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Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

plate of pigs in a blanket from an air fryer

Golden Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket



Introduction

Pigs in a blanket, a beloved party classic, get a crispy, golden upgrade in the air fryer. This recipe turns simple ingredients into a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack, perfect for gatherings, game days, or a fun family meal.


The air fryer ensures each pig in a blanket is evenly cooked, with a flaky pastry outside and a juicy, savory sausage inside. Served with a side of mustard or your favorite dipping sauce, these air fryer pigs in a blanket are quick to disappear from the plate.



Ingredients List - Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough

  • 24 mini sausages or cocktail wieners

  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

  • Sesame seeds or poppy seeds (optional, for garnish)

  • Mustard or ketchup, for dipping



Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep the Dough: Unroll the crescent roll dough and cut it into strips. Wrap each strip around a mini sausage, sealing the ends to encase the sausage fully.

  2. Egg Wash: Brush the top of each wrapped sausage with the beaten egg. If desired, sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on top for added texture and flavor.

  3. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3 minutes.

  4. Cook: Arrange the pigs in a blanket in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't touch for even cooking. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 8-10 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed up.

  5. Serve: Serve the golden pigs in a blanket warm, with mustard or ketchup on the side for dipping.


pigs in a blanket sitting in an air fryer basket

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • For a fun variation, try wrapping the sausages in bacon before encasing them in the dough for an extra savory treat.

  • These pigs in a blanket can be made ahead of time and air fried just before serving to keep them warm and crispy.

  • Pair with a selection of dipping sauces, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or a creamy cheese dip, to cater to all tastes.



Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Use puff pastry instead of crescent roll dough for a flakier texture.

  • For a spicy twist, choose chorizo or andouille sausages instead of traditional cocktail wieners.

  • Add a small slice of cheese inside the dough before wrapping around the sausage for a cheesy surprise.



Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Golden Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket offer a delightful, easy-to-make appetizer that combines the convenience of air frying with the timeless appeal of this classic snack.

  • Cooking in the air fryer not only achieves a perfect golden crust but also reduces the need for added oils, making it a healthier option.

  • A serving of these pigs in a blanket, excluding dipping sauces, is approximately 200-250 calories, depending on the ingredients used.



Conclusion

The Golden Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket recipe is a testament to the versatility and convenience of air frying, allowing you to quickly prepare a beloved snack that's sure to please any crowd.


Whether you're hosting a party, enjoying a family movie night, or simply craving a comforting snack, these pigs in a blanket are a perfect choice, offering a deliciously crispy pastry outside and a savory, juicy sausage inside.

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