Happy Fall, and hello to cozy weekends spent with friends! Whether you’re gathered to watch football or simply enjoying each other’s company, one thing is for sure – great food is a must.
We all love those classic “pigs in a blanket,” those little cocktail hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. But how about a delightful twist to this old-time favorite? Instead of hot dogs, we’re going for chicken sausages!
Not only is this a healthier choice, but it also brings a burst of flavors and spice levels to your appetizer spread.
Chicken sausages come in a variety of flavors, making them a versatile choice for all taste preferences. Let’s call them “Chickies in a Blanket,” an elevated, adult version of the classic Pigs in a Blanket.
Choosing Your Sausages
For this recipe, I used Gilberts Bourbon Apple and Farmhouse Cheddar sausages.
However, there’s a world of options out there. Gilberts also offers flavors like Caprese and Aloha, which are both delicious in this recipe.
Another brand, Aidells, offers an equally tasty selection.
The bottom line: you can’t go wrong with your choice of flavor or brand.
Wrapping It Up
The “blanket” in this recipe is simply Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.
I opted for the Crescent Dough Sheets variety, which is a large crescent roll sheet you can cut to wrap around each sausage.
If you can’t find these sheets, regular crescent rolls work just fine. Roll them out and press the seams together to create your own large sheet, enough to cover six sausages.
Once your sausages are snugly wrapped in their crescent blankets, pop them into the oven at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes or until they turn a beautiful golden brown.
While they’re baking, let’s whip up a couple of delicious dipping sauces.
Spicy Ketchup Dip
The first dipping sauce is a zesty ketchup blend. In a small bowl, combine about 1/4 cup of ketchup with a heaping tablespoon of yellow mustard.
Give it a good squeeze of Sriracha for an extra kick. You’ve just elevated your ketchup game, and it pairs perfectly with most sausage flavors.
Homemade Honey Mustard
Another fantastic choice is a homemade honey mustard sauce.
You can find pre-made honey mustard in the condiment aisle of your grocery store, or you can easily create your own, just like I did.
Combine Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Guldens Spicy Mustard, Yellow Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, a touch of garlic powder, paprika, and a twist of ground pepper.
This sauce is a wonderful complement to sausages with apple or pineapple flavors.
Presentation and Enjoyment
As your Chickies in a Blanket emerge from the oven, it’s time to slice them into bite-sized pieces.
Keep some skewers or toothpicks nearby so your friends can serve themselves.
I recommend labeling the different sausages so people can choose their favorites. Remember, the more variety, the merrier!
Fall is a fantastic time for cozy sweaters, comfy socks, and, of course, delicious “football” food.
These little “Chickies in a Blanket” will become your new go-to appetizer when friends drop by.
So, roll some up this weekend, and let the flavors of fall fill your home with warmth and joy!
Chickies in a Blanket
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 36-40 Toothpicks or small skewers
- 2 10 oz Chicken Sausages Gilberts or Aidells
- 1 8 oz Tube Crescent Dough Sheet or Crescent Rolls
Ketchup Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Ketchup
- 1 TB Yellow Mustard
- 2 Tsp Sriracha
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Mayo
- 1 TB Dijon or Spicy Mustard
- 1 TB Yellow Mustard
- 2 TB Honey
- 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/8 Tsp Paprika
- 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
- Unroll the sheet of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Dough Sheet
- Place sausage on edge and roll over the sausage then cut dough to cover the sausage lengthwise
- Repeat with all sausages – there is usually 4 sausages per pack so you will have 2 sausages left over if you use two packs of sausages.
- Bake 375 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown
- Remove from oven and cut into approximately 6 bite size pieces per sausage
- Transfer to serving dish and label with small card the type of sausage you are serving
Ketchup Dipping Sauce
- Mix Ketchup, Mustard and Sriracha in a small serving Bowl
Honey Mustard Sauce
- Mix mayonnaise, mustards, honey, vinegar and spices in a bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl.