Pigs in a blanket. A classic, a staple, a treat at any true tailgate. Why keep them basic, when you can make them a little "extra" just like you? This quick breakfast recipe is perfect for brunch, a back to school treat for those with munchkins or a foolproof dish to bring to any potluck.
These "pigs in a blank: breakfast edition" only require 4 ingredients: everything bagel seasoning, crescent rolls, fully cooked turkey sausage links, and sliced cheese. The grocery story I went to didn't have pre-made everything bagel seasoning, so I had to make my own (see recipe below). Trader Joe's does have everything bagel seasoning for those blondicorns looking to make this recipe just that much easier.
Not quite sure how this combination of goodness came to mind, but it surely didn't disappoint. It took all of 5 minutes to prep and 13 minutes to cook. Any breakfast that can be made in under 20 minutes is a keeper.
Using a pizza cutter to cut the crescent rolls and cheese slices into smaller pieces was also a game changer to save time. Pizza cutters... they're not just for pizza. Who knew? Cutting the crescent rolls into smaller pieces allows for a better ratio of dough to turkey link and also means you only need 1 can of crescents for one package of turkey sausage. We're all about balance here. Next step is to assemble the rolls, cheese and turkey links.
Lay out one crescent triangle, top it with a cheese slice, add the turkey link and get to rolling those piggies (rather turkeys in this case) up in the crescent blanket. This recipe is also a great one to make with little ones that have taken up an interest in cooking because it's not messy.
For the everything bagel seasoning, I found that the easiest way to get it to stick was to gently roll the constructed pigs in a blanket in the mixture. Once all of the pieces have been coated with the everything seasoning, place them on a nonstick pan and pop them into the oven for 13 minutes. **everyone's oven is different, so keep an eye on them starting around the 9 minute mark**
Insider tip: using a silicone baking mat is a game changer when it comes to baking ANYTHING! Using the mat, there's no need to use non-stick spray or aluminum foil. Everything I've ever baked using the mats has cooked evenly and slides off the mat when finished. Scooped this particular mat from my favorite place in Fort Lauderdale called Chef Jean Pierre's! You can find these mats online for $14.95. They wash easily and have sooooo many uses.
Once the crescents are golden brown, take them out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes and then go to town! Serve with eggs and avocado for some protein and healthy fats or eat them on their own. Truth be told, I ate these treats right off the tray.
Pigs-in-a-Blanket: Breakfast Edition
Makes 12 little piggies
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 9-13 minutes Total time: 14-20 minutes
1 package Jimmy Dean fully cooked turkey sausage links
1 can Pillsbury original crescent rolls
4 slices Sargento medium cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Cut each cheese slice into three separate pieces. Leave them stacked together and use a pizza cutter to save time.
Cut crescent rolls into 2 smaller triangles (again, use a pizza cutter here to save time).
Place one cut down crescent triangle down, add cheese and turkey link. Roll the turkey link, cheese and crescent roll up.
Gently roll the constructed pigs-in-a-blanket in everything seasoning.
Place seasoned pigs-in-a-blanket about 1-2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet.
Bake at 350F until rolls are golden brown, about 13 minutes.
Everything Bagel Seasoning
Makes about 3 1/2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon tricolor sesame seeds
1/2 tablespoon minced dried onion
1/2 tablespoon minced dried garlic
1 teaspoon course sea salt
Combine all ingredients. Boom. Done.