It started as a joke

and I turned it into reality. Isn’t this how a lot of great ideas come about? Last week I brought into work my trio of homemade croissants. The joke started because of a super-delicious flaky cheese croissant. KM, who always has wonderful ideas, asked me –as he munched on a super-delicious flaky cheese croissant–if I had ever had pigs in a blanket made with hot dogs and Pilsbury Crescent Rolls. Of course I had, as a kid growing up. It was a quick and easy dinner for working and busy parents.

AG jumped in and said wouldn’t it be a hoot to make pigs in a blanket with homemade croissants? I laughed and said, yeah right I would never make croissants just to wrap around a hot dog. I don’t even eat hot dogs, not even veggie ones.

Well, as it turns out, this past weekend I made Morning Buns {these are very delicious and I’ll post these sometime in the future}. These are super-charged cinnamon rolls made with croissant dough. The thing about the recipe I made was that it only uses 1/2 a recipe of croissant dough. So I had a 1/2 a recipe of croissant dough sitting in my refrigerator. My choices were (1) make more morning buns or (2) make croissants. And then I remembered our joke from last week and thought why the heck not?

I ran to Trader Joes and bought Smart Dogs (veggie protein links). I rolled out the dough and cut it. I added some grated swiss cheese and the veggie dogs. I rolled them up and let them rise. I added a bit more cheese to the top and stuck them in the oven.

OMG. These were so good. They were so good, that KM who was out sick came into work when he heard about them. He really was sick and rolled out of bed and looking very pale ate the last one. He then went back home to get better. These are definitely not your mother’s pigs in a blanket.

homemade pigs in a blanket


Roll out and cut croissant dough per instructions. Add a tablespoon of cheese to each triangle. Add the hot dog half. Proof as directed. Prior to baking, sprinkle more cheese on top.