Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

April 24: Pigs in a Blanket Day

I think just about everyone loves pigs in a blanket. But what are they? In the U.S. you can find:

  • American appetizer pigs in a blanket

    pigs in a blanket, the appetizer (cocktail sausages wrapped in crescent rolls),
  • pigs in a blanket, the meal (full hot dog wrapped in large crescent roll, cheese and ketchup optional),
  • pigs in a blanket, breakfast edition (sausage links wrapped in pancakes and drizzled in syrup).

Elsewhere, you can find even more versions:

American pigs in a blanket for breakfast

  • The British celebrate Christmas with small sausages wrapped in bacon, also called “kilted sausages.”
  • Germans eat “sausage in a dressing grown,” or sausages rolled in puff pastry.
  • Jewish children often enjoy a sausage wrapped in phyllo dough with ketchup (no cheese, please!) called Moses-in-the-basket or Moses-in-the-ark, where the sausage is baby Moses and the pastry is the basket/boat he was placed in at the Nile.

Time to pick a style to celebrate with tonight. If you had a party, you could get everyone to bring a different version! (If you do, let me know if it was enjoyable or if everything was just too similar and you got sick of it.)

In honor of Moses-in-the-baskets:

“Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”


Exodus 2:1-3