Friday, December 20, 2013

Italian Pigs in a Blanket

I caught this recipe on The Today Show with Giada De Laurentiis a few days ago.  It's an adult version of the hot dog in a crescent roll snack.  And what a great game day appetizer this would be!

Four ingredients, five minutes prep, less than half an hour in the oven.  What a great idea for a fun new appetizer!  Have some yellow or Dijon mustard (or, if you must, ketchup) on the side for dipping and voila!!!  Easy, fast, tasty snack!


1 sheet puff pastry from a 17.3 oz package, defrosted
1/2 pound mortadella, cut into 1/2" x 1/2"x 2 1/2" batons
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup (approximately 2 oz) grated Swiss cheese

yellow or Dijon mustard (or ketchup) for dipping, optional

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Roll the sheet of puff pastry to an 11" square.  Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 1/2" strips.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Wrap each baton of mortadella in one strip of puff pastry, overlapping the dough slightly with each wrap around and leaving the ends exposed.

Place the rolls on prepared baking sheet leaving an inch between each one.  Brush each roll with the egg and top with a good pinch of grated cheese.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.  Serve warm with dipping sauce, if desired.

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