Appetizers / Snacks
Pig in a Blanket with Peach Mustard
As the mercury begins to climb and the days get longer, there’s no sweeter way to slow down than by relaxing on the back porch with cold drinks, mellow appetizers, and good friends. That laid-back, slower-paced form of entertainment is reminiscent of southern evenings gone by.
A long-time classic in the line of bite-sized appetizers, pigs in a blanket are typically made with pastry dough and hot dogs. Here, they get a face-lift with southern flair in the form of Virginia ham and collard greens. Roll them up, then slice and bake them for a dressed-up snack that’s as pretty as it is savory. And whisk up a simple honey mustard with peach preserves and tangy Dijon for a cooling sweet-tart dipping sauce.
FOR THE APPETIZERS, THAW:
FOR THE MUSTARD, WHISK:
Test Kitchen Tips
This recipe makes enough for a large party. If you’re not feeding an army, freeze the extras to bake later.
Virginia ham is a variety of “country ham” that’s salt-cured for one to three months. It’s typically much saltier, drier, and stronger in flavor than other cured ham. If you can’t find it, any other type of deli-sliced ham will work for this appetizer.
Preheat oven to 400°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
For the appetizers, thaw pastry according to package directions.
Cook scallions and garlic in oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, 3 minutes. Stir in greens in batches until they wilt enough to fit in the pan. Add broth; simmer greens until soft, about 10 minutes more. Stir in Tabasco and season with salt and black pepper; remove from heat.
Roll each pastry with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface until ½-inch longer at top and bottom, then slice horizontally into thirds. Brush each third with egg mixture.
Line each pastry third with 3 slices of ham and ½ cup greens mixture, then roll up jelly roll-style, pinching the edge to seal. Brush outside of each roll with egg mixture.
For the mustard, whisk together preserves, Dijon, honey, and pepper flakes until smooth.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Carbs 6g 2%
Fiber 0g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.