No pigs here folks! GROSS!! But I do fondly remember the days as a kid that I was served the traditional pigs in a blanket. Not knowing what I was eating I enjoyed dipping them into my mustard and ketchup combo. The warm bread surrounding them was always browned to perfection and was the most appealing part to me and the only way I would actually eat a hot dog. Little did I know the browning of that bread was probably caused by yellow dye #whatever. Well I have found a way to recreate that memory and taste without eating any decomposing flesh or unnatural food coloring. I can’t say the veggie dogs are the best for your health but they are 100 steps closer than the prior that is for sure.
Unlike the crescents that are vegan but are pure junk Pillsbury makes a French bread called Simply that is actually simply delicious and simple to make as well. It has much less fat than their traditional refrigerator breads and it does not have as much junk as the others. It is missing the yellow dye, high fructose corn syrup and artificial crap. It is still white flour,sugar and oils though so not something to go crazy with but a nice thing to make for such holidays as the upcoming 4th of July or any other outdoor party event.
One little tip that makes the veggie dogs soft and less chewy is to boil them in a pan of water for a couple of minutes before rolling them in the dough. I don’t mind just cooking them straight from the package but my husband prefers I boil them first. You be the judge for yourself.
Veggie Dogs in a Blanket
Makes: 8 full size
8 veggie dogs of your choice
1 package Simply French Bread by Pillsbury
Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a cookie sheet.
Open dough out on the cookie sheet and cut it into 8 even pieces. Roll each veggie dog from the very corner of the cut dough over to the other end and pinch the seam closed. You can pull the dough down a bit if you need to adjust it.
Make sure that they do not touch and bake until the tops are browned, approx 18-25 minutes (keep a good eye on them!)
Let them cool then ENJOY with some of your favorite condiments and sides! Some good side to try with them might be; Real Lemonade, Roasted Pineapple, Vegan Smores, Black Bean & Corn Salad with Lime,Pretty Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Quinoa Mandarin Salad and the list to could go on.