I always loved planning birthday parties for my son. When he was younger, he'd choose a theme -- building, cars, Legos -- and we'd plan food and games to go with the theme. Although the theme changed every year, one thing remained the same. He always wanted Little Corn Dogs, also known as pigs in a blanket, on the menu.
You can buy pigs in a blanket in the freezer section at the grocery, but if you have the time they're easy to make. All you need is canned dough and cocktail wieners. Most recipes use a can of crescent rolls. The recipe I liked and made for years used a can of cornbread twists instead. Unfortunately, cornbread twists are no longer on the market. All is not lost, though, because you can recreate the taste and texture with only one additional ingredient.
I don't care for pigs in a blanket made with crescent rolls so I substitute a can of breadsticks. After I take the breadsticks out of the can, I coat both sides with the secret ingredient: cornmeal. The cornmeal is what gives the finished product a wonderful texture.
Little Corn Dogs