Pigs in Blankets or Mini Hotdog Rolls

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My kids often look at me like of lost my mind. When they asked what I was cooking and I told them “Pigs in blankets,” they looked like they thought I’d finally flipped. For a moment I even wondered if I had the correct name for these mini hotdog rolls.

Lunchbox Mini Hotdogs

Lunchbox Mini Hotdogs

Lunchbox Mini Hotdogs in Thermomix

Pigs In Blankets or Mini Hot dogs

Julie Carlyle
This is a great lunchbox idea for kids and is made even quicker if you're using a Thermomix to make the dough.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian
Servings 20 rolls
Calories 138 kcal


  • 7 gm yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 220 ml warm water
  • 20 gm oil
  • 450 gm bakers flour
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 20 small frankfurts


  • Place the water, yeast and sugar in TM bowl. Combine 30 sec/Speed 3
  • Add the flour, salt, oil and apple cider vinegar to the TM. Knead 2 min.
  • Allow the bread to proof in the TM bowl for 30 minutes or until it's risen to twice the size.
  • Line a roasting tray with baking paper.
  • Remove the dough from the TM and roll out to 1 cm thickness on an oiled bench.
  • cut ten strips of dough along the longest width. Cut each strip in half to shorten them.
  • Wrap one strip around each frankfurt and place them on the baking tray.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius.
  • Cover the pigs in blankets with a clean tea towel and place in a warm spot to proof for an hour. The dough will rise and become light and puffy.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.


Add tomato sauce just before serving.


Serving: 1RollCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gIron: 0.9mg
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After a quick google search, I found that “frankies’ in pastry or dough is also known as “pigs in blankets”. So it seems I had the recipe name correct, however, this term seems to be lost on the younger generation. Although the kids found the name weird they absolutely loved the hotdogs.

Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in Blankets

These little piggies were a lunchbox idea that came to me as I pondered the last week of school lunch selection in my empty fridge. There was literally nothing in the fridge and we had no bread left.

Thermomix Mini Hotdogs

Thermomix Mini Hotdogs

Anais loves to help me make dough in the Thermomix, so I enlisted her help. She made the dough without any help from me. After the dough had proofed we rolled it out to 1 cm thickness and cut long strips. Each strip was then cut in half to shorten them. It was an easy task to wrap a strip of dough around the “little boys” and place them on a baking tray to proof. cut and we let it proof

Lunchbox Mini Hotdogs in Thermomix

Lunchbox Mini Hotdogs in Thermomix

Anais was super happy with her cooking success and both kids were pleased to have a more exciting lunchbox the following day. Do you find it difficult coming up with interesting things to pack in the kids’ school lunch boxes? I’m always looking for quick, tasty recipes.

Take a look at some of these ideas to help make your “back to school” tasty.

These sushi pockets are filled with rice and whatever filling your child enjoys.

An oldie but a goodie is this Zucchini Slice. I could make this every week and I wouldn’t get one complaint from the husband or children!

So, I’m wondering, would you call these mini hot dogs or “Pigs in Blankets?”

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9 thoughts on “Pigs in Blankets or Mini Hotdog Rolls”

  1. Rebecca says:

    5 stars
    I dint like using frankfurters for my kids so I replaced with a organic beef chipolata
    Still yummy

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      That would be delicious and so much healthier 🙂 Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  2. Luci's Morsels says:

    5 stars
    What a fun and quick meal! The calorie count is low enough on these that this wouldn’t totally wreck a low calorie meal plan. Yes! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    1. Julie says:

      I agree Luci, They’re also surprisingly filling too 🙂

  3. Fiona Saluk says:

    5 stars
    Love that your daughter likes getting involved with the Thermomix! Hilarious that the younger generation hasn’t heart of pigs in a blanket. I guess it is kind of a strange name when you think about it from a literal perspective as kids often do. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kristina @ Love & Zest says:

    Ha, the term “pigs in the blanket” is a well known term where I’m from. Not sure I’ve heard them called frankies! I love hearing differences between countries!

    1. Julie says:

      Hehe, we always call them Frankie’s ????

  5. Silvia @ Garden in the Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    Terrific recipe idea, I know my kids would love this. They always bring a turkey sandwich to school, so I bet they will be so surprise (and glad!) that I made these.

  6. Brandi Crawford says:

    5 stars
    All of these recipes are so cute! You have some great tips for lunch box ideas.

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