Pigs 'n' Blankets

Pigs 'n' Blankets

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Amy Alusa


You can make these of course with frozen bread dough, Pillsbury crescent rolls or even biscuits but my family loves them THIS way instead.They are a favorite guests as well. I often make up a batch of fries and/or onion rings, some cole slaw and/or potato salad to serve with them. Don't be put off by the cook time.If you plan ahead, it doesn't take long to make up a batch of bread, set it to rise, set a timer to remind you to check it, and go on with your business. Then when it rings, only the time it takes to roll up the franks in the dough, and away you go! It really isn't hard!


★★★★★ 1 vote

25 Min
2 Hr 30 Min


  • 24
    good quality franks (if you're going to make the bread, it isn't worth the time for yucky ones)
  • ·
    doubled recipe of vienna bread:
  • 2 2/3 c
    very warm almost hot water
  • 2 pkg
    active dry yeast (1/4 oz)
  • 8 c
    all purpose flour, minus 3/4 cup set aside to use in kneading
  • ·
    powdered milk, enough to make 1 1/3 cups of milk-you only need the powder, as we included the water above.
  • 6 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    plus 2 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten
  • 6 tsp
  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter

How to Make Pigs 'n' Blankets


  1. If your franks are frozen, make sure that they are thawed. Set aside.
  2. Place warm-almost hot water in a bowl, and sprinkle the yeast evenly over the top. Set aside in a warm place, but not hot!
  3. Prepare a large bowl with vegetable spray (I use butter flavored). Set aside. Prepare a work surface to knead the bread (if you have a board, w/wo a pastry cloth, great! I don't.) I use my counter top. I wash it thoroughly first, but there is no need to sterilize it; as most germs will be killed at baking temperature anyway.
  4. Place flour, sugar, gluten and salt in a separate large bowl, and whisk until all is fairly distributed. Cut up the butter into small pieces (about 1-1/2 tbs. pieces) Wash your hands.
  5. Pour yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Begin to work with your hands until mixture is sticking together in a large ball. There will be flour everywhere and it will be sticky dough. Turn out onto the floured work surface. Include the flour left on sides and bottom of the bowl. Knead by folding the top over the bottom and turning a quarter turn and doing the same. Keep going around (infusing the dough with air)for 10 minutes (yes all 10 minutes). You may need to add a little flour as you go, that is why we set aside that small portion of the flour. If you still need more, keep it to a minimum, just to keep the bread from sticking. When finished kneading, you will have a solid, smooth elastic ball of dough. Turn it smooth side down into the prepared bowl, and turn it right side up, exposing the greased side of the dough at the top.
  6. Cover with a clean dish cloth, plastic wrap, or paper towels. Set aside to rise for 90 minutes (set a timer). When your buzzer rings, punch the dough down in the center and divide it into two pieces. Take one piece, and create a smooth, uniform sized cylinder. Cut cylinder into 12 equal portions. Shape each cylinder how ever you please circles, rectangles, triangles for crescent style, bowknots, etc.) and enclose one frank in each.
  7. Set apart on a greased baking sheet. Repeat the procedure for the other half of the dough. Cover all pigs 'n' blankets with a clean towel, plastic wrap or paper towels. Allow to rise again in a warm place free of drafts-this time for 40 minutes. The dough should about double in size again.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 25-30 minutes. Check periodically. My oven runs hot, so mine are usually done in about 20 minutes.

    When you remove them from the oven, brush each roll with a light coating of butter. Best served warm, but they re-heat very well.
  9. We've made these with honey whole wheat bread, and they were still quite good, albeit a little heavier. Condiments are good (open 'em up and add) but we prefer them without.

    Smaller versions of these using "little smokies" make excellent appetizers!

Printable Recipe Card

About Pigs 'n' Blankets

Show 7 Comments & Reviews

Recipes That Make Pasta Interesting

Recipes That Make Pasta Interesting

I make many meals at home and, like you, I’ve been making a lot more of my meals at home this year. The pantry is always stocked with boxed pasta and on those nights I don’t know what to make I grab a box. These are easy pasta recipes that are made with few ingredients. […]

12 Simple Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

12 Simple Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

A container of oatmeal always seems to be in the pantry. While it’s a hearty breakfast, oatmeal can be used for baking too! Oatmeal cookies are easy to make and very versatile based on your taste buds. They can be soft or crisp. Mix raisins, chocolate chips, or even peanut butter into the batter and […]

18 Cozy Soup Recipes

18 Cozy Soup Recipes

There’s nothing better than a big bowl of comforting soup on a cool fall day. Pair with your favorite crusty bread recipe for a delicious meal the entire family will love. Everyone will be begging for more of these homemade soup recipes!