Vegan pigs in blankets with sage and wholegrain mustard are the best take on pigs in blankets! With cute as can be vegan cocktail sausages, wrapped in mouthwatering plant-based bacon and encased in a delightfully festive glaze, friends and family will be left wanting more!
🌟 Why this recipe works
- Super easy – with just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes cook-time, they are a super simple addition to any Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner or even just a Sunday roast dinner!
- 5 ingredients – all five ingredients mean that these vegan pigs in blankets can be made from scratch, as long as you’re happy to buy the main two ingredients! If you’ve got time to make the vegan bacon and the vegan cocktail sausage then go ahead.
- 15 minutes – as well as only needing 5 ingredients, this recipe only takes 15 minutes to make! 10 minutes in the oven and 5 minutes prep time. Plus, you can make them in advance...
- Prepare in advance – this recipe can be made in advance and popped in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them (max 3 days) and can be frozen for 3 months.
- Note: this recipe is not to be confused with ‘vegan pigs in a blanket’ or ‘vegan pigs in duvets’. These two options refer to the American version of this recipe, which is actually a vegan cocktail sausage wrapped in pastry, more like a sausage roll, rather than wrapped in plant-based bacon.
🍽 Equipment and Products Used
No fancy products are needed! However, there are some basics that will help with this one. Including a silicone brush, 20 wooden cocktail sticks and a baking tray - non-stick or lined with parchment paper.
📋 Ingredient Notes
- Cocktail sausages – the brands that we have found to work well for this recipe: Plant Pioneers by Sainsbury’s and This. If you have a recommendation for a vegan cocktail sausage in the US, please let us know in the comments!
- Vegan bacon rashers – it’s important that the facon you use is flexible, as it needs to wrap around the cocktail sausage. So tempe or tofu alternatives won’t work, as they don’t tend to be very bendy. We found that the best two vegan bacon options for this recipe are Richmond Foods Meat-Free or Finnebrogues Naked Without The Oink. Again, we’re not sure on the best option for our US readers, but let us know in the comments if you have a recommendation. Additionally, you may also be able to use aubergine fake bacon.
- Sage leaves – popping a sage leaf in between the bacon and sausage is a great way to this dish up, and make them even more Christmassy!
- Wholegrain mustard – we also tried making these with dijon mustard and English mustard. We thought the wholegrain version was the best!
- Maple syrup – you can alternatively use agave syrup, but try to steer clear of syrups that are strongly flavoured as it will overpower them.
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this article for exact measurements.
🔪 Step-by-step Instructions
These instructions are an overview of how to make this dish. For full instructions, ingredients and notes, head to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/gas mark 6. Cut the bacon rashers in half widthways.
2. Mix the wholegrain mustard and maple syrup in a bowl until well combined, set aside.
3. Place a sage leaf in the middle of each half of the vegan bacon, then roll a cocktail sausage tightly within it.
4. Secure by piercing through both sides with a cocktail stick.
5. Rinse and repeat until they're all wrapped and pinned with a cocktail stick.
6. Brush each pig in blanket generously with the mustard maple glaze and put on a non-stick or lined baking tray. Put in the oven for 10 mins, turning halfway.
👩🍳 Expert Tips
- Wholegrain mustard – we found wholegrain mustard to offer the best flavour for this side dish. We found that English mustard and Dijon worked well, but wholegrain was the best.
- Space them evenly on the tray – the maple and mustard mix is very sticky so placing them out evenly on the tray (like in the photos) to prevent them from getting messy.
- Sage - you could also try them with thyme or rosemary too, but remember to take the herbs off the stems, as the stalks will not be enjoyable as they’re too hard.
- Vegan pigs in blankets hotdog – a great Christmassy treat! Packed with fried red onions, vegan stuffing and then dipped in gravy. Head to our video of this beautiful creation.
We recommend using either Richmond Meat-Free or Finnebrogue Naked Without The Oink. These vegan bacon options are both flexible and so are easy to wrap around the cocktail sausage.
The best brands of vegan cocktail sausage are either This or Plant Pioneers. We think Plant Pioneers are the best of the two as they’re moister!
They freeze well for upto 3 months. Cook from frozen on around gas mark 5 / 190°C for about 20 minutes until piping hot. Alternatively, defrost in the fridge overnight and then they will only take 10 minutes in the oven.
If you’d rather just get a shop bought version, then head to Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Waitrose and they all offer great options!
Yes, but of course, they are best served fresh. They’ll keep in the fridge for 3 days, but don’t keep them in the fridge longer than that because they will dry out.
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Easy Vegan Pigs in Blankets
- 20 vegan cocktail sausages
- 10 vegan bacon rashers
- 20 fresh sage leaves
- 1.5 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 200c/gas mark 6.
- Cut the bacon rashers in half widthways.10 vegan bacon rashers
- Mix the wholegrain mustard and maple syrup in a bowl until well combined and set aside.1.5 tbsp wholegrain mustard, 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
- Place a sage leaf in the middle of each half of the vegan bacon, then roll a cocktail sausage tightly within it. Secure by piercing through both sides with a cocktail stick. Rinse and repeat and place each one is wrapped.20 fresh sage leaves, 20 vegan cocktail sausages
- Brush each pig in blanket generously with the mustard maple glaze and put on a non-stick or lined baking tray.
- Put in the oven for 10 mins, turning halfway.
- It’s super important to make sure that the vegan bacon is flexible, so that it can easily be wrapped around the vegan cocktail sausage.
- The best brands of vegan cocktail sausage for this recipe are This or Plant Pioneers, in our opinion.
- Also, in our opinion, the best vegan bacon to use is by either Finnebrogue Naked Without The Oink or Richmond Foods.
- You could swap out the maple syrup for agave syrup.
- You could also try this with English mustard or Dijon mustard instead of the whole grain. We’ve tried it both ways but still prefer it with whole grain mustard!