks

Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
Sausage rolls
Sausage rolls
Pig in a Blanket sleeping to the left of the sausage!
Pig in a Blanket sleeping to the left of the sausage!
ollieballen Opa Style
ollieballen Opa Style
Party pigs with peppercorn eyes
Party pigs with peppercorn eyes

Almost Universal Sausage Delight

Pigs in a Blanket has many derivatives throughout the world. The pig part is the humble sausage. The blanket part may be pastry, a crepe, a bacon rasher or even cabbage leaves. The dish is supposed to have originated in Germany as Würstchen im Schlafrock ("Sausage in a nightgown"). It is basically a wrapped up sausage. When wrapped in a bacon rasher and baked they are a savoury accompaniment to a festive dinner. Although pastry wrapped sausages or sausage rolls are a common party or hors d'oeuvre offering, the kind I make are my favorite and quite delicious. They were taught to me years ago by my Dutch Father in Law, Opa. He was quite the gourmand and excellent cook though mainly specializing in festive food like olieballen, poffertjes, waffles and Dutch Apple Tart.

This is how to make my version of Pigs in a Blanket, Opa style. They are cooked breakfast links (I usually use Farmer John's little breakfast sausages but any that you personally like will be fine.)

Ingredients

Quantities will depend upon the number you intend to feed. They will be popular so don't underestimate!

Crepe Batter:

1 and a half cups of Milk, 1 tbsp melted butter , Butter or oil for frying the crepes

1 Egg plus 1 yolk, Sausages to your taste

1 cup of S. R. Flour with pinch of salt added

Make well in the center of the flour in a deep dish. Break eggs into the well and beat into the flour adding milk as you go. Add the melted butter until you have obtained a batter that drops off a spoon easily but is not runny. After preparing the plain crepe or pancake batter, leave to rest in the fridge while the sausages are being cooked This should make about a dozen pancakes according to skillet size.

These are prepared by gently frying or grilling until brown, Make sure they are properly cooked through as this is the only cooking they receive. Remove from pan and drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

Take a non stick skillet and add butter or oil to the hot surface so that the whole surface is covered. When bubbling, add pancake batter so that the surface is covered but not too deeply. fry til firm then toss to cook the other side or use a spatula to turn for the faint hearted!

Stack on a very warm plate then assemble by simply wrapping the sausage in its delectable blanket. Serve with Maple syrup or tomato ketchup according to your whim. If they are to take on a picnic, I wrap them up in parcel fashion with a little dressing inside. I made these one Fourth of July and we ate them under the stars on Lake Tahoe watching the firework display. Life doesn't come much better!. Enjoy!


Piggy in the blanket, literal style!

Sleep tight, Piggy...... All Photos courtesy Flickr
Sleep tight, Piggy...... All Photos courtesy Flickr

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Thank you for this hub, really like the idea of 'the party pigs'


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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Clever hub! I like it.


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is great, Gypsy! I was limited to my knowledge of "pigs in a blanket" prior to being in the UK. Now, you have shown me more!!! Thanks, it has been fun! : )


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

After having the gross, grade school-style "pigs in a blanket", which amounted to hotdogs served in soggie styrofoam-white bread, I wasn't sure if this hub was for me.

Thanks for changing my mind - these look delicious! Be trying them soon.


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

The ones at IHOP don't look anything like yours, but add some good maple syrup(not the processed kind) and they sure taste good.

Regards.


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

The last photograph makes me smile. A great Hub


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Kushal, Isn't the piggy precious? Glad you like it!


Iðunn 7 years ago

I love these things. Great recipe, wonderful pic at the bottom, so cute!


ralwus 7 years ago

I grew up with sausage rolls called pigs in a blanket. Ever have a pig in a poke?


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shibashake 7 years ago

Oh I love these! Your pictures really made me hungry. I wish I had a bakery nearby that sold these things.


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Zollstock 7 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

Brought back memories ..... of Würstchen im Schlafrock when I was a child, and an intermittent addiction I had to Pigs in a blanket during my first pregnancy. Here's to your Opa - I might just try my hand at this recipe and hopefully won't set off the smoke detectors ;-)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Good luck Zollstock. Just don't take your eyes off the pan! Thanks for the comment. Let me know how you get on. ( There are worse addictions you know!!) :)


llanishen 7 years ago

I will find it difficult to eat those. Love the images though.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

The ones I love are made with crepes with small breakfast sausages. Do you still live in Llanishen, I am from St Mellons. The sausages in Uk nearest to the little breakfast ones are walls skinless. Yummy!


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caoshub 7 years ago from Portugal

Wow :) great tips :) and its funny that you name them like that :) "Pigs in a blanket" :) never eard :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Welcome, caoshub! Yes we Brits have lots of funny dishes, have you checked out my other hubs, Toad in the Hole, spotted Dick etc?

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