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feb 09 2010

Tonight’s dinner: Pigs In A Blanket

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I’ve just finished an article about the origin of virus for the student newspaper I write for. Explaining the different scientific  theories  in words that my «grandma can comprehend» is difficult! When I finally sent my editor the very last version of the article earlier this evening, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and had a serious hankering for a delicious dinner in the junk food category. I don’t remember how I got the idea, but Pigs In A Blanket it was. I made a pizza dough from scratch and let it rise twice, which resulted in wonderfully soft and airy «blankets».
I also made baby pigs in a blanket!
They all got nestled into their blankets with some cheese and tomato sauce.
They kind of look like babies :
..delicious babies.

The tomato sauce was just a mix of tomato purée, some dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary), dry Hellmans mustard, basil pesto and ketchup.  I think just ketchup and mustard would have been equally delicious.

Pigs-in-a-blanket recipe (metric)

Makes 24 «pigs in a blanket»

  • 11-12 dl flour
  • 1 package yeast (I used dry)
  • 1 – 2 ts salt
  • 1/2 ts sugar
  • 5 dl water, lukewarm
  • 4 tb olive oil
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • 3 tb poppy (or sesame-) seeds for garnish
  • 24 hot dogs/bratwürst
  • Extra fillings: Grated cheese, ketchup, mustard, etc.

Mix all the dry stuff, add the oil, then add water gradually until you have a flexible but firm dough. I always knead it for at least a couple of minutes. Put the mixing bowl with the dough inside a (clean) plastic bag and let it rise for an hour or until double in size. I cranked up the bathroom floor heat and placed the bowl there, with the result that the dough was more than tripled in size when I got it out of there.

Divide the dough into three pieces, roll each piece out into a large round pizza shape. Cut each circle into 8 slices  (or more). Spread the tomato sauce or ketchup on the slice, place the hot dog and the cheese at the wide end of the slice and start folding the dough around the dog like a croissant (check out the pictures, they explain it so much better than words!). Let the babies rest for another 10 minutes under a kitchen towel before you brush them with a beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Put them on a baking paper lined tray and bake for 10-15 minutes at 225 degrees Celcius. For the love of all thats good and holy; let them cool off a bit before you bite into one! Their inside is so much hotter than their outside, with molten cheese that’ll burn your tongue like lava if you try to eat them too soon. Trust me, and Mr. T’s blistered tongue, on this. But do make them! Bring them to work for lunch! Have them as an delicious little evening meal! Take them on a hike as a delicious snack around the bonfire! Give them to kids, your boyfriend and his buddies and they’ll love you forever! I think. Let’s just say that if food can buy you (platonic) love, then Pigs In A Blanket is one of those foods.

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