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Party and lifestyle expert Mary Giuliani knows all good dinner parties start with appetizers. That's why she's sharing three twists on the always popular pigs in a blanket. Each is super tasty and fun and your guests will love them as much as the traditional version! Here, she wraps pieces of store-bought puff pastry around chicken nuggets and Buffalo cheddar cheese and pairs the baked blankets with a blue cheese dressing for dipping. 

Serve them alone or as an assortment with her Carrots in a Blanket and Figs in a Blanket.  

For more recipes you can serve at a dinner party, check out Rach's Beef Steaks with Za'atar Dressing, Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant, Greens with Olive Oil and Lemon and Jacques Torres' Chocolate-Raspberry Phyllo "Fountains"


  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into 12 squares
  • 12 frozen chicken nuggets
  • 12 small pieces of Buffalo cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup melted butter 
  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing, store-bought or homemade


Serves: Makes 12


Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Gently pull a square of puff pastry into a rectangle. Top with a chicken nugget and a piece of Buffalo cheddar at one end. Roll into a blanket, then place on a baking sheet. Make 11 more blankets the same way. 

Brush with melted butter. Bake for 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown. 

Serve with the blue cheese dressing.