National Pigs in a Blanket Day

National Pigs in a Blanket DayNational Pigs in a Blanket Day

Celebrate National Pigs in a Blanket Day on April 24th with a batch of these delightful and delicious appetizers. 

The recipe first appeared on the scene in the early 1900s, but it became a phenomenon in 1957 when Betty Crocker included pigs in a blank in a cookbook for kids. While the modern recipes come from the 20th century, the idea of putting meat inside pastries to create a handheld all-in-one meal stretches as far back as the 12th century when laborers would carry pastries and meat pies with them while they worked, many keeping them in their shirts to keep them warm with their own body heat.

One of the best things about pigs in a blanket is there are so many variations and ways to make them. Enjoying these tasty wrapped treats can be as simple as throwing some premade Pilsbury pigs in a blanket into the oven, or you can get fancy with handmade dough and fine cuts of meat. 

There are also a number of variations of the dish that appear throughout the world including Salchitacos from Mexico: sausage wrapped in tortillas and fried in oil. Another is Lap Cheong Bao from China where meat is wrapped in pastry and then steamed. Lap Cheong Bao is often wrapped with cabbage instead of dough. 

Get creative this year on April 24th for National Pigs in a Blanket day and find your favorite way to enjoy these scrumptious, self-contained snacks. Enjoy them as part of a meal, as appetizers, snacks, or even desserts. The options are endless.

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