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Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Air fryer pigs in a blanket are my kids favorite snacks! Easy air fryer hot dogs wrapped with crescent rolls so the outsides are crunchy with a tender center to dip in all the things.

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If you ask my girls these air fryer pigs in a blanket are true perfection! Now that they’re older they can make this easy air fryer recipe themselves, a great way to start cooking I say. (affiliate links present, originally published 3/20)

Air Fryer Crescent Dogs

Who doesn’t remember these as a child. I mean you can use small smokies to make them or regular sizes like we did. Either way everyone loves every bite when I bring these out for lunch time. Use your Ninja Foodi to make these just the same.

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We are using refrigerated crescent dough which makes things so easy. You could use a tube of rolls too but those are more dense so this is what we prefer. Make whole or slice in half to make mini pigs in a blanket for kids too.

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Air Fryer Mini Pigs in a Blanket

If you were making these for little hands you will be the hero of the day, seriously. You can slice your wieners in half or even thirds. Cut your dough into strips so it just wraps around them enough to cover them and air fry! You won’t need quite as long as the cook time listed below and can make more at a time.

You could even use a Ninja Foodi Grill to make the best pigs in a blanket recipe ever. Even my teens have made them all by themselves which I love. It gives them an opportunity to “cook” when they want a snack. As for the best weiners I love Hebrew National personally.

They have a great snap on the outside and are made from quality meats. I mean go for what type you like but we have done alot of testing and there is a difference.

Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket Crescent Rolls

You could add cheese too but just know that it will be messier in the basket. If you don’t care then go for it. Use kraft slices cut into strips and wrap on before your dough. It will melt in between the two and add another layer of yum. Now let’s talk about the pigs in a blanket ingredients you’ll need:

  1. Can of refrigerated crescent rolls or sheet
    1. occasionally you can find what says sheet on the outside, this is better because there are no perforations
  2. Hot dogs
    1. my favorite is Hebrew National or any brand that offers uncured meat
  3. Non stick cooking spray
    1. olive oil spray is my jam
  4. Knife to score the wieners

What is a crescent roll? Well, it’s pretty much a crescent shaped puff pastry. Pillsbury makes this type of pre made puff pastry dough you see here. It was invented in the United States in the 1960’s and is used for a multitude of recipes such as this one.

crescent rolls

Since they didn’t have crescent sheets at my local grocery store I just pinched all of the perforations together so it was pretty smooth.

  • Then I made it easier on myself by using a pizza cutter to create strips width wise to wrap around my hot dogs.
  • This worked pretty well and start to finish they were done in less than 10 minutes!

I suppose you might be able to use puff pastry too but I haven’t tried that. You just don’t want a dough that is really thick or else the inside will remain doughy while the meat is overcooked.

crescent roll recipe

Ninja Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Now to ensure your hot dogs get warm inside too I scored one side three times with a knife as you see here. That was key to not ending up with perfection outside and cold meat inside.

  • Leaving them inside your air fryer basket for a few minutes once the cook time is up is an important step in the process too. 
  • Yes you could use cocktail franks instead but to me that would be really labor intensive so I used whole weiners instead.

If you wanted to make this into an air fryer appetizer of sorts you could very easily use lil’ smokies and follow these same instructions. I might take off a minute though and test to see how brown they got.

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pigs in a blanket with biscuits

Pigs in a blanket air fryer

Now just roll ’em up! Since the crescents are a bit sticky when they’re raw I decided to spray the inside of my basket with olive oil spray, that helped a lot.

  • I also think preheating your air fryer is an important step too. This step ensures that you’ll get an even cook throughout your cook time.
    • If you forget don’t freak out, it just will take an extra minute or so.
  • In just 3 minutes the outsides were a golden brown BUT I made sure to leave them in for another three minutes in order for the insides to warm.
    • I used this same technique when making air fryer corn dogs.
    • This step was very important, otherwise the hot dog inside ended up being slightly cold. NO good.

Including preheating time these pigs in a blanket in an air fryer only take 10 minutes flat to cook to perfection!

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Want to make just plain air fried hot dogs or corn dogs? We have done that too and they’re great!

  • Now of course you can serve these with ketchup and regular yellow mustard BUT our 4 ingredient mustard pretzel dip is better!
  • Want to make homemade pretzel dough and wrap that around instead? You can try that.

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Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Air fryer pigs in a blanket are my kids favorite snacks! Easy recipe to make with crescent rolls and hot dogs that turns out crunchy to perfection every time.
Course Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, hot dogs, pigs in a blanket
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 112kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 6 hot dogs
  • 1 roll crescent rolls or crescent sheet is better

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees.
  • Roll out crescent roll sheet but do not pull pieces apart, rather pinch perforations so it is one solid sheet. (sometimes you can find what says crescent sheet on the outside, that is better)
  • Use a pizza slicer widthwise to slice 2" long pieces.
  • Score each hot dogs 3 times (not all the way through) on one side (see photo).
  • Start with the bottom of the crescent and hot dog and roll it up to the top so almost the whole hot dog is wrapped (ends will be showing).
  • Spray inside of air fryer basket with non stick spray and place wrapped dogs inside.
  • Cook at 360 degrees for 3 minutes, then leave them inside the basket without opening it for 3 more minutes to continue to warm the inside of the meat.
  • Serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Ashlee

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

It was amazing so easy to make and clean up is done in 5 mins !

The Typical Mom

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Yay

Kim

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

I am trying to make these but the outside cooked and the inside is still uncooked, gooey dough.

Kerry

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Great quick kid friendly lunch. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Friday 5th of February 2021

Awesome

Angie

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I’ve made these several times. Just made them for my husband tonight and said that they were really good! Made tator tots in air fryer too. A nice, quick meal.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Oh good

Karl

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Very good just made these but I sliced the hot dogs (only about 3/4 of the way through them) down the center and spread them open and inserted sliced cheese then wrapped them and cooked them definitely a recommended addition

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