One of the best things about low-carb diets is that you don't always have to eat traditional "diet food."
There are plenty of foods that, with a few tweaks, you can eat on a low-carb diet—many of which don't sound like they're healthy at all.
These low-carb pigs in a blanket are a great example.
When most people think of pigs in a blanket, they think of heavily breaded mini hot dogs served at a party or potluck, doused in sugar-filled ketchup. You'd be hard-pressed to call these "healthy" regardless of the diet you're on.
But we've taken the traditional cocktail party snack and made it into a satisfying low-carb meal that the whole family can enjoy. (Trust us, kids love these!)
We cut full-sized hot dogs in half, then wrap them in a low-carb dough made from mozzarella cheese, eggs, and almond flour.
It's out with the bad, in with the good—and we think you're going to love these low-carb pigs in a blanket so much you might choose this recipe to entertain with next time over the more traditional version. Enjoy!
What are Pigs in a Blanket?
You might be familiar with the nickname already, but if not, pigs in a blanket are a traditional cocktail party snack made from dough and miniature hot dogs.
The hot dogs are wrapped inside the dough then baked, then dipped into sauces like ketchup, mustard, or barbecue sauce. They're typically served with toothpicks for easy sampling.
Occasionally, you'll find variations of pigs in a blanket that use Vienna sausages instead of hot dogs. But most recipes call for hot dogs and a simple dough.
Why this Recipe is Healthier than Traditional Recipes
This recipe is nothing like most pigs in a blanket recipes. Just compare the difference:
Traditional doughs are made with ingredients like:
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
These ingredients are largely responsible for why there are 17g of carbs per serving (and remember, one serving of pigs in a blanket isn't usually that big) [*].
Compare that to our low-carb pigs in a blanket dough, which is made with:
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Almond flour
All three of these foods are loaded with protein and fat, and only a fraction of the carbs. Plus almond flour is loaded with fiber, so the net carb count will be even lower.
You can eat more than one without feeling guilty, and actually feel satisfied after doing so. And the nutrients in this low-carb version will keep you full for hours after you eat!
Low-Carb Condiments to Serve with this Recipe
You'll want to steer clear of most traditional condiments with this recipe. Ketchup, for example, has enough sugar to make these pigs in a blanket not-so-low-carb anymore.
Here are some yummy options you can still use:
- Hot sauce
- Mayonnaise (add flavor with hot sauce or spices)
- Low-carb BBQ sauce
- Coconut aminos
- Ranch dressing
- Sugar-free ketchup
In general, be sure to read labels. There are good and bad brands of every condiment out there. Look for something with no added sugar and a low amount of carbs and you should be good to go!
Other Low-Carb Appetizers You’ll Love
- Paleo Zucchini Fries
- Bacon-Wrapped Paleo Asparagus with Sriracha Mayo
- Air-Fryer Low-Carb Chicken Tenders
Low-Carb Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
- Yield: 8
- Serving size: 2 pigs in a blanket
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 18-22 minutes
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1½ cup blanched almond flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 all-beef Kosher hot dogs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the shredded mozzarella. Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds or until the mozzarella melts.
- Add in the almond flour, eggs, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt. Feel free to add other seasonings here if you’d like.
- Mix well until it forms a dough-like consistency.
- Place the dough on the parchment paper. Split the dough into 16 equal balls.*
- Cut each hot dog in half.
- Roll out each piece of dough into an oval and wrap it around a hot dog. Repeat for the other 15 pieces.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes. You can broil the last 2 minutes if you’d like but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
- Serve hot with your favorite low-carb dipping sauce or condiment.
*Note: If you prefer crescent rolls, then roll out the dough into a large rectangle about ⅛-inch thick and cut it into 16 triangles. You’ll have to roll out the dough multiple times to get enough triangles. Place a hot dog piece at the long end and roll it so the triangle point ends up at the top.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
- Fat: 25g
- Protein: 15.5g
- Total Carbohydrates: 7.5g
- Fiber: 2.25g
- Net Carbs: 5.25g
- Fat: 71%
- Protein: 19.5%
- Carbohydrates: 9.5%