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April 24th is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then wrap up your pork because it's National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day!  Not the most appetizing name for a food, but we'll go with it!  Let's get right into celebrating National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Now I'm not sure why this date was chosen but the holiday even shows up in the Dates to Celebrate Agriculture calendar that was set up by The American Farm Bureau Foundation. So it must be legit, right? It's an interesting name for a quite interesting and tasty snack that many must really enjoy eating, otherwise there wouldn't be a holiday for it!  The reason they're called pigs in a blanket is because it's pig meat inside of some kind of "blanketing" that's wrapped around the meat. The meat is usually sausages or maybe some bacon but in the United States it's often hot dogs wrapped in a pastry. Personally I'd prefer the sausage!

In the United Kingdom they skip the biscuit and wrap little sausages in bacon. Double up on your pig meat! And in Israel they call it Moshe Ba'Teiva which means Moses in the ark, which is kind of odd. But it's a children's dish that is a hot dog rolled in a ketchup covered pastry that's baked.  But you can do things your own way as long as you're giving some kind of pig meat a blanket. The holiday police aren't going to bust in on you, trust me ;)!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, I'm not sure if any restaurants serve these... but I might be wrong!  So if you know of any that do then head on over and get some today.  But it's really not that hard to make these yourself if you have a little time on your hands.  Head on down to your local grocery store and pick up whatever flavor of mini sausages or hot dogs you'd like to try.  Then grab some of those ready-made crescent rolls in a tube or some bacon to wrap your "pigs" up in.  Then just spend a little time wrapping up your meat, popping it on a cookie sheet and then baking them until you think they're ready to eat.  This could either be a snack, an appetizer or for breakfast depending on how you make them.

If you use breakfast sausages then you can dip them in maple syrup while you have them for breakfast.  If you wrap hot dogs in crescent then it's a tasty little snack that most kids would enjoy.  Or, if you wrap sausages in bacon it makes for a nice little appetizer before dinner.  And remember to get creative!  Think of all the types of pig meat out there... ham, pork, bacon, sausage and so on.  And then all the different things you could wrap them in... pastry, cabbage, bacon or whatever else you can think of.  And of course you're always welcome to add in special ingredients to the inside or outside of your blanket.  Who can make the most creative pig in a blanket today?  Have a great day and keep those piggies warm!





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