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