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Weekend Recipe Time: Boars In A Blanket

I have woefully fallen out of the habit I was actually enjoying quite a lot: Weekend Recipes!
I also have let Poetry Friday go and I am not happy about that either, but that's for another post.

So, perhaps to maybe go back to doing that, but also since I have the perfect excuse, I bring you: Boars In A Blanket! (These are bigger than mere 'pigs')

* 1-2 pkg Large Hot Dogs
(I used Oscar Mayer XXL All-Beef Hot Dogs

* 2-4 cans Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets
(You can make your own dough, or buy biscuits of your choice and roll flat, too, of course)

* Shredded Cheese of your choice
(I used a bag of Cheddar/Jack blend, already shredded)

* Can of No-Bean Chili

* Tin Foil
* Baking Sheet
* Broiling Pan/Grill (optional)
* Long Spatula or Tongs
* Small Ceramic or Glass Casserole Dish (sufficient to hold can of chili - Optional)

* Okay, what I did was broil the hot dogs first, while I was prepping the other ingredients, 'cause we like our dogs nearly blackened on the outside. This is purely optional. Most 'pigs in a blanket' recipes say to boil or steam or in some manner cook the dogs first, otherwise the time spent in the oven for the biscuit dough part isn't enough to heat them up. Your choice.

* Heat up can of chili in casserole dish (or plastic wrap over a regular bowl, whatever works for you), add cheese if you like.

* Put tin foil on your baking sheet if you use it to broil your dogs, and then you can pull it off and re-use same pan for your baking. (optional, but less clean up)

* I found that one can of the dough sheets will easily roll up 3 of these big hot dogs (They come in pkgs of 6 = hence 2 dough cans per pkg of dogs), so you can unroll the whole sheet of dough and split it into thirds or unroll as you go. Either way, on each rectangle, put down layer of shredded cheese (and anything else you're adding, for that matter) and lay dog atop it (Yes, I did this while the dogs were still hot), fold dough up and seal longitudinally as well as at the ends.

* The recipes for 'pigs in a blanket' seem to say bake for 8 - 12 mins somewhere, it varies. I set a timer for 10 mins. They were absolutely damned perfect. Ovens vary, so go with what you know of your own, I s'pose.

* I dished out some chili for each person in a teeny little dessert-type bowl and put on the plate next to the Boars in a Blanket, but you could dish up some chili right on each plate, I s'pose. (We sorta dunked our dogs in the chili for each bite, although hubby neatly cut chunks and dipped them via a fork; the rest of us are heathen visigoths or whatever)

Overall, this took astonishingly little time to make. I was so jazzed at how easy it was. Not to mention how nice it was to hear all the "OMG THESE ARE AWESOME/ YUM/ YAY/ WE'RE HAVING THIS AGAIN SOON, YEAH?" comments from the hungry horde.



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Feb. 21st, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Yummy! These look absolutely delicious. I bet I could do these for the kids with veggie dogs.
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
They were VERY yummy. Next time, I'm putting more cheese in with the dawgs, but considering it was a last-minute notion on the way home from work, these rocked. I've been asked to make them a once-a-month treat, by the guys.
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Getting compliments on the cooking is the only thing that makes me want to cook more. I'm glad you had an appreciative audience for your efforts. Now you can tackle Iron Chef!
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
*flex* RAWR! I will be Iron Chef Easy-Peasy!

Yes, it makes a BIG difference when you're shown proper appreciation for your efforts!
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
omg that sounds delicious. ilu for this, i want to learn to make better foods but a) i am completely kitchen-stupid, and recipes that i can't understand stress me out, and b) i don't even know where to start looking for something good to make, because i can't fathom what i'd like to eat most of the time.

SO THANK YOU!! this looks easy and awesome and i will certainly try it.
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
These are really, really easy. Shuffle back through all the stuff in my lj with the tag "Foodworkings" there's a number of EASY recipes. I like easy, especially when it's Yummy, too!

You're VERY welcome! Good luck & bon apetit!
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Yum! I bet I could make this without screwing it up even. XD
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)

If I can do it, you totally can. Is easy.
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Ah these look delicious! A good hot dog is a weakness of mine.
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Same here, I have to say. And these WERE very good. XD
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Those do look very yummy! Tuppy approved!
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
*giggles* YAY! Glad to know Tuppy's on-board with 'em.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
Tuppy is thinking he'd rather be eating them than that sandwich.

LOL...Jeeves is looking at Tuppy like he's crazy.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
*giggle* IKR? Heee! Jeeves does not necessarily approve of Tuppy, but that's never stopped Tuppy yet!

EDIT: spelling, heard of it, really.

Edited at 2010-02-22 04:19 pm (UTC)
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