Pigs in a Bathrobe
Cheesy dough. Meaty sausages. Say no more.
WHAT YOU NEED
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of almond flour
3 tablespoons of salted butter
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
4 Sausages of your liking (I used Premio German Style)
HOW TO DO IT
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
If you are using uncooked sausages like I am here, make sure you first fully cook them by frying in a skillet over medium/medium-low heat. You don’t want the outside burned and the inside raw. For these, it took about 15 minutes or so, but adjust to whatever sausages you are using.
Add the mozzarella and butter into a large microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until it’s fully melted.
To the melted butter/cheese, add the egg, spices, baking powder, and almond flour. Stir it together and knead with your hand until a cohesive dough forms. This is extremely easy and very quick.
Divide the dough into 4 and wrap it around each of the cooked sausages – I chose to wrap it completely and only leave a little bit of the sausage sticking out, but you can wrap it however you want!
Place on a baking sheet (I used a silpat but it’s greasy enough that you don’t need to oil the baking pan) and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Estimating the exact baking time is always tricky, so just keep an eye on it!
This recipe is my big boy version of the popular appetizer, Pigs in a blanket. From the sea of recipes that exist on the internet, the vast majority of them uses Crescent roll dough as the blanket. This makes sense when made for a big party – no one wants to fuss around making a dough from scratch. Well, this is my take on this classic: it’s more of a dinner than an appetizer because we are using the sausages whole instead of cutting them up into mini ones or using mini hot dogs from the beginning. The Czech name is Pigs in a Bathrobe which is the reason for the name of this one. Czech people like to coat apples in a sweet batter and deep fry it and also call that Pigs in a Bathrobe. Czechs are strange J Anyway, this recipe uses a very versatile “dough” that’s made from melted mozzarella cheese and almond flour – it’s a perfect recipe for anyone on a low carb diet, or for anyone who wants something different. Even though there isn’t any actual flour here doesn’t mean it’s not good. The structure is perfect, has a good bite to it, and is simple to make. This dough can also be used to make a quick pizza at home and I will be sharing that recipe soon as well. I hope you make this and let me know in the comments below how it turned out!