chicken sausage wrapped in pastry with bacon sprinkled on the top

Teenie Weenies (Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta)

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Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta


Good things CAN come in small packages!

Mini hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta, or Pigs in a blanket are a traditional and nostalgic appetizer. You will love these savory snacks, and they are easy to prepare and a perfect bite-sized snack at parties and gatherings. When you think of savory sausage and buttery, flaky dough, don’t the taste memories come flooding back? -Are you thinking of a comfort food that reminds you of special times?  Make Teenie Weenies



Teenie Weenies

  • Hillshire Farms Little Smokies
  • Puff Pastry
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pancetta

Mustard Dip

  • Dijon mustard
  • Sour cream
  • Honey
  • Salt


Try our fancy Pigs in a blanket, Teenie Weenies, because size DOES matter when it comes to flavor, and these tasty snacks deliver HUGELY.   Enjoy our Spicy Beer Cheese, Cheesy Bastard.  Finally, Include our Love Bites Pretzel Bites.  Yum!




chicken sausage wrapped in pastry with bacon sprinkled on the topWhy do we love appetizers?

Research shows that savory appetizers whet our appetite and digestive system for a heavier meal to come. Appetizers are important to showcase your creativity.  They keep your guests satisfied while other foods are being prepared.  Lastly, since appetizers are generally quick to prepare, they can simplify and reduce the total time of preparation.  When you think of top 10 ‘Classic’ appetizer, Pigs-in-a-blanket are always on the list, or ‘Teenie Weenies’ are just a little fancier.  Make ‘Teenie Weenies’ for the people you love.  You will love them too.



Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta

chicken sausage wrapped in pastry with bacon sprinkled on the top
5 from 107 votes

Teenie Weenies

Cocktail hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta and Creamy Mustard Dip
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 'cock'tail, cocktail hotdogs, lil smokies, mini hot dogs, mini hotdogs in puff pastry, pancetta, Pigs in a blanket, puff pastry and mini hotdog
Yield: 48
Author: Max E Schlong


Teenie Weenie Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz Package Hillshire Farm Lil Smokies
  • 1 17.3 oz Package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Fresh Parmesan
  • 4 oz Diced Pancetta

Creamy Mustard Dip

  • cup Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Dash Kosher Salt


Prepare Baking Sauce

  • Crack eggs in small bowl and whip
  • Add Cheese
  • Stir well

Prepare Pancetta

  • Fry Pancetta on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until crispy. Drain

Prepare Weenies

  • Prepare a baking pan with parchment paper or cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Lay out 1 sheet of Puff pastry
  • Cut pastry along the seams to make 3 pieces
  • With a pastry brush, paint the puff pastry strips with the baking sauce
  • Cut each strip down the middle, and then 4 equal cuts across (8 pieces per strip)


  • Roll a mini hot dog in each puff pastry piece, Pinch the pieces together, and score with a fork.
  • Place seam-side-down on a baking tray
  • Brush the top of each roll with additional baking sauce
  • Place pieces of Pancetta on top of the wrapped hot dogs
  • Repeat the hot dog/pastry wrapping process with second envelope of puff pastry


  • Place the tray in the oven for approximately 20 minutes at 375 or until the rolls are golden brown
  • Place warm hot dog rolls on a serving tray

Creamy Mustard Dip

  • Combine the Dijon, Sour Cream, Honey and Salt
  • Pour in a serving dish

How do I use Pancetta?

Pancetta has a strong pork taste and salt level.  You will find its flavor profile is close to bacon, but without the smokiness.

Use Pancetta to add depth and flavor. Use it in Italian cuisine, to add richness to pasta dishes, pizzas, and soups. Crisp it up in a pan and use it as a topping for salads, sandwiches, or scrambled eggs.

Wrap sliced Pancetta around meat or vegetables before roasting to add flavor and help to keep the food moist.  Use Pancetta  in marinades or as a base for sauces, adding depth and complexity to the finished dish.


What is the difference between Pancetta, Bacon, and Prosciutto?

Pancetta is an Italian specialty made from pork belly. It’s cured, but not smoked.  Additionally, it is seasoned with salts, spices, and ingredients such as juniper berries. Eat Pancetta cooked and uncooked.  It has a fatty, silky texture, light pink color, and takes about 3 weeks to cure.  Sprinkle Pancetta on savory appetizers for meaty texture and salt.

Bacon is also made from pork belly, but it’s both cured and smoked, giving it an earthy flavor.  As you know, bacon has a dark pink color and is typically cut into strips It cannot be eaten raw. Bacon takes about 10 days to cure.

Prosciutto  is considered an Italian ham, made from the hind legs of a pig and is dry cured.  In fact, prosciutto’s dry cure takes about a year.  We love the thick, buttery, and smooth texture in thin slices. Serve Prosciutto raw.  Use it as a savory addition to your charcuterie or antipasto boards.


More on Italian Meats


Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta for National Pigs in a Blanket Day



Why do we have National Pigs in a Blanket Day on April 24th of each year?

The original genius may have come from Betty Crocker herself, in Betty Crockers Cooking for Kids in 1957.  Pillsbury came out with pre-rolled Pigs-in-a-blanket in the 1970’s- and pretty much the rest is history.

  • Were you delighted by Pigs-in-a-Blanket as a kid?
  • Do you still love them as an adult?

We do- we just made them a little bougey.  We have added Pancetta to make them a little more savory, and interesting sauce to give them a little more zip!  Celebrate Teenie Weenies on April 24th…


Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta

in our Cuss Kitchen® CharDUDErie Board

wooden platter with chick wings, sausage in pastry, dipping sauce, guacamole, salsa, celery, carrots



Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta

  • Our Pancetta Pigs in a Blanket are a great way to amp up your appetizer, but you could also use bacon bits, and create Bacon Pigs in a Blanket Puff Pastry.
  • Try Everything Bagel Spice Pigs in a Blanket- just sprinkle the spice on top of the egg wash.
  • Our Weenies in a Blanket are Lil Smokies – but you can substitute your favorite cocktail hot dogs
  • Try small pieces of your favorite sausage- Sausage in a Blanket, or Sausage rolls
  • Celebrate National Pigs in a Blanket Day- April 24th, 2023.  Make ‘Teeenie Weenies’!


Try Hot dogs in Puff Pastry with Pancetta – Teenie Weenies!

Hot dogs in Puff Pastry… Oh Yea!


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This Greek-inspired whipped feta board is healthy, creamy, and delicious.  So addictive you will dip and scoop this board clean!  This is the next generation Charcuterie board!  Make this quick and easy appetizer.



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9 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I know these are on old-fashioned favorite- but this recipe is a little more interesting- and they are good. I made them with your mustard dip. 2 Thumbs-up

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