Get Game Day Ready with Our Pigs in the Blanket Recipe

by Erik

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Like a lot of people in the US I love the Big Game. The commercials, the half time show, the food. Oh, and I believe there is a football game in there somewhere. I am also extra lucky because my birthday happens to fall right around the same time, so it gets to serve double duty as my birthday party. The benefit is that not only do I get to open presents during the game, I also get way better food. I don’t just get birthday cake; I get all the great snacks and appetizers that go with it.  But that also means I get roped into making some of those snacks and appetizers. This isn’t a problem, since I like to cook, but I don’t want to spend my whole birthday/Big Game making food.

So that means I like to keep things simple and quick. I may spend the whole game making food, but its 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there, whipping up some pizza eggrolls or cheese wontons or pigs in a blanket, not three hours buried in the kitchen. So to make sure we aren’t buried in the kitchen the whole time we do a combination of prep ahead of time, as well as planning quick and easy things to make. Some of those are prepared snacks like Tyson® Any’tizers® (find them in the frozen aisle, the food, not the movie) which have always been a crowd pleaser around our house (I love the wings, my daughter loves the popcorn chicken).

But our main focus is always around making our fun traditional snacks. The things that keep everyone coming back year after year. So our first stop is usually to Kroger to pick up all the various ingredients. They have everything I need. Well, except the one year we decided to do an Aloha themed Big Game party and we needed grass skirts. That didn’t go well. But Kroger definitely has everything else you will need to prepare.

One thing we usually need plenty of is some Wright® Brand Bacon (in the refrigerated section). I mean after all, is there a more perfect food than bacon? But we also need some Ball Park® beef hot dogs (also in the refrigerated section) to make our famous Pigs in the Blanket. Now I don’t mean “World famous.” More like “Our Family famous” (if that’s even a thing) mostly because we like to customize them for a bunch of different people and we are always finding new ways to change them up. We really like Ball Park beef hot dogs because we know they are 100% beef with no nitrates or artificial preservatives.

Probably everyone knows the basic pigs in a blanket recipe. Take some hots dogs and wrap them up in a crescent roll. Now don’t get me wrong, those are pretty darn tasty in their own right, and have gotten us through many games. But we like to mix it up. Our first basic snack hack is to slice the Ball Park hot dog down the middle (not all the way, you want a little “pocket”) and stuff some cheese in there. You can go simple (American cheese) for the kiddos or super fancy (gruyere or brie) for the adults. Do you know someone that likes things a little spicy? I mean in the kitchen. Or rather with their food. I mean do you know someone that likes their food a little spicy.

Put a few drops of hot sauce in the hot dog before you put in the cheese. Or some pieces of jalapeno between the crescent roll and the hot dog. Are you a bacon lover? I am. Try baking some Wright Brand Bacon in the oven until it is mostly cooked (you want it still flexible) then wrap it around the hot dog before you wrap it up in the crescent roll. Do you know someone that is a vegetarian? I can’t help you with them. But if you know someone that loves to watch football and they are coming over for the Big Game and they like beef, you can probably come up with a combination that they will love. That’s the great thing about Tyson foods like Ball Park hot dogs, you can do so many things that everyone is sure to find something they love. Do you have a new take on the classic Pigs in a Blanket recipe? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment or send a tweet with #fanfoodleague to let us know.

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Pink January 5, 2017 - 11:31 am
Oh man, my kids love pigs in a blanket.
Jennifer Whitbread January 13, 2017 - 4:20 am
I cooked a different variation of "Toad in the Hole" the other night by wrapping thick sausages in streaky bacon and then adding the batter. It was scrumdiddlyumptious. I called it "Giant Piggys in the Hole".
swood97 January 16, 2017 - 9:15 pm
Pigs in a blanket just like you made have been a personal favorite of mine for many years. The combination of the crescent rolls and the hot dogs is just yummy. I'll have to try them with cheese. These are an easy football party food for sure.
Cathy Mini January 18, 2017 - 5:30 pm
I absolutely loved having pigs in a blanket as a kid!! It was one of my favorite traditions--I think it's time to make your recipe and relive my childhood tradition this weekend! :D
Jeanette January 18, 2017 - 6:22 pm
Pigs in a blanket are probably my all-time favorite game day meal. They're easy to make and they taste so good.
Claudia Krusch January 18, 2017 - 8:15 pm
I need to pick up some Tyson® Any’tizers for my next get together. They look delicious and so easy to make.
Ann Bacciaglia January 18, 2017 - 8:16 pm
We are having a hockey game party here this weekend. I will have to make some pigs in a blanket for it. Tyson® Any’tizers make entertaining simple.
Jamie Yonash January 18, 2017 - 9:20 pm
We LOVE pigs in blankets at our house and they are always best with cheese inside! Sometime we go crazy and add jalapenos too! Great game day food.
reesann723 January 18, 2017 - 9:49 pm
I always forget about this appetizer staple! But, I think I am going to make them for the kids for an after school snack!
Amy Desrosiers January 18, 2017 - 9:56 pm
I know my kiddos love pigs in the blanket! They would flip for this meal!
Kathy January 18, 2017 - 10:07 pm
These look so good. I love making pigs in a blanket. My girls love them a lot. I like that you added cheese. I'll have to try these ones next time.
briannemanz January 19, 2017 - 9:45 am
These looks great! I love how you added cheese to them. What a great idea!
Kecia | Online Income Mom January 19, 2017 - 11:03 am
We love pigs in a blanket! I don't think I have ever had them with cheese though. Sounds very yummy!
Melissa January 19, 2017 - 12:39 pm
what a fun recipe! as a vegetarian I am totally going to co-opt this recipe with my veggie dogs! All the nom!
Marielle Altenor January 23, 2017 - 2:20 am
Oh They look so good with the cheese!! I love it when I got to a party and they serve pig in the blanket!
Keikilani January 24, 2017 - 2:28 pm
These look so yummy! My kids would not be able to keep their hands off of these!
Nicole Burkholder January 25, 2017 - 7:41 pm
Good old pigs in a blanket! Adding the cheese "pocket" is a great idea ;)
Linda Manns Linneman July 31, 2017 - 8:11 am
These are so good. I make these occasionally for my family. What a great meal. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless
Lauryn R June 29, 2022 - 2:53 pm
This is definitely one of my favorite things to make for my kids and myself! They are so easy and so good! We only buy the beef franks and this is my favorite brand.

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