Your March Madness party guests may not be rooting for the same NCAA teams during this year’s Sweet 16, but odds are they will all agree on at least one thing: An amazing spread is a must-have. One simple yet scrumptious addition to your menu? Pigs in a blanket. Wondering how these puff pastry-wrapped palate-pleasers got their start? Read on for everything you’ve always wanted to know about pigs in a blanket, including one company taking this treat to all-new artisanal levels of deliciousness.
The History of Pigs in a Blanket
According to the food blog Foodimentary, pigs in a blanket may date all the way back to the 1600s: “Despite rumors that it is an invention as modern as 1957, field laborers in the England of the 1600’s had what was essentially the same dish. Putting meat inside of dough was an obvious solution for a quick and nourishing meal on the go.”
The rumors do, however, have some ground: It wasn’t until 1957 that the pigs in a blanket concept first made its way into print when a recipe was included in a Betty Crocker “Cooking for Kids.”
According to Foodimentary, meanwhile, pigs in a blanket are even part of trucker lore: hungry, road-weary diners along Oklahoma’s famed Route 66 may have noshed on pigs in a blanket for sustenance along their way.
“Whatever its origin,” concludes the website, “This little delight has become a national favorite.”
Get to Know Brooklyn Piggies
Sure, there are the pigs in a blanket you enjoyed as a kid. And then there’s Brooklyn Piggies. Founder Missy Koo fondly remembers her childhood days during the mid-1970s when her mother would serve up plate after plate of pigs in a blanket to throngs of family and friends during gatherings. (The word “mayhem” may have been used to describe the fuss.)
Years later, people were still clamoring for them — which gave Missy a brilliant idea. What not take America’s favorite hot dog-based hors d’oeuvre and make it even better? So she enlisted the partnership of Stacy Cole, and that’s exactly what they set out to do with Brooklyn Piggies.
Brooklyn Piggies are your mother’s pigs in a blanket. But they’re also much much more than that. Not only did Missy and Stacy collaborate with a top-tier sausage purveyor to perfect the consummate cocktail frank, but they also developed not one, not two, not three, but four different varieties, along with a line of complimentary condiments aimed at showcasing each phenomenal flavor.
Environmentally friendly folks, meanwhile, will love Brooklyn Piggies for their use of recycled unbleached paper and plant-based dip containers designed to minimize the company’s eco-footprint.
Just how amazing are Brooklyn Piggies? Not only were they declared among “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in O Magazine in both 2012 and 2015, but they were also declared, “The World’s Best Pigs-in-a-Blanket” by the Today Show.
Meanwhile, UrbanDaddy has enthused, “This woman, Missy Koo – she just loves pigs in a blanket. And let’s face it: so do you. Which is great, because she makes a mean one. Actually, three mean ones – original, spicy and chicken.” (Again four — Brooklyn Piggies has since added a veggie piggy to its lineup — but more on that later.)
In exploring the tastiest street eats in Brooklyn, GQ writer Alan Richman added his kudos to the Brooklyn Piggies acclaim. “I decided to give Brooklyn Piggies a chance, knowing their pigs-in-a-blanket couldn’t surpass my own, but they did. Better puff pastry and a better casing on a much plumper pork-and-beef dog. I bought an order of three, intending to eat one, but I couldn’t stop.”
Plump Up Your Party
The best part? You don’t have to travel to Brooklyn to get your hands on some Brooklyn Piggies of your own. Thanks to FoodyDirect, masters of all things online food gifts, you can have these juicy, mouthwatering snacks delivered directly to your door — with free shipping, to boot!
Consider the Pigs in a Blanket Party Pack, which lets you choose to make your very own perfect pigs in a blanket smorgasbord.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Original Piggies, featuring lightly smoked and mildly seasoned beef and pork franks wrapped in flaky, buttery, puff pastry.
Heat lovers, meanwhile, will get a kick out of the Spicy Piggies, which amp up the flavor thanks to garlic, paprika, and pepper seasoning.
Trying to satisfy all of your favorite foodies? Chicken Piggies’ innovative recipe features the innovative flavors of oregano, basil, fennel seeds, and Parmesan.
Even vegetarians can get in on the Brooklyn Piggies action thanks to the latest addition to their offerings: Veggie Piggies made with Yukon gold potatoes, apple, and sage with just a hint of hickory. In other words, none of your guests need to go without!
When it comes to serving up a mega-menu for hungry party-goers this March Madness season, there’s only one way you can go wrong: Not ordering enough. Stock up now at FoodyDirect. And while you’re there be sure to shop its extensive inventory of extraordinary food for your next event.