Even the name of this entertaining favorite sounds unhealthy – pigs in a blanket.
As tasty as they are, these hors d'oeuvres take the already suspect hot dog and send it over a nutritional cliff by wrapping it in fatty puff pastry. Mindlessly munch just three or four of these at a party and you could swallow 300 calories and 25 grams of fat.
But with the right ingredients, it is possible to make a healthier pig in a blanket. It starts with your choice of hot dogs.
A full-fat hot dog has as much as 16 grams of fat (a third of which is saturated, the unhealthiest kind). But there are low-fat varieties with anywhere from 1 to 9 grams of fat, as well as fat-free hot dogs.
Be careful about choosing chicken or turkey hot dogs if you are trying to cut fat, because these are not always lower in fat. The only way to be sure of what you're getting is to read the nutritional label.
For the healthy blanket, fat-free, store-bought, whole-wheat pizza dough stands in for the puff pastry.
Many markets sell regular and whole-wheat pizza dough in 1-pound balls. Local pizza shops also will often sell you some. If the dough is refrigerated, let it warm to room temperature. Otherwise, it will be difficult to roll out.