For the best tasting pigs in blankets make your own and buy the best chipolata sausages and bacon you can, it makes all the difference!
If truth be told, roast turkey is a little dull and while it may be the centrepiece of the Christmas dinner it is all the trimmings that really make the meal special.
So our Christmas dinner just would not be the same without a pile of pigs in blankets alongside the roast turkey. Indeed it seems to me that it is almost everyone's favourite part of the meal.
What is it about these little beauties – No matter how many I make I have never made too much! In fact, I am sure if I forgot the turkey one year no one would mind so long as there were plenty of them to go around.
Now, I know you can now buy packs ready made and it will save you a time in preparation. But if you buy really good sausages and bacon and make your own, the difference will be something everyone will notice, and it won't even break the bank.
Of course, given how popular these are you don't have to limit serving them just at Christmas. Serve pigs in blankets with your roast chicken all year round and you will be everyone's best friend.
What is a pig in blanket?
Now if you are from another part of the world other than the UK you might be surprised to find that pigs in blankets are small sausages wrapped in bacon. I can’t remember when pigs in bacon became a widespread term here, but it seems to be relatively recent, and first used in the 1950's
Although always part of Christmas dinner, in our household I don't remember them being called anything other than sausage and bacon on sticks. Sometimes we had them with the bacon wrapped around the sausages and on other occasions the bacon was rolled separately and skewered onto a cocktail stick next to the sausage.
More Christmas Dinner Recipes Made Easy
Pigs in Blankets
- 8 Pork chipolatas
- 8 rashers streaky bacon
- Preheat the oven to 200℃ (180℃ fan)/400°F/gas mark 6.
- Divide each chipolata into two by pinching and twisting in the middle, then snipping with scissors.
- Stretch each rasher of bacon with the back of a dinner knife, then cut into two.
- Wrap the bacon tightly around each of the sausages and place on a small baking tray.
- Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown and the bacon is crisp.