Pigs in a Blanket with Cheese and Parmesan Ranch Butter

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Pigs in a Blanket with Cheese and Parmesan Ranch Butter will be all the rage at your next party. This Crescent Roll Recipe is easy, fun, and oh so delicious. These Lil’ Smokies wrapped in sharp cheddar, crescent roll dough, and brushed with parmesan ranch butter are sure to be a hit.

pigs in a blanket with cheese and ranch on a baking sheet

The best Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

Lil Smokies with Cheese and Ranch Parmesan Butter is a creative twist on a classic party appetizer recipe. Crescent rolls stuffed with sausages are so fun and tasty.

This is the perfect grad party appetizer. Can you believe graduation and graduation parties are upon us? How is it summer already? This year has flown by! It’s wild to me that before we know it, autumn will be here and school will be starting again….but let’s not jump to that yet.

Today we celebrate those who are graduating. From high school, college, heck even my niece who just graduated from daycare and is headed to Kindergarten this Fall (another WOW moment). She wanted to learn how to make this recipe with cheese, so of course I obliged. Little chef in the making, if I do say so myself!

We used lil’ smokies and crescent rolls to make this easy homemade recipe. It’s definitely a hit at parties!

Everyone has a reason to celebrate, and this appetizer is the perfect snack to bring to the parties.

pigs in a blanket dipped in ranch

cheesy pigs in a blanket process shots

Pigs in a Blanket with CHEESE

Classic Pigs in a Blanket are great, but this recipe with CHEESE and Ranch Parmesan Butter is AMAZING!

This Summer I’m having so much fun creating some cheesy recipes! You might remember my Crab Artichoke Bread Bowls or Cheesy Baked Breakfast Sliders, two other favorites perfect for a crowd.

I can’t get enough Sharp Cheddar Slices and they were just perfect in this cheesy recipe. Just the right amount of creamy zip to bring to the party. YUM! I love a bit of cheese anywhere I can find it, and this fun appetizer recipe is no different.

We LOVE appetizers around here and this is one of our favorites. Other faves include:

pig in a blanket in a basket with ranch dipping sauce

overhead shot of pigs in a blanket with cheese dipped in ranch dipping sauce

Why do you call them Pigs in a Blanket?

Traditionally, this recipe has little smokies, hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in some sort of pastry, such as crescent dough, biscuit dough, or pancake mix. So they are pigs (pork) wrapped in a blanket of dough, hence the cute name!

These have been a party and potluck favorite for generations, I’ve just updated it a bit by adding cheese to these, and then smothering them in ranch parmesan butter. Amazing, right?

Top tips for making this recipe

I used to be so nervous about big get togethers (such as graduation parties) when potluck food was involved. WHAT WOULD I BRING?! This food journey has been so fun, but most of all it has shown me there are so many simple and delicious recipes out there that anyone can make (and EVERYONE will love).

These Cheesy Lil’ Smokies pigs in a blanket are a perfect example. These are too easy not to try! (And that parmesan ranch butter…OMG).

Tips for the perfect appetizer:

  1. Roll out and separate the crescent roll dough, then cut the triangles in half to make them even smaller.
  2. Place a square of cheese and a lil’ smokey on a triangle of dough, roll it up, and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat until they’re all assembled.
  3. Mix melted butter, ranch seasoning, and parmesan in a bowl, then brush the mixture onto each one.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes at 425°F.

That’s all there is to it. Don’t forget to bring some ranch for dipping!

up close picture of pigs in a blanket dipping in ranch

dipping cheesy pigs in a blanket in ranch sauce

Favorite Appetizers

Pigs in a Blanket with Cheese are the ultimate party appetizer. Be sure to check out all of our game day recipes, New Year’s Eve appetizers, and dip recipes. We have a lot to choose from! We have something for everyone. Wash down all those starters with the perfect drink and you’re really in business.

I just love how this combination of cheese, lil smokies, and crescent rolls are like little bites of heaven. You’ll have to make it to believe it. Don’t forget to make that legendary Parmesan Ranch Butter!

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