These PEPPER JACK CHEESE CRESCENT PIGS IN A BLANKET are a tasty new twist on a classic recipe. Each bite is filled with sharp Pepper Jack cheese and a buttery crescent roll with a hot dog. With only 3 ingredients, this recipe is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or a game-day appetizer.
Pigs in a Blanket are a classic quick and easy lunch recipe that everyone seems to enjoy. But everything is always better with cheese so naturally, this needed something new. Pepper Jack cheese is the perfect addition for a spicy, savory flavor in every bite. Just a little something extra without all the extra work.
HOW TO MAKE IT
It’s so simple, all you have to do is:
UNROLL– and separate each crescent roll onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
ADD– half a slice of Pepper Jack cheese at the large end of each crescent roll. The cheese will hang over the edge a little and that’s ok.
TOP– with a hot dog.
ROLL– it up nice and tight.
BAKE– seam side down onto the baking sheet for 10-12 minutes until it’s nice and golden brown.
STORE– in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat for best results in the oven at 375 for 5-8 minutes or until cheese melts.
*See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for detailed instructions.
DO I HAVE TO USE PEPPER JACK CHEESE?
No, you can use any cheese you prefer. Cheddar is a traditional cheese that pairs nicely with hot dogs. I also like Monterey Jack cheese as well because it still gives it a nice zip without being too spicy. This recipe is so versatile that it works well with almost any type of cheese.
COULD SAUSAGE BE USED INSTEAD OF HOT DOGS?
I think sausage or bratwurst would be an excellent substitution in place of the hot dogs. They would add a little extra heat so it’s something to keep in mind. They also would be a little bulkier and more filling so a little would go a long way. And if you don’t like red meat, try turkey dogs. They taste the same but with white meat.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PIGS IN A BLANKET?
The best part about Pigs in a Blanket is that they a perfect quick and easy lunch or a new variation of an appetizer for game-days or celebrations. A few ideas are below but they pair well with most other foods so it’s easy to eat with your favorite foods.
AS A MEAL:
- veggies and dip
- fruit or Slow Cooker Applesauce
- pretzels and cheese
- chips and salsa
AS AN APPETIZER:
A FEW TIPS:
For an easier clean-up, bake them on parchment paper. The cheese tends to slightly ooze when baking and parchment paper makes clean up a sinch.
Don’t under-cook them. Be sure they have nice golden top so that the crescent roll is cooked on the inside.
Try a variety of cheeses if you want a different flavor. You can even use shredded cheese in place of the slices. Just be sure to roll tightly so that all the cheese doesn’t escape when baking.
PEPPER JACK CHEESE CRESCENT PIGS IN A BLANKET
- 8 oz crescent rolls
- 4 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
- 8 hot dogs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Unroll and seperate crescent rolls. Place half a slice of pepper jack cheese at the large end of each roll. Top with a hot dog. Tightly roll each one and place seam side down 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops have become golden brown and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!
- Pepper Jack cheese could be replaced with a variety of cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, or Monterey Jack.
- Be sure to cook until golden brown to ensure the crescent rolls are baked through.