Bacon-wrapped pigs in a (bacon-wrapped) blanket

16 Feb

Bacon-wrapped pigs in a blanket

Anyone who knows me know that I love bacon.  Okay, love might be understating it a bit.  If I knew for certain that there were no negative implications to eating bacon (i.e. triple bypass surgery when I’m 30), I would eat bacon everyday (and would never get sick of it).  Bacon, to me, is that good.

Anyways, I’ve always been a fan of “pigs in a blanket” since growing up.  “Pigs in a blanket” consists of really two things – a hot dog rolled up in a crescent roll.  You buy a tube of pre-made crescent rolls and a pack of hot dogs, cut the hot dogs in half, and then roll the hot dogs in the crescent rolls.  Bake for 12-15 minutes and you have greatness.  Really easy, really tasty, and sometimes you find them as smaller sized hors d’œuvre.

I decided once in high school to make these pigs in a blanket, but add my favorite ingredient – bacon.  I wrapped the hot dogs in half a slice of bacon, then wrapped the crescent roll around the bacon-wrapped hot dog, and for added measure cholesterol, wrapped the other half slice of bacon around the whole thing.  Sometime in the early 2000s, the idea of a bacon-wrapped pig in a bacon-wrapped blanket was born.  I remember some of my friends being over and marveling at this creation, savoring the bacon fat infused crescent rolls, and wondering if they would live until the end of the night.

Fast forward to the summer of 2009, where I decided that before leaving Los Angeles, I would make this dish again for a BBQ.  Did the exact same thing, except precooked the bacon a bit before hand (to take out some of the fat), and also used polish kielbasa instead of a hot dog (I actually don’t really like hot dogs).  The website was popular back then, and featured a picture of this dish on November 9, 2009.  It was fun to see people commenting and reblogging this post elsewhere on the web.

Decided to bring bacon back for a dinner I was hosting this weekend.  Toned the recipe down a bit and didn’t wrap the whole thing in bacon like I used to.  Ingredients and steps are simple – feel free to wrap everything in bacon if you want to!  I promise this dish won’t kill you – everyone who has eaten this before is still alive :)

Step 1:  Cut polish kielbasa into 2 inches in length, and then cut them in half width wise.  Cut bacon slices into the same length.  Pan fry polish kielbasa on both sides for about 3 minutes each or until a bit crispy on the outside.  Pan fry bacon separately for about 2 minutes on each side (don’t cook it until it is too crispy, or else you won’t be able to wrap it).

Step 2:  Wrap a slice of bacon around the polish kielbasa.  Wrap the crescent roll around this bacon wrapped polish kielbasa.  (Optional:  wrap another slice of bacon around the entire crescent roll.)  Lay on baking sheet (parchment paper preferred, but certainly not necessary).

Step 3:  Bake for 12-15 minutes (or until golden brown) at 375F.  Enjoy!

One package of polish kielbasa (or hot dogs)
4 slices of bacon (8 if you want to wrap the whole thing in bacon)
One can or tube of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I generally use Pillsbury, but supermarket brands are OK too)
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