What are Pigs in a Blanket? A debate and two Recipes! 

pigs in the blanket recipe
pigs in the blanket recipes
My parents are both fourth generation Americans, but each year at the holidays we have a great cultural debate. Is what the Dutch side is saying is a Pig in a Blanket is right? Or the German? After over thirty years of marriage the fight over “Pigs” happens as we get ready for holiday parties with family members.
So this year, we thought we’d bring it to you! There is no right or wrong answer – it’s just for a bit of fun. So look over the recipes below, and vote for what is a Pig in a Blanket. If you have another option you call Pigs, feel free to share the recipe!

pigs in the blanket recipes

Recipe A – the Dutch side:


  • 2 packages of smokey links
  • 1 package of crescent rolls
  • (multiply that by how many you want!)


  1. Open the package of crescent roll dough, and unroll it.
  2. Cut the triangles in half.
  3. Add the sausage link and roll the crescent roll (from the wide end) around the sausage.
  4. Bake at 365 for about 10 minutes.

pigs in the blanket recipes

Recipe B – The German Side – Golumpki (actually a Polish recipe!):


  • 1 small cabbage
  • 1 lbs of ground beef thawed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup instant rice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup


  1. Peel off and discard the top 4 leafs of the cabbage and discard.
  2. Peel off several leafs to boil. Each leaf will make two rolls. Boil the cabbage to soften the leafs.* You will know when they are done when they are transparent. Drain and run cool water over them.
  3. Cut each leaf in half vertically removing the center spine (it’s too tough).
  4. In a large bowl mix together your meat, eggs, spices, Worcestershire sauce 1/2 can of soup and rice until well combined.
  5. Put a large scoop of meat into a cabbage leaf and roll it up, folding the ends under
  6. Place into a large 9″ x 13″ greased casserole dish and repeat until filled with “pigs” Pour remaining tomato soup over top.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

*To make this go quicker, and not smell up your house – cut off the crown of your cabbage and freeze over night! When it thaws it will open like a flower making it the leafs easy to remove and work with!


  1. I’m having trouble casting my through my phone. Recipe A is pigs in a blanket in my family, half Dutch half Italian 🙂 didnt actually know that these were a “Dutch” thing though. Thanks 🙂

  2. Where Im from, East Michigan, we always called the cabbage version pigs in a blanket. West Michigan which has a large dutch community, call pigs in a blanket the smoked sausage and biscuit pigs in a blanket.

    • Ironically that’s about right for our family. The Dutch side from West Michigan it’s the ones in the crescent rolls, but my Dad is from West Michigan too and it’s the cabbage rolls! 🙂


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