I liked to say this is a heart attack on a plate, but who cares? It is completely random that I made these for dinner one night, but I had to try it. These little piggies would definitely be a crowd pleaser and I suggest serving them to more than just two people. If you don't, you'll get quite the stomach ache.
Gourmet Pigs in a Blanket
2 lbs (about 60) mini hots dogs
Cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces, optional
1 large egg
Flour, for working with pastry dough
1 box of puff pastry, or two sheets of homemade puff pastry, thawed
poppy seeds or sesame seeds, optional
1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
2. Slice all hot dogs about 3/4 of the way length-wise and put a small piece of cheese inside the hot dog. If you're not using the cheese, just poke the hot dogs a couple time with a fork.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll one sheet of puff pastry at a time into a 11x14 inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into 7 1 1/2 strips, then cut each strip into 4 rectangles, each about 3 inches long.
4. In a small bowl, beat together the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mat (I am out of parchment so I just sprayed my sheets with some baking spray). Wrap each hot dog with a piece of the puff pastry. Using a pastry brush, brush the top with the egg wash and then sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Chill the baking sheet of hot dogs in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.