Pigs in a Blanket with Cranberry-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Pigs in a Blanket with Cranberry-Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Recipe Rating: 3.01632
Serves 8 (makes about 28)
Rich, crispy puff pastry makes an elegant wrapper for cocktail franks, and the easy sauce of cranberry and Dijon mustard is a wonderful seasonal accompaniment.
Ingredients: 
  • 1 (14-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed but very cold
  • All-purpose flour, as needed for rolling dough
  • 1 (12-ounce) package (about 28) cocktail franks
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water
  • 3/4 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
Method: 
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unwrap puff pastry and place on a well-floured surface. Pass a rolling pin over the pastry a few times to even out any bumps and make it just slightly thinner. Using a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut into 3-inch-wide strips, then cut each strip into 1½-inch sections. You'll need 28 pieces. (You may not need all the pastry; you can refreeze what you don't use.) Wrap each cocktail frank in a strip, rolling it so just the tips of the franks stick out. Use your fingers to moisten the edge of the pastry with a little water and press gently to seal the edges. Place seam-side down on the baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes. 

Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Brush the tops of the pastry with egg white-water mixture. Bake until dough is puffed and deeply browned, about 20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce, mustard and 3 tablespoons water in a blender until very smooth. Serve the cocktail franks warm with the cranberry sauce on the side for dipping.

Note: You can make and freeze the pigs up to a month ahead if you like; leave them unbaked on the baking sheet in the freezer until completely frozen (1 to 2 hours) and then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Brush with egg wash and bake right from their frozen state.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 3 pieces, 260 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 50mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 22g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 9g protein.