Homemade Pigs In A Blanket

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Sometimes you’ve got to go back to your roots. I don’t know about y’all, but when I was growing up, I thought chocolate chip eggo waffles, waffle fries, and corn dogs were the bomb. Not all particularly classy dishes, but it’s the truth. 

As a vegetarian, I have heard that the imitation corn dogs are delicious, but have never tried them (What have I been doing with my life?!).  In an effort to avoid at least some of that additional processing that comes with pre-packaged foods, I figured I’d take a stab at making homemade pigs in a blanket instead!

Let me tell you what- that was the best idea I’ve ever had.

The dough in this recipe is incredible soft and just slightly sweet. I was so obsessed with how well the dough turned out, that I accidentally ate all the ‘test’ rolls I made in one sitting. Woops.

My only suggestion with this recipe, is that if you’re trying to prove to your new boss that you’re an adult, don’t bring homemade pigs in a blanket to your first work luncheon.

You win some, you lose some.

My other suggestion, feel free to be a kid sometimes. Life’s fun that way 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon yeast
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon oil
  • 5 cups whole wheat white flour (or half unbleached/whole wheat)
  • 10 vegetarian hot dogs

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, and honey. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, until the yeast and honey are dissolved and the top is rounded.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the salt, oil, and flour to make a soft dough. Add the yeast, water mixture, and thoroughly mix using either a beater or by kneading for a minute. If the dough is too sticky, add up to ½ cup flour as needed. The dough should be somewhat sticky, but should not stick to your fingers.
  3. Set the dough aside and allow it to rest for ten minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough has set, remove the dough to a floured surface and knead a few times.
  5. Press the dough out flat, and cut into squares or rectangles, depending on how small you cut your hot dogs. (I had 10 hot dogs and cut them each into thirds, so I cut out 30 small strips of dough).
  6. Press each piece of dough around a hot dog, with the dough just short of the hot dog length.  Pinch the ends together to seal.
  7. Arrange each hot dog on the baking sheet with the seam down.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating occasionally, until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Optional variation: add a small slice of cheese to each hot dog before wrapping it the hot dog in dough, for a delicious cheesy center.
  • This dough makes incredibly soft and delicious hamburger buns/ rolls. Roll the dough into golf-ball sized bits and bake for a delectable warm roll!
  • Source: An Oregon Cottage
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