playoff snacks

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the past few weeks have been filled with playoff games, the Kentucky derby, the Preakness, hockey and just about every type of sports contest. in our home, we are always watching some type of competition and my hubby is looking for an appropriate snack for the event.

i turned to Martha’s american food cookbook to find this recipe for pigs in a blanket.  it seems to be an old recipe that has been re-worked to be more “Martha”-like.  she would never use refrigerated crescent dough, now would she?  no.

Martha uses frozen puff pastry, which by the way, is delicious.  this recipe makes about 25 to 30 little ones, so your next party will have enough to share for all those watching the game.

to make this recipe:  preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  unfold one sheet of frozen puff pastry that has been thawed according to the package directions, on a work surface.  i usually put down some waxed paper to protect the pastry.  using a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut the pastry into equal strips.  aim for about 30 pieces measuring one by three inches. use a 12 ounce package of cocktail franks, or i just sliced Koegel’s chicken franks, and place the cut pastry around each one. 

put seam side down on a baking sheet that has been lined with silpat or parchment paper.  coat each puff with a bit of beaten egg or egg beaters and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

bake about 25 to 30 minutes or less, rotating around to evenly brown in the oven.  serve hot with ketchup, mustard, or horseradish sauce.

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