I love to watch certain sports. I also like to entertain on occasion. Of course, it's especially fun to combine the two into one event!! So, when you think about warm appetizers that can be used for one, or both, situations, what comes to mind first? Pigs in Blankets!!
Now, when most think of pigs in blankets, they think a package of crescent rolls or biscuits wrapped around cocktail smokies, right? What if I were to tell you it's almost as easy to make them homemade, and they actually taste better? It really is, you know. There's a fresh quality that you just can't get from pre-made dough, and those packs of cocktail weinies just have too much salt and not enough flavor for me.
So, in an effort to help make your entertaining easier and tastier (not to mention, to get my first post on here under the Appetizer catagory...haha), I present to you my recipe for a FANTASTIC finger food!!
PIGS IN BLANKETS
2 cups plus 5 tablespoons self-rising flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk (whole tastes best, but 2% will work)
2 large egg
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound Polska Keilbasa sausage (regular smoked sausage will work, also)
1 tablespoon water
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, salt and cheese and mix with a fork. In a small bowl, blend the milk, 1 egg, and 3 tablespoons of oil with a whisk until mixed well. Pour into the flour mixture, and stir well, blending until a reasonably thick dough comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured board, and adding a tablespoon of flour at a time, knead the dough until it's only slightly sticky and can be rolled out. Roll dough out on floured surface until it's about 1/8 inch thick (if you can't get it quite that thin, it's ok). Allow to rest while you prepare the sausage.
Cut the sausage into 3 inch lengths, then quarter them longways. From one pound of sausage you will get about 36-40 pieces. Doing a single layer at a time, brown them lightly in a large skillet with the remaining vegetable oil, until all done (remember, they will bake, which will finish the cooking. Drain on paper towels, and set aside.
Now that your dough has rested, using a pastry wheel (or like me, a pizza cutter) cut the dough into 3x3 inch squares. To assemble, place one piece sausage diagonally onto each square, and roll up. Lay about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In another small bowl, beat remaining egg with the water, and using a pastry brush, lightly wash the dough on each "pig". Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until a golden brown color. Serve warm, or if you wish, you can make these the day before, then reheat in a microwave, about 15 at a time, for about 1 1/2 minutes just before needed.
Yummy stuff, and these go well with a nice cheese and veggie/fruit tray. Typically, when I make these, they're gone first out of everything I might put out...they're THAT good!! ENJOY!!