These delicious Vegan Pigs in a Blanket are the ultimate party appetizer! They're a total crowd pleaser (that vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters will love), plus they're so quick and easy to make!
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When it comes to parties, I am all about the appetizers. I love a decadent dip and am completely tempted by any and all finger foods!
There is just something about a delicious app that's so fun to make and to eat! And these Vegan Pigs in a Blanket are one of my favorites.
You are going to LOVE these mini crescent roll wrapped veggie hot dogs! This scrumptious appetizer is a party classic that has major retro vibes, and it's a total crowd pleaser. This is one of those recipes that vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores will all love. In fact, my meat eating husband couldn't stop eating them!
Best of all, they seem kinda fancy, but they're beyond easy to make! And of course, they taste amazing, too. Especially when you pair them with a mouthwatering homemade dipping sauce.
Ready to dig in? Keep reading for all the details!
This vegan + vegetarian-friendly recipe uses minimal ingredients that you can find in most grocery stores. Here's what you'll need:
- Veggie Hot Dogs - You will need eight vegan hot dogs for this recipe. I used these Lightlife Smart Dogs, but these Field Roast Stadium Dogs would also work great! There are only six hot dogs in the Field Roast package though, so you may want to buy an extra pack if you use those.
- Crescent Rolls - Refrigerated crescent rolls give this recipe its classic flavor, and surprise: Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls (and other varieties) are actually vegan! They're made with oil instead of butter.
- Toppings - A sprinkle of Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds before baking is optional, but makes a delicious finishing touch.
- Dipping Sauce - When it comes to dipping sauce, you've got lots of tasty options! I've include recipes for two homemade dipping sauces. A maple-mustard sauce (that tastes very similar to honey mustard) made with vegan mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Plus, a yummy Old Bay flavored sauce made with vegan mayonnaise, ketchup, and Old Bay Seasoning. Feel free to make one, or both, or use a different sauce (you'll find more ideas below).
Tip: This recipe is simple to customize with different doughs, sausages, dipping sauces, and more! Check out the Variations section below for lots of ideas.
You'll Also Need
You'll need a knife to cut the hot dogs, and a knife or pizza cutter (this one is similar to mine) to cut the crescent rolls, as well as a baking sheet (these sheet pans are my fave!) to cook the hot dogs, and a small bowl to mix the dipping sauce.
How to Make Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
This tasty vegan appetizer recipe couldn't be easier to make! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Cut the hot dogs. Start by cutting each hot dogs into thirds.
- Prep the crescent rolls. Unwrap the crescent rolls, then separate the individual triangles along the perforation marks. Cut each triangle into three strips. (A pizza cutter works great for this!)
- Wrap the hot dogs. Place one hot dog piece on the wide end of a crescent roll strip, then roll it up. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Don't worry if they don't look perfect ... once they bake, the dough will puff up and hide any imperfections!
- Add the topping. Sprinkle the tops of the crescent wrapped hot dogs with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds. You could also leave some (or all) of them plain, if you prefer.
- Bake. Transfer the wrapped dogs to a baking sheet (no need to grease if it's nonstick), then bake until golden brown.
- Make the sauce. While the recipe cooks, stir together the dipping sauces.
And that's all there is to it, your delicious Vegan Pigs in a Blanket are ready to eat. This is one party snack that no one can resist, so don't be surprised if your guests request a second batch!
Air Fryer Method
This recipe can also be prepared in your air fryer if you prefer. Preheat air fryer at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, then add wrapped hot dogs in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches). Cook for five to seven minutes or until browned.
This simple recipe can be customized with just a few changes! Here are some ideas:
- Dough - Feel free to swap out the crescent rolls for another dough. Puff pastry (this vegan pastry is easy to find) would work great, just make sure to defrost it a day ahead. You could also use biscuit or pizza dough. You may need to adjust the cooking time, depending on what kind you use..
- Sausage - This recipe would be delicious made with veggie sausages, too! Try it with these Italian Garlic & Fennel or Spicy Mexican Chipotle flavored sausages, or even these Breakfast Links. Just keep in mind that you might need to pre-cook the sausages first, depending on what you choose. Also, if you're using a larger sausage, you may want to cut the crescent rolls into larger pieces, too.
- Cheesy - Give this recipe a cheesy twist, by cutting a small slit into your hot dogs, then tucking in small piece of nondairy cheese before wrapping in the crescents.
- Full Size - Turn this appetizer into a full meal by wrapping a whole hot dog in a whole crescent. This is a family favorite that no one at your table will be able to resist! The kids could even help you make them.
- Dipping Sauce - Have fun experimenting with different dipping sauces, like BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's), vegan ranch, homemade buffalo sauce or pesto mayo (use vegan mayo and skip the cheese in the pesto), even leftover cranberry sauce. Plain old ketchup and mustard (I love dijon!) are always delish, too!
This irresistible hors d'oeuvre is perfect for any get together. Simply pair it with a few other apps, like this Homemade Guacamole or this Roasted Garlic Hummus, and a refreshing drink, and you have a party!
You could also easily turn these Veggie Pigs in a Blanket into a meal by pairing them with a tasty side dish or two. Try this easy Garden Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Red Potato Salad or Sweet Potato Salad, Glazed Carrots, or these yummy Old Bay Potato Wedges.
This Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket recipe is best fresh out of the oven. If you have any leftovers though, store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator, where they'll stay fresh for about two to three days. Reheat gently in your microwave, or for best results, warm them up your oven.
Looking for more vegan appetizer and snack ideas? Try one of these recipes next:
- Homemade Hummus - try my classic recipe or one of these delicious flavors!
- Watermelon Salsa
- Pita Chips
- Sweet & Spicy Snack Mix
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Spicy Edamame
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Veggie Spring Rolls
- Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders
- Edamame Dip
Frequently Asked Questions
Pigs in a Blanket are a popular American appetizer made with crescent rolls wrapped around hot dogs. Variations of this recipe can be found around the world, from Hong Kong's cheung jai baau (腸仔包) to Germany's Würstchen im Schlafrock. There's also a very similarly named dish in the UK called Pigs in Blankets, but it's made with sausage wrapped in bacon instead of dough.
Yes, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are vegan. They're made with oil instead of butter, even the "butter flake" kind.
Yes, you can make Pigs in a Blanket ahead of time. I'd recommend prepping them the morning of (or the night before) your party, then storing them in a single layer on a baking sheet (unbaked). Cover the sheet in plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate. Then just pop them in the oven right before you want to serve them.
Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
For Pigs in a Blanket:
For Mustard Sauce:
- ⅔ cup vegan mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
Prepare Pigs in a Blanket:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut each hot dog into 3 pieces.
- Unwrap the crescent rolls, then separate the individual triangles along the perforation marks. Cut each triangle into three strips.
- Place one hot dog piece on the large end of a crescent strip. Roll up. Repeat with remaining hot dogs and crescents.
- Sprinkle the tops of the crescent wrapped hot dogs with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds, if desired (or leave plain).
- Place hot dogs on baking sheet (grease first if not nonstick), then bake until browned (about 12 to 15 minutes).
- Serve hot with dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Prepare Mustard Sauce:
- Combine mayonnaise, mustard, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Mix well.
Prepare Old Bay Sauce:
- Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and Old Bay in a small bowl. Mix well.