Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reuben Pigs in Blankets

I am excited about the Super Bowl on Sunday. Or, to be more truthful, I’m excited about the Super Bowl party I’m attending, since my team lost in an exciting game against the Seahawks.

I’m always excited about Super Bowl food, whether it’s a big bowl of chili, cookies or fun appetizers. I’ve been busy testing out Super Bowl party recipes, and I’m planning on posting them this week leading up to the big game.

First up are these Reuben Pigs in Blankets. My boys loved these. And, me? I’m a sucker for pigs in a blanket and I have warm and fuzzy feelings for Reuben sandwiches, so this combination really works for me. Reuben Pigs in Blankets are fun and tasty, and a perfect nibble for Super Bowl.

Reuben Pigs in Blankets 
Adapted from Food Network Magazine  
Printable Recipe 
½ cup sauerkraut, drained and roughly chopped
3 tablespoons pickle relish
1 8-ounce tube of crescent roll dough
2 slices Swiss cheese, each slice cut into 12 pieces
24 beef little smokies
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Thousand Island dressing for dipping

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the sauerkraut and relish in a small bowl, set aside.

Unroll the crescent dough and pinch the diagonal seams together with your fingers. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, and then slice each half crosswise into 12 strips. Place a piece of cheese on one end of strip of dough leaving a ½ inch boarder on the short end. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the sauerkraut mixture on top of the cheese. Place one little smokie on top of each strip of dough, and pinch the dough to seal.

Place pigs in a blanket seam side down on the prepared baking sheet, and brush with the beaten egg. Bake until the dough is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm with thousand island dressing.

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