As a kid, we ate a lot of hot dogs. In fact, my grandmother used to slice them up and put them in spaghetti sauce and I loved it! Over the years, my craving for them has waned but, once in a while, I really enjoy a good hot dog. Of course, whether they are in a bun or wrapped in cornmeal, they aren’t exactly low carb so, when I came across the idea of low carb pigs in a blanket, I jumped on it. When we’re not traveling, following a keto diet helps me maintain my weight and feel good.
Whenever my older kids and Josh want pigs in a blanket for lunch or even a quick dinner, I just have a hot dog (sometimes wrapped in bacon). It’s not the worst thing ever, but it’s not the same. Now that I follow a keto diet to help with anxiety, I don’t want to make compromises. The good thing is that it’s pushed me to find new ways to make our old favorites!
Easy Appetizer or Meal
I had already been experimenting with fathead dough recipes like this one on Low Carb Maven. Basically, this low carb dough (see our recipe below) relies heavily on both mozzarella and cream cheeses, rather than wheat flour. It has a unique taste but I think it’s perfect for low carb pigs in a blanket.
When I make my dough, I heat everything in a wok but most people find it more convenient to do it all in the microwave. One thing I caution against – overheating the cheese! Even if you’re able to salvage it and make the dough, the taste will be weird. Avoid this!
Once you’ve made your dough, create eight small balls and then roll it out between parchment paper. Place a hot dog in the center of each piece of dough and then very gently wrap it around (the dough can be a little crumbly).
When you’re done with all eight, place them seam down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (save the planet and reuse the pieces you used to flatten the dough!). I like to sprinkle with sesame seeds or Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel seasoning.
Bake at 400 for about 12 minutes but check on them after 10 minutes. I like mine a little more done, especially when I’m using fathead recipes. It just helps it feel a little more like the regular recipe. Really, though, it will depend on your personal preference. Feel free to experiment and find the right timing for your tastes.
Allow to cool and serve with mustard, mayo, and/or your favorite low sugar ketchup. So good!
Fathead Keto Pigs in a Blanket
One of the best things about these easy low carb pigs in a blanket is that they can be used for so many different occasions. I sometimes like to slice them up and put toothpicks in the pieces to serve as an appetizer. This is a real hit on holidays like Halloween and Christmas. They’re also perfect for Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve and parties!
- 1.5 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 ounces full-fat cream cheese cut into pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1.5 cup almond flour nut-free options in post
- 1 tbsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 400 F and place rack into the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Combine mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for and additional 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Scrape the cheese into a food processor with the egg and process until smooth.
Add dry ingredients and process until a dough forms. It will be very sticky! For best results, scrape onto a piece of cling film and place in freezer.
When oven is ready, remove dough from the freezer and divide into 8 equal parts. With lightly oiled hands, roll each portion into a ball and place between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll or gently press to create a small, flat circle.
Place one hot dog into the center of each piece of dough and gently wrap the dough around it. Put each on the lined baking sheet, seam down. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
Bake for 12 minutes or until the outside has browned. Allow to cool slightly before serving (they will be soft).