Pigs in a blanket
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Pigs in a blanket (also pigs in blankets) is a variety of different sausage-based foods in the United Kingdom, United States, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Canada, Israel and Japan. In the United Kindom the term is commonly used for small sausages (usually chipolatas) wrapped in bacon; in the United States it typically refers to hot dogs wrapped in croissant pastry.
|Type||Sausage wrapped in bacon (UK), or pastry (US)|
|Main ingredients||Chipolata, hot dog or other sausage|
|Variations||filled with cheese, pancake wrap|
The name "pigs in blankets" in the United Kingdom is relatively recent, with the first written mention in 1957, and there were previous regional variations, including "wrapped sausages". Another regional variant is "pigs in skins", although only a few use this term (bc[clarification needed]).
The pastry versions common in the United States are only ever referred to as sausage rolls in the United Kingdom, varying in size from cocktail bites to jumbo versions that are a complete snack.
In the United States, the term "pigs in a blanket" typically refers to hot dogs in croissant dough, but may include Vienna sausages, cocktail or breakfast/link sausages baked inside biscuit dough or croissant dough. The dough is sometimes homemade, but canned dough is most common. Pancake dough is also sometimes used, although this combination is more commonly served like a corn dog and sold as a pancake on a stick. The larger variety is served as a quick and easy main course or a light meal (particularly for children) at lunch or supper while the smaller version is served as an appetizer. In Texas, they are also referred to as "kolaches", although the term usually describes a different product.
A number of countries have similar foods with similar names.
The name can also refer to Czech-American dish, klobasnek, a sausage in kolach dough..
In Russia, this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, "sausage in dough").
In Denmark, there is a dish similar to the British-style dish known as the Pølse i svøb, which means "sausage in blanket", usually sold at hot dog stands known as pølsevogn (sausage-wagons). The American-style pigs in a blanket are known as Pølsehorn, meaning "Sausage horns".
In Finland, pigs in blanket are known as nakkipiilo, which means "hidden sausage" if it is translated freely.
In Mexico, the sausage is wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried in vegetable oil. The name "salchitaco" comes from the fusion of the words salchicha (sausage) and taco (sausage taco).
In China, a Chinese sausage wrapped in pastry is called "Lap Cheong Bao" and is steamed rather than baked. In southern Canton, particularly Hong Kong, a sausage wrapped in pastry is called "Cheung Jai Bau" or "Hot Dog Bun" and is baked instead of being steamed.
In Estonia, they are referred to as "viineripirukas", which means sausage pastry.
In Serbia, the dish has a name "rol viršla", lit. (hot) dog roll. Rol viršla is a very popular type of fast food in Serbia.
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