Any party wouldn’t be complete without this irresistible appetizer—Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket! Get ready to have your guests begging for more. 😉 Fry it, to believe it!
What we like about the Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket Recipe by Pillsbury is its flexibility: you can use any dough you like, add in other little ingredients, and enjoy them with a variety of dipping sauces.
The best dough for this recipe, however, is crescent rolls. That’s the main reason why the brand refers to these wrapped hot dogs as Crescent Dogs. The flakiness and fluffiness of crescent rolls add an extra dimension to these filling snacks.
You can also make a miniature version of this appetizer, aptly named “Piglets in a Blanket.” I’d like to call them mini crescent dogs.
The only difference is that you need to slice your wieners in half or use smaller sausages. Plus, you also need to cut the crescent rolls into three long triangles.
Now, I’m wondering why we used Pillsbury Weiner Wraps. Such a bummer. It still tasted good though.
No matter what type of dough you choose, this recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest appetizers you can make. There’s barely any difference in the air frying time and cooking temperature.
Pillsbury Pigs in a Blanket Ingredients
Making pigs in a blanket in the air fryer only requires 2 ingredients: the pigs and the blankets!
- Pillsbury wiener wrap or crescent rolls
- Hot dogs
Optional Dipping Sauce
📣 You can find the exact measurements and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card down below.
Looking to add a little cheese to the situation? Grab some shredded cheddar and roll it into the pastry with the hot dogs in step 3!
Recipe Video: Air Fried Pigs in a Blanket
Don’t have time to read? We made this short recipe video just for you. 😉
*You can find the exact amount of ingredients and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card below.
How to Make Pigs in a Blanket in the Air Fryer?
Making pigs in a blanket is easier and faster in the air fryer! In 15 minutes or less, these dogs will be done and ready to eat!
1. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (182°C).
If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 360°F (182°C) and then let it cook for 3-4 minutes without food.
2. Unwrap and cut the Pillsbury dough.
Unwrap the package and dough and use a spoon to pop the package open. Once the package is open, unroll the dough and, using the perforations in the dough, divide the dough into sections.
3. Wrap the hot dogs with the Pillsbury dough.
Wrap each hot dog in a section of dough, so that the middle of the hot dog is covered and the ends are exposed.
4. Air fry Pigs in a Blanket for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway.
When the air fryer is preheated, add the wrapped hot dogs in a single layer and air fry until golden and crisp, about 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway.
If you’d like to make a dipping sauce, while the pigs in a blanket are cooking, simply combine the relish, ketchup, mayo and mustard in a small bowl.
I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.
5. Serve and enjoy your air fried Pigs in a Blanket.
When the pastry is puffed, golden and crisp, transfer the Pillsbury Pigs in a Blanket to a plate. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes and then serve with the dipping sauce.
While we love the homemade dipping sauce in this recipe, these pigs in a blanket are also really delicious with cheese sauce, ranch dip, honey mustard or even barbecue sauce!
🤩 For a fun and delicious take on these dogs:
When the pigs in a blanket are cooked and first removed from the air fryer, brush the pastry with melted butter and then roll the whole dog in grated parmesan cheese.
Dip in caesar dressing for the best cheesy pig in a blanket you’ve ever had!
Other Cooking Method: Baking in the Oven
In case you don’t have an air fryer at home, you can still make Pillsbury Pigs in a Blanket in a traditional oven.
First, preheat your oven to 375°F (191°C). After wrapping the hot dogs or sausages with your dough of choice, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Space them out evenly to allow for expansion. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
Freezing & Storage
Freezing: When the Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket are cooled, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat directly from frozen by preheating the air fryer to 360°F (182°C) and then air frying for 10-12 minutes.
Fridge: When the pigs in a blanket are cooled, transfer them to an airtight container or zip top bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Reheating: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (177°C) then add the hot dogs and air fry for 4-5 minutes or until heated-through and crisped.
Pigs in a Blanket Air Fryer Recipe FAQs
Can you make pigs in a blanket in the air fryer?
Yes, you can definitely make Pigs in a Blanket in the air fryer. After putting them together, it will only take 8-10 minutes to cook.
How long does it take to cook Pillsbury pigs in a blanket?
If you’re baking Pigs in a blanket it will take 12-15 minutes at 375°F, plus 10-15 minutes preheating time. In a preheated air fryer it will only take 8-10 minutes at 360°F (182°C).
Can you use Pillsbury biscuits for Pigs in a Blanket?
Yes, you can use Pillsbury biscuits to make Pigs in a Blanket. However, it requires an extra step. To wrap it around hot dogs or sausages, flatten or stretch the Pillsbury biscuit first.
How to make Pigs in a Blanket with Pillsbury Crescents?
To make Pigs in a Blanket with Pillsbury Crescents, first unroll the dough and cut it along its perforated edges. Place the hot dog or sausage on the base of the triangle and roll it up to the tip of the dough.
How to make Mini Crescent Dogs?
To make Mini Crescent Dogs, first you need bite-sized hot dogs or sausages. Then cut each crescent roll triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles. Now place the mini hot dogs or sausages at the base of the triangle and roll them up to the opposite end.
How to cook pigs in a blanket in an air fryer?
To cook pigs in a blanket in an air fryer, first preheat your small kitchen appliance to 360°F (182°C). While preheating, wrap the hot dog with your dough of choice. Next place them in the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes. Flipping halfway. Make sure they are spaced out to allow the dough to expand.
How to reheat pigs in a blanket in an air fryer?
To reheat pigs in a blanket in the air fryer, first bring the temperature to 350°F (177°C) by preheating it. Place your leftover appetizer in the air fryer and cook it for 4-5 minutes.
Can you freeze Pillsbury pigs in a blanket?
Pigs in blankets can be frozen for up to 3 months whether they are uncooked or cooked.
Easy Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket (Pillsbury)
- 2 cans Pillsbury wiener wrap or crescent rolls
- 12 hot dogs regular size
Optional Dipping Sauces
- 2 tablespoons relish
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (182°C).
- Open the Pillsbury Wiener Wrap, unroll it, and cut it along the marked lines.
- Wrap the hot dogs. First, lay the wrapper on a flat surface. Then, add the hot dog on one end then roll it toward the opposite end. Repeat until all the hot dogs have been wrapped.
- In the preheated air fryer, place the wrapped hot dogs carefully. Space them out for even cooking. Air fry Pillsbury Pigs in a Blanket for 8-10 minutes until golden brown, flipping halfway through.
- Serve and enjoy your air fryer Pigs in a Blanket!
- If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 360°F (182°C) and then let it cook without food for 3-4 minutes.
- Don’t skip flipping the hot dogs halfway through, as the dough underneath might end up uncooked.
- Hot dogs are precooked, but if you want to ensure they are fully cooked, the internal temperature should reach is 165°F (74°C).
- If you’re using crescent rolls, place one wiener on the shortest side of each triangle and roll up to the opposite point.
- You can also use Pillsbury Biscuit or Pillsbury Grands. To wrap the hot dog with them, you first need to flatten or stretch them into rectangles or shape them like the crescent rolls for better presentation.
- For a more golden finish, lightly brush them with high heat cooking oil before air frying.
- I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the air fryer pigs in a blanket recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.
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