For the last few years, it’s been tradition for my cousin to bring her children to my place to go trick-or-treating. It started with the oldest two children and they were eventually joined by their younger brother and baby sister. Before making their rounds in the neighborhood, they ate dinner. I’m not sure whose idea it was, but we started making pigs in a blanket. The older girls loved to help. Nikki had to go gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free last fall, so she didn’t get to enjoy them like she normally did. This year, I decided to find a recipe so that Nikki could have pigs in a blanket too.Learn how to make #dietaryrestriction friendly #pigsinablanket Click To Tweet
It took some searching, but I finally came across a recipe that was gluten- and dairy-free. Side note: I had to go to two stores to find cocktail wieners. The first store didn’t have any. Shouldn’t they be available this time of year because of the upcoming holiday season (not to mention football season)? I digress. When we were getting ready to try this recipe, we realized that we didn’t have shortening. We made a quick trip to the store only to find that both brands of shortening contain soybean oil. Welp. After Googling shortening substitutes, we settled on canola oil (vegetable oil also contains soy bean oil).
This recipe calls for Bisquick, but we opted for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix. Everything we found for measurements for swapping shortening for canola oil said 1 cup of shortening =1 cup of oil, but to use less oil. This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of shortening, so we went with 2/3 cup of oil. Spoiler alert: That was too much. Next, we added almond milk.
Pro tip: After adding milk, let it sit for a few minutes. This allows it to become more firm.
Once the mix becomes firmer, add in 3 eggs (or 9 tablespoons egg whites). Stir.
Let sit for 3-5 minutes before scooping out ball of dough to make the blanket. Roll into ball and then flatten. The recipe suggests making them 1-inch wide and 2-inches long. After placing the wiener in the blanket, carefully roll dough so that wiener is wrapped all the way around. Remember how I said there was too much oil? The dough started to crumble when rolling it around the wiener. We added a bit more pancake mix & that helped. Be sure to roll the dough slowly around the wiener. You may have to smooth the dough out as you wrap the wiener.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
After re-reading the ingredients list, we realized that we could’ve substituted the shortening with butter (this wasn’t made very clear). I would suggest using butter (Earth Balance Soy Free is a good option) or using less canola oil.
The final product tasted good, but was on the greasy side.
*Ingredients for Pigs in a Blanket*
-1.5 cup gluten-free pancake mix
-1/4 shortening (soy-free alternative: Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread)
-1/4 cup almond milk
-3 eggs separated (Egg white alternative: Pete & Gerry’s; 3 tablespoons =1 large egg)
-Combine pancake mix with shortening/butter/canola oil
-Add almond milk & stir; let sit until dough starts to firm
-Add eggs/egg white & stir; let sit 3-5 minutes
-Scoop out ball of dough and pat flat to make blankets (1 in. wide, 2 in. long)
-Wrap pigs in blanket
-Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees until bottoms are golden brown
-Let cool and enjoy!
Pro tip #2: Brush with egg whites prior to baking
Let me know if you have any suggestions or modifications to this recipe in the comments.#Glutenfree, #SoyFree, #DairyFree pigs in a blanket, plus a bonus recipe! Click To Tweet
***Bonus Halloween Recipe***
I was going to try making this recipe myself, but so far have not been able to find pretzel rods that are both gluten- and soy-free. A friend of mine sent me the recipe. I still wanted to include it, in case you wanted to make it for your Halloween party.
*Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Witch’s Fingers*
-Gluten-free pretzel sticks- 1 pkg
-Enjoy Life Baking Chips- 1 pkg
-Sliced Almonds- 1 small pkg
-Vegetable or Coconut oil
To melt chocolate: Mix bag of baking chips and 1-2 tsp. of oil in a microwavable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds.
Stir and microwave for another 20-30 seconds and repeat until chocolate is fully melted.
Dip pretzel sticks into melted chocolate, place an almond slice towards the end and chill for about an hour.
Serve & enjoy!
You may also want to check out this Guide to Dietary-Restriction Friendly Halloween Candy.
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