If the phrase “pigs in a blanket” conjures up images of darling newborn piglets swaddled in warm fluffy blankets you are definitely not a foodie. National Pigs in a Blanket Day on April 24 is a holiday celebrating one of our favorite comfort foods — pork sausage (or hotdogs) baked in pastry. Thank Betty Crocker, whose cookbooks decorated every post-war kitchen, for first exposing young impressionable minds to this culinary delight. In 1957 she published Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids, with the first simple recipe for the taste treat, and the rest is history! From a child’s first flour-smudged attempts at cooking to chic cocktail party fare, and from fancy pastry crust to pre-made biscuits in a tube, pigs in a blanket are the ubiquitous snack for every occasion. Whether it’s a plain hotdog or a fancy sausage wrapped in your favorite dough, gather your friends and share memories of the first time you were introduced to pigs in a blanket.
National Pigs in a Blanket Day Activities
1. Share your favorite recipe with a friend
Take a moment to call, or better yet – write a note – to the one you think of first when you think of eating pigs-in-a-blanket. Share a fun memory and the recipe. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Throw a do-it-yourself party
Get all the ingredients together for all the different pigs-in-a-blanket recipes you can think of – hot dogs, savory sausage, breakfast links – even some vegetables like asparagus or baby carrots for your vegetarian friends. Then make pancakes and buy puff pastry, soft tacos, wonton wrappers, even a tube of biscuits – and invite your friends over to feast on pigs in a blanket.
3. Cultivate your sense of whimsy
Delight your significant other with a candle-lit dinner. Set a fancy table and arrange some flowers, then surprise them with a main course of – you guessed it – pigs-in-a-blanket!
Why We Love National Pigs in a Blanket Day
A. They're an easy way to introduce new cooks to the joy of cooking
Preparing pigs in a blanket are creative and fun way to foster a love of cooking early in life. For the first batch, set a good example about the importance of following a recipe. Then show them how to break all the rules and still create a mouth-watering snack.
B. They're an excuse to have a party
Face it, there’s no better party food than pigs-in-a-blanket. They’re easy to make, are great finger food and very tasty. With just two ingredients, all you need to do is add friends (and drinks) and you've got a party!
C. They make us nostalgic
Food triggers memories like no other stimulus, and pigs in a blanket remind us of being kids, making these tasty treats with our parents, getting giddy as the delicious aroma started to waft from the oven, then waiting impatiently as they cooled down enough to eat!