Fancy Pigs In A Blanket


3 tablespoons butter
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 package thawed, but still cold, frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
1 package cocktail wieners, or regular hot dogs sliced in half vertically, sliced again in
Fancy mustard for dipping


Pre-heat oven to 375°
In a skillet, melt butter and saute onions until a translucent golden color. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Once cool enough to handle, chop into small pieces
In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Working quickly, one sheet at a time, unroll puff pastry. Cut into triangles, 2” wide at the base, 3” high at the point. Place 1 tsp of onion mixture at the base of the triangle. Place hot dog on top of onions. Roll from the base up to the triangle, sealing at the top with a little egg wash
Line up on the baking sheet and repeat with second sheet of puff pastry.
Place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden and puffy. Transfer to a platter and serve with your hot mustard. *Note: You can prepare the pigs in a blanket up to this point and refrigerate until ready to cook.


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more Academy Award celebrations! The Oscar’s are seriously my very favorite television program of the entire year. I can only imagine one event that might possibly rival this experience and that would be watching my Cubbies play in the World Series (a girl can dream). What I love about the Academy Awards is the fantasy of it all, the old fashioned Hollywood glamour. I can’t wait for the red carpet interviews with gorgeous starlets in beautiful gowns, fabulous jewelry, fancy up-do’s and the handsome and dashing leading men (such as my favorite; the charming, fast talking, Ryan Reynolds!).

Mine is a movie loving family. In fact, my parents were so taken with Vanessa Redgrave in Camelot, that I was named for her. My Nick is actually named for Nick Charles, the lead character in the 1934 classic; The Thin Man (based on a Dashiell Hammett novel). My earliest Oscar recollections are of my beloved Johnny Carson hosting, but I’ve absolutely adored Billy Crystal and Hugh Jackman too. I can’t wait to see how Anne Hathaway and James Franco fair hosting this year, the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

This weekend, we enjoyed a pre-Oscars feast! Tasty appetizers paired with a little something sparkly……..
• Chopped BLT Salad Spears
• Pigs in a Blanket
• Shrimp and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
• Hot Crab Dip and Crackers
• Chicken Chili Wontons

To get the party started I draped my Dining Room table with a red satin topper trimmed with red marabou feathers, a nod to the glamour of the 1940’s. Red roses, mirrored candlesticks with damask patterned pillar candles and a mirrored tray, displaying crystal champagne flutes and a zebra ice bucket, set the tone for our elegant soiree. Adding a bit of whimsy were bouquets of licorice, glass bowls of popcorn and rhinestone studded tea-light candles.


8.0 servings


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:44pm


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