As I was titling this post (super creative, huh?) I realized I have never actually had a “real” pig in a blanket. I never liked hot dogs, so I have steered clear of those babies since childhood. A few years ago, (after I discovered Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are vegan!) I came up with these Maple Sausages Crescent Rolls and they were so successful they have become a go-to item for potlucks and family gatherings. They are really simple to make and were a great addition to our thanksgiving plates this year!
Vegan “Pigs” In A Blanket
- A bit of canola oil & maple syrup for cooking
- 1 package Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage (or whatever you prefer!)
- 2 cans crescent rolls (I used the “off-brand” because I am cheap. Just don’t use whatever ones are “extra buttery” flavored, they are overwhelmingly similar to popcorn in flavor)
1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll instructions. Cut your veggie sausage into 16 pieces and start rolling. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a saucepan on medium high while you finish the last few.
2. Once the oil is hot, carefully place your “pigs” in the pan. I used to carefully turn them all with a fork to make sure they cooked perfectly on every side, but these days I just sort of vigorously shake the pan every few minutes to make sure they aren’t sticking and so they roll around to cook pretty evenly.
3. Once they are nice and brown, pour a few tablespoons of syrup on top and let them simmer until they are coated evenly. (I don’t really measure this step, I just kind of go for it!)
4. Remove cooked veggie sausages from the pan and place on unrolled crescents. Roll them up and bake according to the package. Let cool a few minutes and enjoy! These babies will be perfect for your family gatherings the next few snowy months.