Monday, November 29, 2010

Pesto Pups - Italian "Pigs"-in-a-blanket

You can be pretty sure it's a bad sign when there are spiders living under your apron. I don't know what got into me. I left for vacation mid-summer, and just never left that state-of-mind I suppose.

Either way, I was struck with inspiration today! I was perusing through some flicker photos and saw that Whole Foods makes these crazy, vegan pigs-in-a-b
lanket with all sorts of soy cheese and what not. I had to have one. Plus, I've been on this crazy eating bender, and the photos are all I really need to tip me over the edge.

SO, I guess all I have for you is a really easy, fun way to make some vegan PIAB (we'll say PIAB from now on). Traditionally, I think they're made with your run-of-the-mill dogs, with some sort of puff pastry or pizza dough, and maybe a slice or two of american cheese up in there. But, I'm not a HUGE fan of vegan cheese. I don't know. I'm on the fence I guess. Then from that hatred, came love. Vegan pesto love.

Pesto Pups Recipe
makes 8

Four sausages - I used Italian Field Roast
6 crescent rolls - Use any vegan brand you can find, or make them, or use puff pastry (I used Pilsbury)
Pre-made vegan pesto or this recipe
a little oil for frying
some spray oil for the pan

- Preheat your oven to 375 F. (Or follow your package instructions)
- Get your pesto prepared.
- Cut your sausages in half so you have eight tiny sausages.
- Heat a little oil in a skillet and grill the sausages until they are golden brown on the outside. Set them aside to cool.
- When cooled, cut slits down the middle. (If you're from Ohio, the slits are just like how Rad Dog cuts their dogs.)
- Fill each slit up sausage with pesto. Like a teaspoon or two.
- Spray a pan with pam or something like that.
- Take the sausages and roll them in the pastry. It doesn't have to be pretty, they just puff up anyway. Cook for about 15 minutes or per package instructions for pastry.
- You can add a little Italian seasoning on top to make them pretty, but I think that's overkill. Just garnish your plate with a little fresh parsley. And save a side of pesto for tipping. And there you have it - Pesto Pups.




omgoshimvegan said...

How fun. These look like a great treat and with pesto what a wonderful idea.

Gilding Lilies said...

Fun, cute, and yummy looking!
I just wanted to stop by and visit a fellow MoFoer. It sure has been fun. So many yummy recipes to try, I want to taste all of them. It was nice to get to know you and your blog.

MeShell said...

Yummy. Those are so cute.