Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Although I don’t have a dog in the fight (next year, my dear Steelers, next year), that doesn’t mean I’m not bringing pigs to the game.
My pork dish of choice for the biggest pigskin battle of the year is classic pigs-in-a-blanket, which I usually make with Lil’ Smokies and crescent dough. Salty, delicious, and easy to snack on while watching commercials.
Recently, however, I spotted a cutting-edge piece of cooking technology that might be a game-changer when it comes to my pigs-in-a-blanket production: Piggy Pop.
Available for the low, low price of $10 at Kroger, Piggy Pop is a pink silicone baking pan that enables you to make pigs in a blanket that are shaped like actual pigs. I don’t know about you, but I think the only thing more enjoyable than eating processed swine flesh is being able to consume it in a shape true to its original form, i.e., a pig!
As a service to you, dear reader (you’re welcome), I decided to test Piggy Pop in advance of the big game to ensure it delivered on its promise to help me create cute little sows stuffed with wienies.
I preheated my oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit as per instructions and prepared some Bisquick for the batter base. After some trial and mostly error, I figured out that I should fill each individual pig mold only halfway with pancake mix in order to leave sufficient room for the Lil’ Smokies and prevent unnecessary spillage.
It should be noted also that though technically the pan was non-stick, I still used some cooking spray to ensure swift removal after my swines were done baking.
After approximately 11 minutes, I removed my pigs-in-a-blanket and popped them right out of the pan. With a toasty brown exterior and soft, sweet doughy core punctuated by the delightful juicy contrast of savory juicy tube meat, my piggies were not just toothsome but cheerful, continuing to smile up at me from the platter even as I ate their brethren one by one.
The manufacturers of Piggy Pop really, really want you to know that the pan can be used for many other snacks besides pigs-in-a-blanket by swapping out the pancake batter, for say, brownie mix, and stuffing the hogs with something other than mini frankfurters. For now, I’m keeping it simple for the Super Bowl and look forward to treating my friends to a litter or two.