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Gourmet Game Day Pigs in a Blanket

Gourmet Game Day Pigs in a Blanket are a twist on the classic taking savory smoked sausage and encasing in apples, bacon, and dates then wrapping in a crescent roll dough. Served with a honey ricotta mustard!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: Party Size  

Yield: 32 pieces

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Ingredients

Pigs in a Blanket:

  • 1 cup Frigo® Low Moisture Whole Milk Mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup Frigo® Fresh Shredded Parmesan
  • ½ cup bacon, diced small and cooked until crispy
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 small sweet apple (like Honey Crisp or Gala), diced small
  • ½ cup dates, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 4 packages (4 each) all natural smoked sausages
  • 4 tubes crescent roll dough

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup honey mustard
  • ¼ cup Frigo® Whole Milk Ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together Frigo® Low Moisture Whole Milk Mozzarella, Frigo® Fresh Shredded Parmesan, cooked bacon, red bell pepper, apple, dates, and parsley. Reserve to side.

Make a lengthwise slice in the smoked sausage that cuts down half the depth of the sausage. Line up the sausages on your cutting board and stuff each with 1 tablespoon of the cheese stuffing.  Set to the side until ready to assemble.

On a clean, lightly floured surface, roll out crescent roll dough and pair up triangles to make 4 rectangles per tube, ready for assembly.  Evenly sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon of cheese filling over the rectangles and gently push filling into the dough.  Carefully roll each sausage up in the crescent roll dough, keeping the filling in the sausage.  Slice each rolled-up sausage in half with an angled cut. 

Arrange your piggies on baking sheets, one inch apart. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine honey mustard, Frigo® Whole Milk Ricotta, and apple cider vinegar.  Serve alongside Gourmet Game Day Pigs in a Blanket and enjoy!

Rad Tip:  Make edible footballs!  Cut two oval shapes with a cookie cutter, brush edges with egg wash and fill with a half-teaspoon of filling and a cocktail wiener.  Pinch edges together and slice three vents in top to resemble laces.

Fresh Tip:  For a vegetarian option, substitute chopped walnuts for bacon and full-sized dates for smoked sausages.

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