Jalapeno Pigs In A Blanket is a spicy twist on a classic appetizer.
These bite-sized treats feature a cocktail sausage wrapped in crescent dough with a layer of cream cheese and a slice of jalapeno and then baked until golden brown resulting in a deliciously spicy and savory snack with a kick!
Original Recipe: August 2020 | Update: April 2023
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE LIL SMOKIES
- Spicy kick: The jalapeno adds a delicious spiciness to the classic pigs in a blanket, giving them an extra burst of flavor.
- Creamy and savory filling: Adding cream cheese to the jalapeno pigs in a blanket adds a creamy and savory element.
- Easy to make: Jalapeno pigs in a blanket are simple and fun,, making them a great appetizer option for parties, game day gatherings, or any occasion where you want to serve a tasty snack without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
- Bite-sized convenience: The small size of pigs in a blanket makes them easy to pop in your mouth and enjoy as a convenient and handheld appetizer.
- Crowd-pleasing appeal: Jalapeno pigs in a blanket will be a hit, as they offer a winning combination of spicy, creamy, and savory flavors.
INGREDIENTS AND VARIATIONS
- Cream Cheese - The cream cheese creates a rich dimension to the little bites. A small piece of cheddar cheese could also be used.
- Lil' Smokies About 24 - You could substitute hot dogs cut to size for the cocktail wieners.
- Jalapeno Peppers - Worried about them being too spicy? Leave out the seeds which create the heat.
- Crescent Rolls - A puff pastry dough sheet or biscuits could be substituted.
- Butter - Salted or unsalted butter.
- Montreal Chicken Seasoning - Everything bagel seasoning is a great substitution.
- Bacon - Because why not! Cook a few slices of bacon and crumble. Sprinkle a bit of the crumble on each popper before rolling up the crescent dough.
HOW TO MAKE JALAPENO PIGS IN A BLANKET
Step 2: Wash and remove the seeds from the jalapeno. Then slice them into thin pieces about 1 inch long and place them in a small bowl.
Step 3: Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the dough into nine triangles. Cut each dough triangle into three equal strips.
Step 4: Begin assembling the poppers. Add about 1 tsp of cream cheese, a jalapeno pepper segment, and a little smokey to the thickest part of the dough. Roll the dough and place it on the prepared baking sheets.
Step 5: Repeat with remaining dough, cream cheese, jalapenos, and smokey.
Step 6: Brush melted butter over the tops of each popper and lightly sprinkle with Montreal chicken seasoning over each.
Step 7: Bake for 9 - 12 minutes or until the crescent dough is golden brown.
SERVE THESE LITTLE JALAPENO POPPERS AS THE MAIN EVENT
Although these cute little bites make you think of a fun appetizer, they make a great weeknight dinner. Get the kids involved. They'll have a ball helping make dinner.
If you are worried the kids won't like the jalapenos, leave them out. These are delicious, with or without jalapenos.
Biscuits or puff pastry would be good substitutions for the crescent rolls.
Carrots, celery and some ranch dressing for dipping go great with these pigs in a blanket. If serving as the main dish consider fresh green beans or a simple green salad as the side dish.
To cook jalapeno popper pigs in the air fryer, bake at 350 degrees for 5 - 8 minutes or until the are golden brown.
WANT TO THEM STORE FOR LATER? HERE'S HOW...
To store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To freeze: Place the jalapeno pigs on a baking sheet in a single layer in the freezer. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag to freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheat: For best results, reheat in the oven or air fryer.
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Jalapeno Pigs In A Blanket
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you are not using parchment paper, spray the baking sheet lightly with cooking spray.
- Wash and remove the seeds from the jalapeno. Then slice them into thin pieces about 1 inch long and place them in a small bowl.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the dough into 9 triangles. Cut each dough triangle into three equal strips.
- Begin assembling the poppers. Add about 1 tsp of cream cheese, a jalapeno pepper segment, and a little smokey on the thickest part of the dough. Roll the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets.
- Repeat with remaining dough, cream cheese, jalapenos, and smokey.
- Brush the melted butter over the tops of each and lightly sprinkle Montreal Chicken seasoning over each. Bake for 9 - 12 minutes or until the crescent dough is golden brown.
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