Side Dishes

What to Serve with Pigs in a Blanket: 23 Party Favorites

The party food that makes everyone feel like a kid again!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 21, 2022

If you’re struggling to figure out what to serve with pigs in a blanket, look no further! Make your next dinner party stress-free by choosing one of these delicious side dishes or dips.

what to serve with pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket are an easy-to-make treat featured at practically every holiday hors d’oeuvres table. This cute finger food is made from hot dogs or sausages wrapped in crescent dough, and then baked!

American-style pigs in a blanket are usually made with hot dogs, whereas in the United Kingdom sausages are more common.

If you’re serving pigs in a blanket for an appetizer, they’re usually paired with a dip such as spicy mustard or cheese dipping sauce. You can also serve pigs in a blanket as a kid-friendly side dish for chili or mac and cheese!

Since these tasty pastries are so popular, they always make an appearance at my dinner table on Christmas. These mini crescent rolls are the perfect alternative to dinner rolls when you want something a little fancier!

Try including one of these side dish recipes next time you’re serving pigs in a blanket!

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01. Baked Beans

A new way to enjoy franks and beans!

Something about the smoky and savoriness of hot dogs and baked beans together just works! The sweet and tangy tomato and brown sugar sauce makes the perfect dip for pigs in a blanket.

This is a great pairing for after-school snacks and kid’s lunches. It freezes well too, so make lots of these baked beans for later!

02. Barbecue Chicken

Going to a potluck? Take this barbecue chicken with you— it’s delicious hot or cold!

A spice rub made of chipotle and paprika gives this chicken its deep smoky flavor. Smother it in a sweet barbecue sauce and you have the perfect finger-licking sticky chicken!

You can adapt this recipe to use it on drumsticks, chicken breasts, or chicken wings. Just make sure you have plenty of napkins ready at the table!

03. Mac & Cheese

The only baked macaroni and cheese recipe you’ll ever need!

This recipe combines two types of cheddar to create perfect southern baked mac and cheese. It’s creamy but not gloopy, and super cheesy without being one note (thanks to the white pepper).

This mac and cheese is the perfect base for add-ins like ground beef or chopped hot dogs. Kids will love this one!

04. Buffalo Sauce Dip

The dip that goes with everything!

A little tangy and a little spicy, this dip is like a party in your mouth! And because this version is made with greek yogurt instead of mayo, it’s healthy too.

If you want more acidity and spice, try adding 1-2 tablespoons of hot sauce to this recipe. It goes great with veggie sticks, pigs in a blanket, chicken wings, and so much more!

05. Barbecue Sauce

Add a hint of sweetness to dinner!

This sauce has the perfect amount of sweetness to complement smoky meats like ribs and hot dogs. Dark brown sugar gives it that rich molasses flavor while Worcestershire sauce is the secret ingredient to add umami.

It’s so easy to make yourself, you’ll wonder why you ever bought bbq sauce! You can even bottle this one up and give it as a gift.

06. Deviled Eggs

Stuck on what to bring to a party? You can’t go wrong with this simple yet classic appetizer.

The perfect ratio of mayonnaise and mustard will give you that melt-in-your-mouth egg yolk center. Sweet pickle relish adds a pop of acidity that will set your deviled eggs apart.

Want to get really fancy? Use an open star piping tip to give your deviled eggs a unique design!

07. Scalloped Potatoes

Make Sunday dinner special with this elegant layered potato side dish.

Unlike potatoes au gratin, scalloped potatoes don’t include any cheese. Instead, the layers of potatoes are baked in a deliciously savory onion and cream sauce.

This maximizes the flavors and creates the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth casserole dish! Just make sure you cook this dish for at least an hour so the potatoes get nice and soft.

08. Hot Dogs

For even more flavor, try making your pigs in a blanket with these air fried hot dogs!

These hot dogs have all the taste of grilled hot dogs, without all the work and mess! Juicy inside and salty and crispy outside, they’re the perfect summer snack.

If you’re a cheese lover, try air frying these hot dogs with some gooey cheddar on top. Air fried onions would be a delicious addition too!

09. Potato Salad

A Southern-style side dish loaded to the brim with all the best ingredients.

Hearty chunks of potato and hard boiled egg in every bite is how I like my potato salad! There’s even chopped onion mixed into the mayonnaise dressing to give it that unique peppery taste.

Feel free to make this salad a day in advance–the flavors only get better over time.

10. Scrambled Eggs

Start your morning right with these irresistibly fluffy eggs!

Whisking your eggs will give them that light as air texture just like you get at fancy brunch restaurants. Add in a little cream cheese and every bite will be deliciously creamy and luxurious.

These scrambled eggs with pigs in a blanket is my idea of a perfect holiday brunch with the family.

11. Green Bean Fries

A healthy way to satisfy your french fry craving!

These green bean fries have all the crispy crunchiness you love in regular french fries. The seasoned bread crumbs even give them a garlicky kick that makes them a tastier alternative.

I recommend using fresh green beans for this recipe, so they stay firm and crunchy. Feel free to use an air fryer or deep fryer to cook them, or simply bake them in the oven!

12. Pasta Salad

So savory and hearty it could be the main course!

Big chunks of white cheddar and spicy pepperoni make every bite of this salad satisfying. Crunchy bell pepper adds some texture to contrast the creaminess and keeps the salad tasting fresh.

Toss with a herby Italian vinaigrette and it’s the perfect side, lunch, or light dinner.

13. Corn Salad

When it’s too hot for cream corn, try this cold version instead!

Juicy sweet corn and a creamy mayonnaise dressing create a harmonious blend of textures in this side dish. Cayenne pepper gives it just a hint of spice to remind you this is a southern recipe!

This salad is a great way to use leftover grilled or boiled corn from a barbecue.

14. Fruit Salad

This fruit salad holds up in lunch boxes without getting soggy!

Choosing the right fruit can make or break your salad. This recipe blends juicy ingredients like grapes with firmer fruits like strawberries for a perfectly balanced salad.

And the secret to this unique fruit salad? The dressing is made from peach pie filling so it’s deliciously thick, sweet, and flavorful!

15. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

A simple way to completely transform tomatoes.

These cherry tomatoes are juicy, smokey, and full of umami flavor from roasting. Just a hint of garlic transforms them from sweet to savory.

Add these roasted cherry tomatoes to your favorite pasta, pizza, or salad. This very simple recipe is also excellent on top of toasted baguette as a holiday hor d’oeuvre.

16. Chili Cheese Dip

My new favorite way to use up leftover chili!

This ultra-rich and meaty dip combines the spiciness of chili with the cheesiness of melted cheddar. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also mixed with salsa so you get that tomatoey tang as well!

Serve with tortilla chips, bread, or crackers! It’s the ultimate game night appetizer.

17. Coleslaw

This coleslaw perfectly blends those summery sweet and tangy flavors!

You can’t serve hot dogs and hamburgers without a crunchy coleslaw like this one at the table. The buttermilk dressing makes it extra tangy and gives it an authentic southern flair.

To save time, I often use a bag of pre-cut cabbage to make my coleslaw. Nobody will know the difference!!

18. Mashed Potatoes

The most decadent mashed potatoes, complete with three different kinds of cheese.

These cheesy potatoes are the perfect way to elevate an already delicious meal. Cream cheese gives the mash that melt-in-your-mouth quality, while aged cheddar and parmesan add that addictive umami flavor.

Once you try this side dish recipe, you’ll have a hard time making mashed potatoes any other way!

19. Chicken Wings

All the flavors of roast chicken in a fun finger food!

The tantalizing smell of roasted herbs and garlic will make the house smell like you spent hours basting a chicken! In reality, these sticky honey garlic wings only take 40 minutes to make!

This makes them the perfect upscale dinner party side dish to impress your friends with.

20. Mushroom Quinoa

The meatiest vegetarian side dish you’ve ever tried!

Roasted mushrooms release a rich meaty umami flavor that’s unique and so addictive! Pair these mushrooms with protein-rich quinoa and you have a hearty but healthy side or main dish.

Opt for cremini or portobello mushrooms to get more of that meaty flavor.

21. Mozzarella Sticks

This homemade recipe puts frozen mozzarella sticks to shame!

The only thing better than cheese is fried cheese, am I right?! A crispy breadcrumb coating makes these mozzarella sticks perfect for dipping in homemade marinara sauce.

If you want to change things up, try serving with a different dipping sauce like tangy ranch or spicy buffalo sauce!

22. Corn Pudding

This homey baked casserole is ideal for holiday gatherings.

All the creamy cheesiness you love about creamed corn is amplified in this rich baked pudding. Juicy whole kernel corn enveloped in a bubbling cream sauce is a match made in casserole heaven.

A crushed cracker topping gives this side dish a bit of crunch to finish it off. It’s the definition of comfort food.

23. Honey Mustard

Perhaps the most classic pairing for pigs in a blanket!

Tangy Dijon mustard and sweet honey are opposite but complementary flavors that go so well with pigs in a blanket. Some plain Greek yogurt helps make this dip creamy and takes the edge off the mustard.

Watch this dip disappear at the hor d’oeuvre table at your holiday party this year. This versatile recipe also works as a delicious salad dressing or sandwich spread!

What to Serve with Pigs in a Blanket: 23 Party Favorites

Directions


  1. Select one of these delicious recipes.

  2. Bake your pigs in a blanket!

  3. Prepare your side dishes while the pigs in a blanket cool.

  4. Feel like a kid again while you enjoy this timeless treat!

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