There are some funny quirks to being a Muslim American that I can't shake no matter how hard I try. The word "pigs in a blanket" makes me think of a pork based dish, even when I know logically it's not pork based at all. But still, when I see a Football Shaped Pigs in a Blanket title for a recipe, I pause and wonder, is there pork in that dish (knowing full well that there isn't). So bear with me as I rename it just for the sake of the idiosyncrasies in my own mind. I'm calling these Pull Apart Mini HotDogs recipe instead of a Pull Apart Pigs in a Blanket Recipe. Really though, it's all one and the same.
Continuing with my series of fun game day foods, this was created with the impending Super Bowl just around the corner. And though I've seen plenty of wreath shaped or circular pull apart pigs in a blanket, I thought, why not make one football shaped for the occasion? Add a little visual interest to the table for a snack that all hands continue to reach out for to munch on. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did in my home!
Pull Apart Football Mini Hot Dogs Recipe
9 Hot Dogs
2 tubes of Pillsbury crescent rolls
Kosher salt or granulated pink sea salt to taste
Chop each hot dog into 4 equal size pieces. Continue this with all 9 hot dogs until you have 36 equal mini sized hot dogs. Set aside in a bowl.
Open your crescent roll dough and separate into individual crescent dough triangles laid out. Using a sharp knife, cut each individual triangle into 3 equal sized strips.
Use 1 strip of crescent dough to wrap around each mini hot dog. Continue this process until you have completely wrapped each mini hot dog with a 1/3 strip of crescent roll dough. (You will have a half tube of crescent rolls left over that is excess).
Begin assembling your "pigs in a blanket" (the dough wrapped hot dogs). Lay a greased piece of parchment paper on to a baking tray. Begin clustering the mini hot dogs together, ensuring that they touch one another. They don't have to be pressed closely together, as long as each mini hot dog is touching the side of another, the dough will bake large enough to create a pull apart effect.
Continue assembling your mini hot dogs until you've built a football shape.
Whisk an egg in a bowl, and using a baking brush, brush the egg wash over the top of all of the mini hot dogs, ensuring to cover each one.
Sprinkle salt to taste across the mini hot dogs.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-22 minutes, until golden brown and cooked throughout. Noshejaan!