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Monday 24 April 2023

Pigs-in-a-Blanket : Did you know ?

In the US, "National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day is 24 April, and is full of tasty sausage-based treats. But where does the tradition come from, and what are Pigs-in-a-Blanket?

In this article, we will look at where the celebration originated and what goes into making this meaty delight.

Pigs in blankets are a global tasty treat.

Pigs in blankets have many forms and many names.

If you have an image of little piglets wrapped up warm in cosy blankets, then you are thinking of the wrong thing.

Generally, pigs in blankets refer to any form of pork sausage wrapped in either dough or other meats.

In the US, pigs in blankets refer to hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in a biscuit or croissant dough.

They are also called “franks in a blanket” or “franks in blanks.”

In the UK, pigs in blankets are small cocktail sausages or chipolatas wrapped in bacon.

Other names for pigs in blankets in the UK are “wrapped sausages” and “pigs in skins.”

In Mexico, pigs in blankets are called “Salchitaco’s.”

In Germany, they are called “Würstchen im Schlafrock,” which means sausage in a dressing gown.

China has its own variation called Lap Cheong Bao.

Pigs in a blanket originate from Europe.

The sausage-based food Pigs-in-a-Blanket was first seen in Europe.

In the 1600s, types of meat encased in dough became common for field workers in Britain.

It is thought that the name comes from central Europe from countries such as Germany, Slovakia, and Czechia.

The first time the name appeared in the US was in 1957 in Betty Crocker’s “Cooking For Kids” recipe book.

It is unknown exactly who invented pigs in blankets as variations have existed for hundreds of years across the globe.

National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day is different in the UK.

It isn’t just the US that has a great love of pigs in blankets! The UK does too.

However, in the UK, National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day is on December 12, and it isn’t a registered national day.

This is because in the UK, pigs in blankets are often eaten alongside a roast turkey, and in particular, they are served as part of a Christmas dinner.

The first Pigs-in-a-Blanket day in the UK occurred in 2013.

It was part of a marketing campaign by online butcher Farmison & Co to help sell their pigs in blankets just before Christmas.

Pigs in blankets are loved around the world, and every country has its own variation.

Essentially they all consist of a pork sausage being wrapped and then baked in an oven.

National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day occurs in the USA every April 24.

Although the national day varies from country to country, everyone loves to celebrate this delicious food." 
Do you like Pigs in Blankets? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Words above from article here

More recipe suggestions for Pigs in Blanket here

~ I just had to include a picture of some pigs on this post 😊 ~

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use a reliable meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


roentare said...

I would love pigs in a blanket dish

Creations By Cindy said...

They are most common in my neck of the woods for bridal and baby showers and oh yes, football parties! I use little smokies but have used hot dogs before. My tribe loves them. Sometimes I wrap bacon around them and sometimes I don't. Either way, they make a good snack. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Elephant's Child said...

Not for me. I prefer my pigs trotting round on their legs.

Anonymous said...

We enjoy pigs in blankets with Sunday Roast Chicken but they make a tasty snack too.


Tom said...

...these look great!

happyone said...

I've eaten them but not for a long time.
Didn't know that had their own special day. :)

Christine said...


My name is Erika. said...

This post is perfect because we are having pigs in a blanket for dinner tonight. I feel like a kid because I haven't had them in years. Thanks for this interesting post!

peppylady (Dora) said...

I haven't had piggy blanket for lease 10 years.
Coffee is on and staysafe.

The Happy Whisk said...

That's funny. I never knew pigs in a blanket had their own day!

Jenn Jilks said...

I used to make these when the kids were small!

Catarina said...

Who doesn't like them!!!. : )

J.P. Alexander said...

Se ven muy ricos te mando un beso.

Angie's Recipes said...

Didn't even know there's such a day to celebrate pigs in a blanket...

Margaret D said...

Goodness, never heard of such a thing.
Good reading however.

eileeninmd said...

Looks yummy, thanks for sharing.
Take care, enjoy you day!

Donna said...

I use to like them but not so much anymore...

Practical Parsimony said...

I love pigs in a blanket but NOT with Vienna sausages. I can eat the cocktail weenies, but prefer the full-sized hotdogs.

Divers and Sundry said...

I've had them at events... I've never made them myself and no longer go to events, so I may never eat another one lol

DeniseinVA said...

Fun info on Pigs in the Blanket. They look yummy!

Caty said...

We also have pigs in a blanket in Spain too, sometimes instead of pig meat, we have datiles in a blanket :) and the contrast sugar and salt is delicious.
Thanks so much for sharing your post with us. Have a great day
Big hugs, Caty

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I do like pigs in a blanket, Jan. They’re a tasty appetizer.

William Kendall said...

There's a Greek bakery here that does sausage rolls like that.

NatureFootstep said...

yes. I have done it, But it was long ago now!

Jeanie said...

I think I'd like your UK pigs in a blanket version better than the US one!

Conniecrafter said...

Yes we have had them, usually for parties, we dip them in mustard.

Teresa said...

Con los dátiles están buenísimos. Besos.