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"I'm making a meal inspired by my friend Janet, who said that when she was a little girl, the thing she loved that her mom used to make was cheese-stuffed pigs in a blanket," says Rach. "So we're going to do just that—cheese-stuffed pigs in a blanket, but we're going to take it next level." First of all, they are split and lightly toasted, which Rach thinks really adds to the flavor. The "pigs" are also dinner size, sprinkled with "everything" seasoning and served with New York City hot dog cart-style onions, cooked and seasoned with garlic, spices, ketchup and brown mustard. YUM! Rach also likes to offer slaw and dill pickles on the side. 

For more pigs in a blanket inspiration, check out these amazing creations from Rach's friend Mary Giuliani, who is an expert on the subject: Buffalo Chicks in a Blanket, Figs in a Blanket and Carrots in a Blanket


For the NYC Hot Dog Cart Onions:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped or sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown mustard, plus more to serve
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (Rach likes Aleppo or Gebhardt's blend)
  • 1 teaspoon pimento (smoked paprika or sweet paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
For the Hot Dogs:
  • 8 links of hot dog (beef, pork or meatless)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons "everything" seasoning
  • Two 8-ounce tubes of crescent rolls
  • Slaw salad, to serve, optional
  • Dill pickles, to serve, optional


Serves: 4 to 6


For the onions, in a medium pot or 10- to 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, 2 turns of the pan. Add onions, salt and pepper and soften 20 minutes, keeping them very light in color and adding 1 cup of water after 10 minutes. Let water evaporate over very low heat. Stir in ketchup, mustard, sugar, spices and granulated garlic. Keep over very low heat and let thicken.  

Rachael Ray 10.25-Inch Nonstick Deep Frying Pan

Rachael Ray 10.25-Inch Nonstick Deep Frying Pan

Rachael Ray

Preheat oven to 375°F, with rack in middle position. 

For the hot dogs, split them down center and simmer in 1/8-inch water in nonstick skillet. Brown on each side lightly, then remove and cool.  

Fill dogs with cheese. Separate dough so that 2 triangles form 1 larger triangle; if your tube of dough yields 8 crescent rolls, you should form 4 larger triangles per tube. Place the cheese-filled dogs at the long end of the triangle of dough and roll the dog to wrap the dough around.  

Place seasoning on a plate and gently roll dough in it. 

Place the stuffed dogs on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Pass onions and more mustard at table. Serve with slaw salad of choice and pickles (if using).