The Classic Party Snack Ina Garten Approves Of For Dinner

When the trays of hors d'oeuvres circulate at gatherings, everyone has their favorite party snack they naturally gravitate toward. Sausages wrapped in dough and then baked, better known as pigs in a blanket, are usually a crowd-pleasing appetizer. And what's not to love? It's the perfect marriage of a savory protein and a golden, flaky crust. As detailed by The Pioneer Woman, this appetizer can be modified according to what you're craving with different kinds of sausages, from andouille to hot dogs, and sauces, from spicy mayo to honey mustard. 

But some party snacks are so delectable, and customizable, you may be tempted to eat them even when there is no party — or when you want an uncomplicated meal. Considering that we've all had days when we want a simple, quick bite, just maybe that looks like eating our favorite snack for dinner. 

Not that we need anyone's approval if we choose to eat a snack for dinner, but it is nice to know that — according to Food Network chef and cookbook author Ina Garten — eating a cocktail party dish for dinner is perfectly permissible.

A snack that can be a whole meal

If there's an appetizer that only needs a couple of tweaks to be substantial enough to stand on its own as a meal, pigs in a blanket definitely fits that role. Ina Garten took to Instagram to share a twist on the time honored appetizer, and in the photo, her dinner plate featured two hot dogs wrapped in puffed pastry, served with a simple salad.

If this heartier take on pigs in a blanket sounds delicious, the full recipe is featured on Garten's website and includes just a few additional ingredients, including Dijon mustard, an egg, a tablespoon of water, sea salt, and ground black pepper. 

The next time you're craving a taste of the classic party snack, you don't have to wait for your next bash to enjoy it. Just grab your favorite hot dog or pre-cooked sausage and a container of pre-made refrigerated dough to wrap them in, and dinner will be on the table with minimal time invested and just a little effort.