20-minute vegan pigs in blankets – an easy and tasty vegan twist on the traditional trimming, and a perfect pair to vegan Christmas mains.
My vegan pigs in blankets are incredibly straightforward and will go down a treat with your vegan Christmas dinner. They’re also quite versatile, so I’ve provided a few tips below along with different ways you can make them, including a more healthy option if you fancy.
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When making vegan pigs in blankets at home, what are the best vegan sausage and bacon brands to use?
I’ve tried loads of vegan sausages in my time, here are some of my favourite brands:
- Richmond’s Meat-Free
- Meatless Farm
- Linda McCartney
- Marks & Spencer Vegan Chorizo
- Green Cuisine
- Cauldron Foods
Tesco Plant Chef
- Sainsbury’s Plant Pioneer
- Beyond Meat Sausage
As much as I love THIS Isn’t Bacon, their bacon slices are too thick to wrap around vegan sausages. Therefore, I’d advise going for a thin vegan rasher. Some good examples are below:
- Sainsbury’s Plant Pioneer
- Naked Without the Oink Unsmoked Bacon Rashers
- Vegan Cartel Vegan Bacon
- Vbcn vegan bacon (palm oil-free)
Can you make this recipe more healthy or avoid processed foods altogether?
Even though the supermarkets are FULL of vegan alternatives (which is amazing), I wouldn’t advise eating them every day. However, they do provide a straightforward and convenient option for Christmas, which gives you more time to have fun on the day with family.
If you have more time on your hands, you could make your vegan pigs in blankets from scratch ahead of Christmas day. You could make a homemade vegan sausage mix and opt for a vegetable wrap instead of vegan bacon. This would be just as lovely.
Whichever vegetable you choose for the blankets, you use a peeler to create ribbon shavings of it and wrap them around the vegan sausages. Then cook them with your choice of seasoning. Aubergine works well for this. Another example is maple parsnip blankets – you wrap the vegan sausages with parsnip peelings and cook them in the oven with a drizzle of oil and maple syrup.
TOP TIP: Use cocktail sticks to hold your vegan pigs in blankets together while they cook.
Can you buy shop-bought vegan pigs in blankets?
Yes, many supermarkets are selling their own version of vegan pigs in blankets. I’ve listed a few below:
- Marks and Spencers
However, homemade versions are so much more fun, and it’s a straightforward cooking activity for the kids to do too.
This recipe has featured as part of my Instagram IGTV recipe series, Vegan In Lockdown: Christmas Special. You can watch the series over on Instagram – I release a new episode every week on Monday and Wednesday (6 pm BST) in the lead up to Christmas 2020.
I hope you enjoy my vegan pigs in blankets. I’d love it if you could leave me some feedback and a cheeky follow on social.
If you’re already planning your vegan Christmas or need some ideas for a vegan roast dinner, then check out these recipes of mine:
- Beet Bruschetta with Sweet Zest & Peppery Infusions
- ‘MEATY’ Vegan Mushroom Wellington
- Tasty Roasted Veg: Learn How to Make Gorgeous Roasties and Maple Parsnips
- Colourful & Festive Christmas Salad Starter with Maple Tahini Dressing
- Flavoursome Vegan Nut Roast with Balsamic Red Wine Onion Gravy
Much love, G x
- 1 x pack of Meatless Farm Vegan Sausages
- 1 x pack of Sainsbury’s Plant Pioneer Smoky Bacon
- Fresh Rosemary
- Fresh Sage
- Oil spray
- You can either make these in the oven or grill – it depends on what’s best for the vegan meat alternatives you’ve chosen. See their packaging for advised cooking methods. Either way, pre-heat your oven/grill to 180C.
- Line a grill tray with foil, place out your sausages and wrap each with one rasher of vegan smoky bacon. Places a few sprigs of fresh sage and rosemary, then spray them with a little oil.
- Grill them for 10-15minutes, turning half-way through.
- For a nice presentation, serve them in a mini pyramid with a few sprigs of sage and rosemary for décor. EASY!