Classic pigs in blankets

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Everybody loves this traditional Christmas side dish and we've got three tasty twists including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts – you choose!

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:35 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 213
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 5g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 9g
  • salt 1g


  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 16 chipolatas


Twists: Chipolatas & sage

Wash and dry 16 sage leaves. Lay 1 sage leaf on each chipolata before wrapping in bacon. Put 1 tbsp honey in a bowl and brush each bacon-wrapped sausage with a little honey before cooking as per the recipe above. 

Twists: Black pudding-stuffed dates

Instead of sausages, fill 16 pitted dates with 50g black pudding. Wrap the stuffed dates with bacon and secure with a cocktail stick. Brush over 1 tsp wholegrain mustard mixed with 1 tsp brandy before roasting as per the recipe above.

Twists: Bacon-wrapped butternut squash & chestnuts

Instead of sausages, cut 100g peeled butternut squash into 16 chunks and boil for 5 mins, then drain and leave to steam-dry. Halve 8 marrons glacés (or 8 chestnuts if you can’t find them), and place each half on top of a chunk of squash. Wrap each bundle with a piece of bacon, then secure each one together with a cocktail stick before roasting as per the recipe above.


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cut the bacon rashers in half. Wrap a piece of bacon around each of the chipolatas. Place on a baking tray and cook for 30-35 mins until golden.

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