Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the worlds only daily column chronicling pigs in a blanket.You know: wiener winks, mummy dogs or kolaches if you want to sound cultured.The general idea is you wrap a little piece of sausage in dough, maybe with a bit of cheddar or jalapeo. Bake it for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit and the result is savory. The concept was born in Germany as Sausage in a Nightgown, which probably sounds less odd in its native tongue. It is not to be confused with Toad in the Hole, an English recipe involving sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter, according to Wikipedia. The English have embraced pigs in a blanket, but with a tidy cholesterol boost: They wrap the sausage in bacon. Its considered an essential component to Christmas dinners. In the United States, pigs in a blanket can be found at many doughnut shops and supermarkets. Theyre frequently served as Little Smokies wrapped in biscuit dough. It would appear the next step in their evolution came when the International House of Pancakes used pancakes to wrap the sausages, topping them off with butter balls. The creative adaptation is no surprise, coming from the restaurant that invented the Funny face pancake which we believe tastes better with a scowl.To be frank (so to speak), this blurb on wrapped sausage originated in our icebox.Weve lately been getting our fill from a microwaveable rendition of the tubular treat courtesy of Jimmy Dean, master of sausages. Its an unprecedented combination of breakfast sausage wrapped in a chocolate-chip pancake on a stick. Its beyond words. A breakfast corn dog? Pigs in a blanket, impaled? Extreme choco-sausage dart?Rather, they call it something any Joe Six-Pack can swallow: Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick: Chocolate Chip.Theyve cut the preparation time down to 60 seconds, if frozen.My friends, youve now been schooled in the latest development of a legacy born in Germany, borrowed in Britain and, well, Americanized for expedience and sweetness in the New World. Enjoy it. ***Its Thursday and were searching through archives, aisles and almanacs to discover our place in history.
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