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The kind of Pigs in the Blanket I grew up on. Great to serve with soup. We always had these for lunch at Grandma’s for “special” meals together. You can eat these as a small meal on their own as well, with ketchup and mustard to dip them in. That’s the way a lot of people like ‘em!
Dough: Sift dry ingredients together. Cut shortening into flour mixture. Mix beaten egg and milk (total 3/4 cup liquid); add to first mixture. On a floured surface, blend and knead dough 8 to 10 times. Divide dough into 2 parts and roll each half to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a medium-sized cookie cutter to cut 15 rounds of dough from each half. You can cut the dough into 3-inch wide, and 2-inch long strips if desired.
Filling: Blend all ingredients together. Shape 30 small rolls of meat (like link sausages).
Assembly: Place 1 roll of filling in each pastry round or strip; fold pastry over the filling and seal edges. Place on baking sheets with raised edges. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Place brown paper (paper bag) on pan to help soak up the extra grease if desired. Baking temperature and time is important in order to cook the meat thoroughly. Serve hot.
Note: if convenient, these can be made ahead of time; refrigerate or freeze ( if from frozen, bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, and then 350 degrees for 45 minutes); before serving. They are a special treat at the “Coffee Table.”
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