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Puffy Pigs

One appetizer favorite of our holiday gatherings is Puffy Pigs (a.k.a. Little Pigs in Puffy Blankets).These go quickly, so you may want to double this recipe! What I love about this recipe is these can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to use as needed. They are easy to pop in the oven when unexpected company arrives or when the kids need a quick snack. Have them help you make them and perhaps they will appreciate your efforts more. One rule that usually applies here is that if you don’t help to make it, you don’t get to eat it! That’s one way to help them acquire kitchen skills.

When using Puff Pastry Sheets, it comes in a pack of 2.  On a floured surface, unfold one. Cut vertically on each fold, giving you 3 sections, using a pastry cutter or a pizza cutter. Then, slice horizontally into 1 inch sections. This should give you 27- 3″ x 1″ pieces of puff pastry per sheet,  to wrap these baby pigs.

I spread a layer of Dijon mustard over the pastry.

Now, let’s roll up those piggies !

Place them on parchment paper, sealed side down. Score 2- 3 times on the top. Brush tops with the egg wash. Since these were prepared ahead of time for our holiday party, They were placed in the freezer on the tray. Once frozen, they can be placed in a freezer Ziploc bag until they are ready to bake!

 


Puffy Pigs

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This is a favorite at large gatherings. I t can be prepped ahead of time and frozen until ready to use.
Ingredients
  • 1-14 oz. pkg. Hillshire Farms Lit'l Smokies (about 40) or larger pkg. if you need to make a large quantity
  • 1- 17.3 oz. pkg. Puff Pastry Sheets (2-15' x10")- enough for 54 piggies
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. water
Instructions
  1. Place one sheet of thawed Puff Pastry onto a floured surface.
  2. Cut vertically into thirds, using the folds as your guide. This will give you 3-3" wide sections.
  3. Cut across horizontally at 1" intervals.
  4. Spread Dijon mustard over the center of each strip of dough.
  5. Roll a little "piggy" in it's blanket.
  6. Once your finished, place them on parchment paper. Score them 2-3 times and brush with egg wash.
  7. These can be baked or frozen to use at a later date.
  8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden in color.

 


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