Buttermilk pancakes wrapped around sausage and bacon; enjoy this Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

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What’s your tradition for breakfast on Christmas morning? We’ve been all over the map over the years–from breakfast casseroles to boards. This year?

Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket

We’re going to enjoy good-old-fashioned Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket. I love this recipe, because the sausage links are wrapped in bacon. But wait … here’s a fun idea, too: Serve a Waffle Tree Sammie Board.

plates of pancakes and sausage with bacon

Pigs in a Blanket with buttermilk pancake ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking soda + baking powder + salt
  • Eggs + buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Pork sausage links
  • Bacon

pancake rolled around a sausage

Better yet, serve this recipe on a board (coming up soon!) You can also try these breakfast recipes:

English Muffin Breakfast Board

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Epic Christmas Cinnamon Roll Board

Holiday Quiche Wreath Breakfast Board

bacon rolled around sausage

What is the original Pigs in a Blanket recipe?

In the USA, the term “pigs in a blanket” typically refers to hot dogs in croissant dough. The name originates from the 1957 book “Cooking for Kids” by Betty Crocker, is what I recently found out. You can also use Vienna sausages, cocktail or breakfast/link sausages baked inside biscuit dough, crescent roll dough, or even puff pastry. They are usually served with mustard or aioli.

Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket recipe

The British version consists of sausages wrapped in bacon, and they are traditionally served at the Christmas lunch or on Britain’s Boxing Day. And then there is this type, that is served for breakfast with maple syrup, jam, and all your favorite toppings!

Toppings for Pigs in a Blanket Breakfast

  • Maple syrup
  • Butter
  • Fresh berries (blueberries and raspberries)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Homemade Blueberry Syrup (always yummy to make your own!)

griddle of buttermilk pancakes

Can you make Pigs in a Blanket ahead of time?

Yes, you can refrigerate or freeze them ahead. When refrigerating, it’s best not to make them more than two hours before baking. For best results, assemble your pigs and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Then cover them tightly with plastic wrap.

Make sure your pancakes are golden brown! :)

buttermilk pancakes

Too much tradition?

Speaking of traditions, I read this from my friend Tsh in her newsletter the other day:

We unpack the sacramentality of leaning into even our smallest of family traditions — they remind us we’re not alone, life is bigger than we are, and that we’re time-bound creatures made with a need for routine and rhythm. They’re anchors for our souls, especially when life is less than ideal. –Tsh Oxenreider

sunset on Smith Rock, OR

I’ve always felt that traditions are good, but they can also be a heavy burden. I learned as a young mom to ask my family what they wanted to do, and if they liked a “certain way” we were doing something. And to listen. It’s okay to change the traditions you grew up with, and make new ones. It’s also very fun to incorporate a mix and change it up each year.

So we like to change it up every year for meals!

[Above photo, my daughter captured this photos … on top of Smith Rock, in Bend, OR, a few weeks ago at sunset.]

bite of pigs in a blanket

I never want to be in a rut for the holidays, so I’m open to new ways, and recipes!

You, too?


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Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 16 pork sausage links, cooked
  • 16 pieces of bacon, cooked


  • Maple syrup
  • Butter
  • Fresh berries, blueberries and raspberries
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add in the eggs, buttermilk and oil and set aside.
  • Cook the sausage and bacon, and remove to a plate with paper towels to absorb the grease. Twist one piece of bacon around each sausage and set aside.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measurer, fill with batter and pour onto a lightly greased hot griddle. When bubbles form on top of pancakes, flip the pancake over. Cook until the second side is golden brown. You can cook all the pancakes and set aside.
  • Roll each pancake around each bacon/sausage link. Place on a large plate. Repeat the process until all the pancakes are used, and you have a stack of Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket.
  • Dust the stack with powdered sugar and add a few berries on top.
  • Serve with butter and warm maple syrup!
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
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Buttermilk Pancake Pigs in a Blanket