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How to cook pigs in blankets

What are pigs in blankets?

Succulent sausages wrapped in rashers of crisp bacon, pigs in blankets are an essential seasonal staple at the Christmas dinner table. A delight for carnivores up and down the country, this moreish combination can also be experienced all year round.

Pair with a free-range cockerel roasted until crisp and tinged gold, bread sauce, redcurrant jelly, and proper gravy for a delight during and beyond the festive period.

Pigs in blankets cooking time

Cooking times will vary depending on how crisp you like your bacon. Ideally, the bacon should have a satisfying crunch and a gnarly golden-brown colour at the edges, and this will take around 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven.

If you are limited on oven space (as is often the case at Christmas), you can pan-fry your pigs in blankets on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes. This is our preferred method, not just from a convenience perspective, but because the resulting sausage retains more moisture while the bacon achieves a similarly crisp result.

Best way to cook pigs in blankets

  1. Remove your pigs in blankets from the packaging, and pat dry any moisture.
  2. Preheat oven to 200ºC/Fan 180ºC/Gas 6.
  3. Place on a non-stick baking tray.
  4. Put them on the top shelf of your oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Don’t be shy of leaving them a little longer in the oven if necessary — crispier bacon works much better with the sausage meat.

Top tips

  • Try a last-minute splash of maple syrup to glaze.

Recipe for pigs in blankets

This heart-warming pigs in blankets casserole is comfort food at its finest and a fantastic way to use up leftover vegetables.