Make-Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

“God not only loves the obedient – He enlightens them.” –Henry B. Eyring

Recipe and photo source: http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/2012/02/make-ahead-cheesy-pigs-in-a-blanket.html

Make-Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket
from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2012

2 1/4 cups (11 1/4 oz) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
6 hot dogs

Add 2 cups of the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse just to combine. Add the shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Dump the mixture into a large bowl and fold in the cheese until evenly distributed. Add the cream, stirring to bring the dough into a rough ball. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 8-10 times, or until smooth.

Roll the dough into a rectangle measuring about 15×10-inches (you can add a little more flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking). Brush the dough all over with the beaten egg (this helps keep the dough and hot dog together). Cut the rectangle into six 5-inch squares (cut in thirds the long way, and half on the short side). Add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour to a shallow dish. Pat the hot dogs dry with paper towels then dredge them in the flour, shaking off any excess. Working with one hot dog at a time, place it in the center of one of the squares, then roll the dough around the hot dog, pinching at the seam to close. Cut each dough-covered hot dog into 4 pieces and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with all hot dogs until you’ve used all the dough.

Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let the pigs in a blanket get firm – this will take about 30 minutes. At this point, you can either proceed to bake them (see below) or transfer them to a resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 1 month.

To bake: preheat oven to 425 F. Bake the pigs in a blanket for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and fairly firm to the touch. Let cool slightly before serving.  Makes 24 pigs in a blanket.

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