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Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages

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Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages (aka Little Smokies) are one of my go to appetizers as not only do they taste great, but they are simple to prepare and cook too. Coat the sausages in a combination of your favorite sauces before roasting them in a hot oven. Then wrap the sausages in crescent roll pastry and bake until golden.

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages

This classic American pigs in a blanket recipe is so very easy to make, the main ingredients being a package of cocktail sausages that you wrap in crescent rolls.

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages are an appetizer that’s always a huge hit at parties and celebrations. This is an appetizer that everyone will love, the perfect recipe for tailgating or any holiday party!

If you are serving a crowd this recipe can be easily doubled or trebled up to feed larger group of people, making them the ideal games night snack.

The key to making great pigs in a blanket though, is in the sauce. Some people ask me, “What sauce?” They just wrap, bake, and go?

Yes, that works too, but they are so delicious if you bake them in sauce first, before you wrap them up in the crescent roll. Try it, then let me know what you think!

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the cocktail sausages into a pie plate and pour the liquid sauces over the top.
  • Place the pie plate into the hot oven and cooked for 30 minutes.
rolling dough on a wooden surface with small sausages
  • Meanwhile line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Open a can of crescent rolls and break the pastry into their pre-cut triangle shapes.
  • Cut them again into smaller triangles and wrap the smokies up in the triangles.
  • Place the smokies onto the lined baking sheet, and return to the oven to bake for about 15 minutes until the roll is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot.

Recipe ingredients:

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages
  • SAUSAGES: I use 1 package of cocktail sausages to make my pigs in a blanket. Any cocktail sausage will work, but I used beef Little Smokies.
  • PASTRY: For ease, I use a can of ready made crescent rolls.
  • SAUCES: Before wrapping in the crescent roll pastry, I bake the sausages in a combination of A-1 sauce, BBQ sauce and Worcestershire sauce. This adds great flavor to the finished dish.

Flavor variations:

  • I’ve used beef sausage, but pork, lamb or turkey sausages would work well in this recipe too.
  • Sometimes I buy the Little Smokies with cheese inside, or add a bit of shredded cheese to them before I wrap them.
  • Crescent roll pastry works a treat as the pastry is light a flaky, but you could also use a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry too. Just cut it up into small triangles, just large enough to wrap the smokies in.
  • You could also brush the top with a bit of butter (or use buttery crescent rolls) and sprinkle over some dried herbs before baking.
  • The Honey Butter Crescent Rolls make these especially delicious!
  • Use any flavor or variety of sauce that you want to cook the sausages in.
  • Add some chili heat, by adding some red pepper flakes, chili powder or hot chili sauce to the sausages while they are roasting in the oven.
Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages


What are pigs in a blanket?

Pigs in a blanket are cocktail sausages that are wrapped up in a blanked of croissant dough and baked to golden in a hot oven.

Can you make pigs in a blanket ahead of time?

This is a great make ahead recipe. I like to cook the sausages in the sauce, then allow them to cool completely, before wrapping them up in the crescent roll pastry. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the pastry and serve warm from the oven.

How to store leftover pigs in a blanket?

There are rarely any leftovers in my house, however you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy them as a snack the next day.

How to reheat pigs in a blanket?

To warm up leftovers, place them onto a baking sheet and back into a hot oven at 360 degrees f for 5 minutes.

What dipping sauces work with pigs in a blanket?

When it comes to dipping sauces, some ketchup or mustard are ideal.

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages

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Yield: 24

Pigs in a Blanket Cocktail Sausages Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 package of cocktail sausages – I use all beef Little Smokies
  • 1 can of crescent rolls.
  • A-1 Sauce (About 1/4 cup)
  • BBQ Sauce – I use Sweet Baby Ray’s (about 1/4 cup)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (about 1/4 cup)


Preheat oven to 350

Pour the cocktail sausages in a pie plate

Pour the liquid sauces over the top.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, and open can of crescent rolls.

Break the crescents into their pre-cut triangles.

Cut them into smaller triangles.

Wrap smokies in triangles and place on baking sheet.

Return to oven and bake about 15 minutes until roll is golden brown.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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Thursday 12th of March 2020

I make these easy sausage rolls often โ€“ they are always welcome at a picnic or party. Feel free to enhance them as you like.

Miz Helen

Saturday 16th of November 2013

Your Pigs in the Blanket look great! Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon! Miz Helen


Thursday 14th of November 2013

Dear Karen, These look so good. I used to make them all the time for the holidays, and I cannot wait to make them again this year. They're always a crowd pleaser. Blessings, Catherine

Jennie @ The diary of a real housewife

Monday 11th of November 2013

Looks so yummy!


Sunday 10th of November 2013

Nice to know the little secret about the sauce - I want to make these, and I can't wait to stand back and watch people elbow each out to get at 'em! These have made me soo hungry!

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