Pigs in a Blanket

Ah, it’s been a long day, and for more than a week my daughter and I have both been sick. Now, however our colds are starting to wane. I think it’s time for some serious comfort food. Nothing is more comfortable than curling up in a nice warm blanket at the end of a long day so why not give our dinner a little of that same comfort as well? Hey even our hot dogs deserve to be comfortable. So let’s make them a blanket.

I mean sure, you could buy some random store bought rolls and yes it would work just fine, but nothing says I love you like homemade blankets. Sure they take a little more time, but they are so worth it. If you have ever been to Texas and had one of their famous Kolaches you will understand the beauty of a well-dressed pig, and these little beauties are practically wearing a ball gown.  My husband hates hot dogs and even he loved these beauties.

Okay now that I’m done fawning let’s get to cooking. For this recipe I had everything that it called for, but I thought, “Hey I’ve been sick for a while, I deserve to have something really special,” so I changed up a few ingredients from the original recipe which you can find at Mommy’s kitchen. It really is amazing, but if you want to change things up a bit, try this recipe.

Start with a warmed milk and water blend, drop in one tsp sugar and add one package of yeast.

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Now let it rest for 5 minutes, there’s no rush, relax, have a glass of wine, or maybe a sip because you only have 5 minutes. Once you’re done with your sip it’s time to add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk an egg until it’s well beaten.

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Now add the remainder of the sugar,

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the salt,

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the olive oil,

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Now pour that into your yeast milk and water then add as much flower as is needed to get the mixture to thicken and form a ball.

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Mix it well

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Now it’s time to give our hands a dough massage, or give the dough a back rub it’s up to you. You are going to want to knead it on a well-floured surface for around 8-10 min.  Or you could do what I did and flour your bowl really well and mix it there, less mess. Who doesn’t like less mess?

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Anyway, after that the original recipe tells you to grease the bowl, but since I used mine as a kneading surface I skipped this step, and just covered it and set it in the fridge for an hour.

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During this time I took out my hot dogs to let them defrost.

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1 hour has now elapsed and you can take out your dough, making sure it has doubled in size before you start working it.

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By working it I mean it’s time to taking out our aggression. Who needs a punching bag when you have doubled dough.  Go ahead and punch it. It doesn’t have to be completely flat, but you do need it to be easy to manipulate.

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Once all your aggression is all worked out.  It’s time to form the dough into 5-6 inch rounds. Now the easy way to do this is to use a rolling pin, I however don’t own a rolling pin, granted I could have used a cup or a can, but my husband took this as an opportunity to show off his pizza stretching skills.

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You want to cut a slit in the dog until it is about ¼ th inch deep.

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Spread it open and place the cheese inside.

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Now fold the ends in and roll the wrapped dog on the greased baking sheet, so that all the seams melt together. Blog food 144

Set it aside and finished with the rest. You are going to want to let the dogs sit out and rise for another 30 minutes.

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Now place them in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

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Remove from oven

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top with garlic onion and chive seasoned olive oil. This is what makes it really delicious.

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That’s it.  They are a lot of work, but so delicious.  By the way these are one of those things you can really play around with. You could substitute the hot dog for bratwurst or add jalapenos to the cheese stuffed dog.   Really the sky’s the limit.  Oh and if you serve it with a beautiful salad it makes a delicious meal.

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Now it’s time for the step by steps.  My alterations in bold.

1 – package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

1/3 – cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided

2/3 – cup warm milk (110° to 115°)

1/3 – cup warm water (110° to 115°)

1 – egg, beaten

2 – tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons shortening, melted (Or 2 tbsp + 2 tsp Olive Oil)

1 – teaspoon salt

3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

10 – hot dogs (I would recommend using jumbo dogs)

2 – slices process American cheese (or more if you’d like) (Feta and Gouda crumbles)

For the dressing

6 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

A sprinkling of chives

Add all in a small bowl and mix well. Drizzle over your pigs in a blanket for a truly amazing finish.  

 

For the original recipe go to  http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2009/06/piggies-in-blanket-some-news.html

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