Mini smokies wrapped in crescent roll strips and then baked in a sweet and buttery sauce. These Caramelized Pigs in a Blanket are insanely good and the perfect appetizer for any occasion!
You guys, if you only make one appetizer ever again in your life, promise me it will be these Caramelized Pigs in a Blanket! Or if you still are looking for the perfect, most delicious appetizer to make tonight for your New Year’s Eve party, then look no further.
I don’t even know how to begin to put into words how freaking delicious these little things are.
I clearly remember the day my sister called me to tell me about these amazing things her friend had made. It’s been at least 10 years since she got the recipe from her friend and shared it with me. I’ve been making them ever since, and every single time I take them somewhere I get asked for the recipe.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share this recipe, I’m so sorry.
I wrote the recipe on a scratch piece of paper and called them “weenie things” since my sister didn’t know the name for them. I decided I really couldn’t post this recipe and just call them “weenie things”, so I asked my boys what they should be called. Braydon said “Caramelized Pigs in a Blanket.” I told him that was the perfect name for them.
I know these might seem weird and gross, but trust me, they are neither. The combination of the sweet & savory is perfect. I can almost guarantee that if you eat one, you will want to eat the entire pan. There may or may not have been a little fighting over the years amongst my boys over who gets to eat the last one.There is no secret to rolling these up. Just place the little smokie at the wide end of the strip of dough and then roll. They don’t have to look perfect.
Just look at that bubbly, buttery, brown sugary mixture. I wish you could just reach through your screen and grab one. But since you can’t, you should just go make these. You absolutely won’t regret it. You may hate me for sharing these because you’re going to be hooked and want to devour the entire pan, but I can live with that.
TIPS FOR MAKING CARAMELIZED PIGS IN A BLANKET:
- Don’t worry about the strips of crescent rolls being perfect and uniform. After separating the dough, start at the wide end of the triangle and cut into three strips. I like to use a pizza cutter.
- I fit 36 of these into my 9×13 dish. So between the two packages of crescent rolls, you will have 16 triangles, but will only need to cut 12 of them. I take the remaining 4 crescent rolls and rolls them up and bake them to eat. Or you can just throw them away, but why waste them, right?
- These really are best served warm, so be sure to bake them right before you’re ready to serve them. You can refrigerate any leftovers and reheat them in the microwave. They’re not quite as good, but it never stops us from eating the few that are sometimes left over.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 pkg. (12-14 oz) Little Smokies
- 2 pkgs. Crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat. Add honey, brown sugar and almonds and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish.
Unroll crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Starting at the wide edge of the triangle, cut each triangle into 3 strips. (They don’t have to be perfect and/or the same size. Also, only cut about 12 of the 16 triangles to start.) Place a little smokie on the wide end of each strip and roll up. Place in pan on top of brown sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining dough and smokies. (*you can fit about 36 in the pan. You will have a few smokies left.)
Bake for 20- 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for about 5 minutes then serve immediately.
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