Pigs in Blankets Skewers

  • 15MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 198KCAL

Did someone say Christmas dinner on a stick? Everyone’s favourite festive food, Pigs in Blankets are the star of the show here!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories198
  • Carbs18g
  • Protein19g
  • Fat4.2g
  • Saturates0.9g
  • Sugars8.4g

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These Pigs in Blanket Skewers are a fun festive treat for your Christmas party! We’ve wrapped up the little piggies in tasty bacon blankets and added golden potatoes, baby carrots, Brussels sprouts and some cherry tomatoes for a pop of colour. 

Everything gets coated in a sticky, sweet and savoury glaze made from honey, mustard and Marmite – trust us, you’ll LOVE it. It’s just like Christmas dinner on a stick, with everyone’s favourite bits included. 

You could even serve these on Boxing Day to use up any spare chipolatas (if there are any left over!). They’re so yummy served piping hot from the oven. Too good to save one for Santa! 

What diets are these Pigs in Blankets Skewers suitable for? 

These Pigs in Blankets Skewers can be enjoyed on a gluten free diet, as long as you substitute the chipolatas and yeast extract for suitable gluten free alternatives. 

For anyone on a dairy free diet, please make sure you look for a dairy free chipolata. Some can contain milk. 

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Pigs in Blankets Skewers recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Pigs in Blankets Skewers?

You’ll need some reduced fat chipolata sausages. You can use any that you prefer, including gluten free or dairy free if you are catering for anyone following a specific diet. 

To make ours, we have used chicken chipolatas made by Heck. These are available in most supermarkets.

You will also need some Chantenay carrots. These are those very small carrots, widely available in the fresh vegetable aisle in most supermarkets or greengrocers’ shops.

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How many calories are in these Pigs in Blankets Skewers?

There are 198 calories in each of these Pigs in Blankets Skewers, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Pigs in Blankets Skewers are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place 8 long wooden skewers in cold water and leave to soak for about 20 minutes. This will stop the skewers burning when they go in the oven. Remove the skewers from the water and drain well. Line a large baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof baking paper.

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Step 2

Par boil the vegetables: Place a medium saucepan, half filled with cold water, on the stove. Add the potato cubes, cover with a lid and set the heat to high. Bring to the boil, taking care not to let the water boil over.

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Step 3

Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered with a lid for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the carrots and Brussels sprouts to the potatoes in the simmering water, and continue to simmer, partially covered, for a further 5 minutes. The potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts should be just tender enough to thread onto a skewer. Take care not to overcook as the vegetables will become too soft and will fall off the skewers. Drain well and leave to air dry. Set aside.

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Step 5

To make the Pigs in Blankets: Take the 8 bacon strips and roll around the middle of the 8 chipolata sausage halves, placing seam side down.

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Step 6

To assemble: Carefully thread 2 Pigs in Blankets, 2 potato cubes, 2 carrots, 2 Brussels sprouts and 2 cherry tomatoes onto each of the 4 skewers, in any order you like. Place on the lined baking tray.

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Step 7

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir together all the glaze ingredients until evenly mixed. Brush half of the glaze thoroughly over one side of the skewers.

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Step 8

Place the glazed skewers in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the skewers over and brush the remaining glaze over to thoroughly coat. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, until the Pigs in Blankets are cooked through, the potatoes are tender and golden, and the other vegetables are tender and starting to brown a little around the edges.

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Step 9

Serve hot, garnished with a few fresh rosemary sprigs (optional), and with an accompaniment of your choice.

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How do you know when Pigs in Blankets Skewers are cooked?

You’ll need to cook these Pigs in Blankets Skewers in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the chipolatas are cooked all the way through and the vegetables are tender and starting to brown. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Pigs in Blankets Skewers in the fridge?

Once you’ve put these skewers out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Pigs in Blankets Skewers in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Pigs in Blankets Skewers taste best when they are freshly prepared, cooked and served right away. They’re not suitable for storing in the fridge after they’ve been cooked as the veggies can turn a little mushy. 

We recommend making these fresh each time you fancy Christmas dinner on a stick!

Can I freeze Pigs in Blankets Skewers?

You can assemble the pigs in blankets and freeze them BEFORE they are cooked, but only if you are using chipolatas that have not been previously frozen. If you are freezing the pigs in blankets please remember to do the following;

  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer. 

We don’t recommend freezing the veggies as they may become a little soggy. They’ll taste much nicer cooked from fresh. 

How do I reheat Pigs in Blankets Skewers?

We recommend making these fresh each time. If you have frozen the pigs in blankets before cooking, let them defrost overnight in the fridge and then cook as per the recipe. 

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Pigs in Blankets Skewers

Did someone say Christmas dinner on a stick? Everyone’s favourite festive food, Pigs in Blankets are the star of the show here!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 198
  • Carbs 18G

Ingredients

For the skewers

  • 4 reduced fat chipolata sausages, cut in half widthways
  • 4 smoked bacon medallions, cut in half lengthways
  • 1 large potato peeled and cut into 8 x 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes, approx 200g total
  • 8 small baby carrots, trimmed, approx 80g total
  • 8 medium Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed, stalks trimmed
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, stalks removed

For the glaze

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp Marmite or other yeast extract
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

To garnish

  • a few fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

medium saucepan and lid

large baking tray

greaseproof paper

small bowl

4 long wooden skewers

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Place 8 long wooden skewers in cold water and leave to soak for about 20 minutes. This will stop the skewers burning when they go in the oven. Remove the skewers from the water and drain well. Line a large baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof baking paper.
  2. Par boil the vegetables: Place a medium saucepan, half filled with cold water, on the stove. Add the potato cubes, cover with a lid and set the heat to high. Bring to the boil, taking care not to let the water boil over.
  3. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered with a lid for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the carrots and Brussels sprouts to the potatoes in the simmering water, and continue to simmer, partially covered, for a further 5 minutes. The potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts should be just tender enough to thread onto a skewer. Take care not to overcook as the vegetables will become too soft and will fall off the skewers. Drain well and leave to air dry. Set aside.
  5. To make the Pigs in Blankets: Take the 8 bacon strips and roll around the middle of the 8 chipolata sausage halves, placing seam side down.
  6. To assemble: Carefully thread 2 Pigs in Blankets, 2 potato cubes, 2 carrots, 2 Brussels sprouts and 2 cherry tomatoes onto each of the 4 skewers, in any order you like. Place on the lined baking tray.
  7. To make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir together all the glaze ingredients until evenly mixed. Brush half of the glaze thoroughly over one side of the skewers.
  8. Place the glazed skewers in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the skewers over and brush the remaining glaze over to thoroughly coat. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, until the Pigs in Blankets are cooked through, the potatoes are tender and golden, and the other vegetables are tender and starting to brown a little around the edges.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with a few fresh rosemary sprigs (optional), and with an accompaniment of your choice.

Recipe notes

Tip: You can use any type of reduced fat chipolata sausages. We used some chicken ones made by Heck.
Tip: You need to use very small carrots for this recipe, Chantenay carrots are ideal. There’s no need to peel these small carrots.
Tip: We found that we didn't need to season this recipe with salt as the Marmite provides enough saltiness.

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