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Secret-Ingredient Pigs in Blankets Recipe for an Elevated Twist on a Classic

So easy to prep with convenient freezer-aisle puff pastry

Pigs in a blanket are one of my favorite appetizers, and I know I’m not the only one who has a soft spot for this classic! These were a childhood staple, and they’re still a favorite at any party or get-together. From the buttery puff pastry to the easy bite-sized convenience of eating them, you can’t help but be satisfied. For our Pigs in Blankets Recipe, we not only use full-size hot dogs, but we add something a little extra to our dough.

Our secret that elevates this dish? We add pesto to the puff pastry. Now basil and hot dogs aren’t a flavor combination you’d normally think of, but it works so well! It adds just the right amount of freshness. We’re all about simplicity at First, so store-bought pesto is the best way to go. This meal is a total win, and it’s so easy to make. Pop them in the oven for 12-15 minutes and sprinkle with sesame seeds for a quick crunch. Let us know if you try these hot dogs below!

For more twists on classic appetizers, try our Caprese Skewers or our Ranch Deviled Eggs.


8 serving

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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-oz. pkg.), thawed, unfolded
  • 2 Tbs. pesto sauce
  • 8 beef hot dogs (from 15 oz. pkg.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds


• Heat oven to 350°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into 12" square; spread with pesto. Cut into 8 (11⁄2"-wide) strips. Wrap 1 pastry strip around each hot dog. Place on baking sheet. Brush with egg; sprinkle with seeds. Bake until heated through and browned, 12–15 min.


  • Calories: 306
  • Fat: 24 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 10 gram
  • Protein: 9 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 17 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 52 mg
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 576 mg
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