Easy to cook: Veggie Pigs in a Blanket Recipe (with Haloumi)

Veggie Pigs In A Blanket

Source: Tesco

Pigs in a Blanket. Whether it is for a black-tie event or a casual get-together, this famous hors d’oeuvres is a party staple. We really cannot get enough of them, and who says Vegans cannot enjoy them too, especially when they are super easy to make.

You can put a spin on this classic with our recipe for vegan pigs in a blanket. This plant-based alternative is just as sumptuous as its meat-derived version, and anyone from Vegans to flexitarians and even meat-eaters can enjoy this savoury snack. 

All you need to get started with this recipe is some halloumi, smoked paprika, and aubergine/eggplant or courgette/zucchini. You can go ahead and fine-tune this recipe however you like and add your preferred spices but generally, you are going to need.

Pigs In A Blanket Ingredients

  • 1 pack halloumi (7oz / 200g)
  • 1 courgette (zucchini)
  • 1 aubergine (eggplant)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • Basil leaves

Halloumi will serve as the pig, and slices of aubergine or courgette will serve as the blanket.

Directions for Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

Total Time: 25 minutes

 Servings: 2 

 Calories: 396kcal

  1. Warm up your oven at 200°C/390°F.
  2. Peel off the skin of the courgette and aubergine. The skin of the aubergine may not come off so easily. So you can try using a knife to make vertical slices.
  3. Carefully lay the slices of the vegetables on a lined baking tray and let it bake for 10 minutes until you feel it’s soft.
  4. Take out the baking tray and let the veg slices cool down. During this time, start cutting the halloumi to your preferred size. We recommend wide and thick.
  5. Now, take the slices of halloumi and wrap the vegetable slices around them – a slab of courgette or aubergine each.
  6. Put them back on the tray and sprinkle some salt, pepper and smoked paprika, and other seasonings of your choice.
  7. Put back into the oven and let it sit in there for 10-15 minutes until the halloumi starts to get brown. Then finely chop the basil leaves.
  8. Add the measured lemon juice and basil leaves during the last five minutes of cooking.
  9. Serve and enjoy your delicious pigs in a blanket!

Aubergine or Courgette?

Not sure if you are team Aubergine or team Courgette?

The good news is any of these two will work perfectly as your blanket. It all comes down to personal preference and what is readily available at your local grocery store. You should note that courgette is much easier to slice, and you can use a cheese slicer or a potato peeler. Aubergine, on the other hand, has tougher skin and so you need a knife. Both are very healthy choices, and you can even use both for added variety.

What should I serve these with?

You can serve your Vegan Pigs in a blanket with dips. When it comes to dips, nothing beats a spicy vegan honey mustard. You can also try other dip options like ketchup, honey, or even jelly. No matter what dip you choose, it is hard to ruine these veggie pigs in a blanket.

5 Stores to get Vegan Pigs in Blankets

1. Sainsbury

Sainsbury offers lots of vegan options, and one of them is the vegan pigs in a blanket. It is made with mushroom sausages covered in vegan bacon. So if you are in a rush, this can be a great option for veggie pigs in a blanket.

2. Marks & Spencer

Although Marks & Spencer’s vegan alternative to pigs in a blanket includes pastry, it is still strictly vegan. Their version includes a plant-derived cocktail sausage wrapped in pastry. They call this creation of theirs: No Pigs in Duvets. But who are we kidding, despite a fun new name, these are an exact match for vegetarian pigs in blankets.

3. Vbites

VBites is a vegan brand that sells meatless sausage and bacon that you can use to make your veggie pig in a blanket at home. They also sell other vegan meals like meatless celebration roast that customarily comes with vegan pigs in blankets.

4. Morrison's

Morrisons also has a line of plant-based pigs in blankets. Their version is made with jackfruit and chickpeas enclosed in pastry.

5. Waitrose

Waitrose vegan pigs in a blanket is offered as part of their Christmas dinner range. It is made with mushrooms, pea flour, onions, roasted onion, sausages wrapped in plenty of vegan bacon. This is the perfect savoury, and a bit extra indulgent, store bought vegetarian pigs in blankets.