Pigs in a Blanket

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

For all those meat lovers out there this dish is a must!  It would be good as an appetizer, part of a breakfast, side of a dinner, lunch, or heck just about anything really!  It requires virtually no prep-time and little attention while cooking.  As long as you have some good sausage, some good bacon, and some good mustard then are set!

The only way this recipe probably would have gone a bit smoother was if I had some wooden toothpicks to hold the bacon onto the sausage.  Honestly though, I didn't have too much trouble with it falling off.  Only the one time when I had to flip them did it want to unravel a bit.

Besides the wonderful meaty juicy taste, the best part of this recipe is the down time.  I love when I can just stick something in the oven and do some cleaning up of the kitchen, rest of the house, or just have some down time for watching TV with Adam. :) Well I think this is enough rambling about this recipe so with out further ado here it is...

  • 6 Mettwurst sausages (other sausages will work as well)
  • 1 pkg Uncured Bacon
  • Mustard (I used dijon) 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take a cookie sheet and spread your sausages out equally.
  3. Open the bacon package and wrap slices of bacon around the sausages.  With these sized sausages I used 2 bacon slices per sausage.
  4. Place them in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes take out of the oven and flip them over.  Then spread mustard on the top and sides.
  6. Place back into the oven and cook for another 15-25 minutes or until bacon is well done.
  7. Enjoy!

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  1. This doesn't seem like it would be that healthy. Can you explain why it would be considered so?

  2. Well Anonymous, one could probably write a book on that question alone...Maybe the better way of answering that question is to discuss ways of making this meal less healthy. Regarding bacon, assuming it is uncured and nitrite free and the pig is fed a healthy diet free from grains and such then its macronutrient profile is somewhere around 70% Fat and 30% protein. Of that fat, 10% of it comes from Omega-6 Fat (Polyunsaturated fat, something you want to minimize in your diet) and 0% as Omega-3 Fat (also a polyunsaturated fat). This leaves the other 90% to be composed of monounsaturated and saturated fats. These are the fats that can be...strike that...SHOULD BE eaten to the greatest extent in the human diet without ill effect. The Bacon in this recipe would be considered a "B" level food on an alphabetical grading scale.

    Sausage on the other hand is a different story. Sausages can often be filled with processed meats or case in point that the original pigs in a blanket recipe referred to hot dogs. Industrially raised pork and its processing does not bode well for the healthiness of sausages and pork from these sources would easily score a "D" rating. Nevertheless, there are pork sources out there that can come from farmers that raise their pigs without feeding them excess amounts of grain or other unnatural food sources like soybeans for instance. These sources of pork would have much better macronutrient profiles. This is a dish that would be acceptable and healthy but wouldn't be a main staple of our diet. This is a dish for the rare occasion and not a daily meat choice such as beef, lamb or fish which are even more healthier sources of meat.

    Some people find it hard to believe that saturated fat could be good for you because of conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom however is not based in scientific evidence. Here is a quick link to a meta-analysis (combined results of several studies) that found no evidence of a connection between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/535.long

    It is said that current medical practice is often 10-20 years behind the best available evidence so be careful about the opinions that you take whole heartedly. It might just cost you your heart in the end. I warn you to take everything I have just said to you with a grain of salt and understand that more research needs to be done still and that the best evidence is always changing. be skeptical. The opinions or guidelines that you should fear are those that are not based in evidence.