The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about pigs-in-a-blanket.
The Full Story:
- The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
- While the 50’s get the credit, pigs-in-a-blanket may actually be as old as the 1600’s. It’s been said that field laborers in the England of the 1600’s had what was essentially the same dish. Putting meat inside of dough was an obvious solution for a quick and nourishing meal on the go.
- Still other legends attribute its creation to the Far East, claiming Asian cultures put fish in a similar roll. The legend claims that American’s copied the dish with hot dogs and biscuits after the fact.
- They are typically small in size and can be eaten in one or two bites. For this reason, they are usually served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre or are accompanied by other dishes in the ‘main course’ section of a meal.
- In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.
- Pigs in a blanket are usually different from sausage rolls, which are a larger, more filling item served for breakfast and lunch in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, more rarely, the United States and Canada