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National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

Today we celebrate and eat pigs in a blanket. "Pigs in a blanket" can be the singular or plural name for the food, a "pig in a blanket" can be the singular name, or "pigs in blankets" can be the plural name. There are many different variations and names for the food in different parts of the world.

In the United States, pigs in a blanket consist of hot dogs or Vienna sausages that have been wrapped in biscuit dough or croissant dough and then baked. Sometimes breakfast sausages wrapped in pancakes are also called pigs in a blanket. Other names for the food are franks in a blanket, franks in blanks, and wiener winks. Although, wiener winks tend to use bread and cheese in their recipe instead of biscuit dough or croissant dough.

In the United Kingdom, pigs in a blanket most commonly refer to small sausages—often chipolata—wrapped in bacon. They are sometimes called kilted sausages and are regularly eaten as appetizers accompanying Christmas dinner. There are many other types throughout the world. In Israel, Moshe Ba'Teiva, meaning "Moses in the Ark" or "Moses in the Basket," are small hot dogs that have been rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry or phyllo dough and baked in an oven. In Mexico, salchitacos are sausages wrapped in tortillas and fried in vegetable oil.

Pigs in a blanket are a popular food with children. In fact, the first printed reference to them may have appeared in Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls, printed in 1957. They may be large or small. Those that are eaten in only a bite or two are especially popular as hors d'oeuvres at cocktail parties or as appetizers before the main course. Pigs in a blanket are commonly dipped in ketchup, mustard, or aioli.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by making and eating pigs in a blanket! You could even pick up a copy of Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls and make the first printed recipe of the food!

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