Cinnamon Roll Pigs in a Blanket Dunkers [+ Video]

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Cinnamon Roll Pigs in a Blanket Dunkers [+ Video]

a photo of several pigs in a blanket made of cinnamon rolls wrapped around sausage link topped with a vanilla glaze.

Oh, mama! We made this cinnamon roll pigs in a blanket recipe for breakfast the other day and it’s our new go to breakfast!

For this recipe we wrap a cinnamon roll around a sausage link to make the most delicious sausage dunkers. We will teach you how to make a maple butter sauce for dipping them in too. The combination of sweet and savory in a breakfast recipe is totally my jam! Remember our cinnamon bread bacon stuffing at Thanksgiving?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Italian Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.

What are Pigs in a Blanket?

Pigs in a blanket are an appetizer or breakfast food consisting of small sausages wrapped in pastry.

I think everyone has heard of “pigs in a blanket” right? I certainly have and then when Cade and I were talking about what to do for our next post with Johnsonville, we knew we wanted to make a kid friendly Christmas breakfast recipe and I suddenly realized I don’t know anything. Then I said, what about our own version of pigs in a blanket, you know with the pancakes.

And Cade informed me that most pigs in a blanket recipes are actually hot dogs or franks in crescent dough or puff pastry. What?! All these years and I didn’t know! Well, this is still our breakfast take, cinnamon roll pigs in a blanket dunkers with a maple butter sauce.

That’s right, maple butter sauce. Cinnamon Rolls. And of course, breakfast sausage links.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Roll Pigs in a Blanket

For the sausage dunkers, all you need is 2 ingredients! So simple! For the maple butter sauce, you’ll need just a handful of ingredients, most of which you’ll have already at home. Here is what you will need:

  • Grands Cinnamon Rolls
  • Johnsonville Turkey Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage: we chose to use precooked sausages to save on time but you can cook your own sausage if you prefer

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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Without any added sugars at all, these Whipped Sweet Potatoes are one of the best sweet potato dishes I have ever tasted. Fluffy, creamy, sweet, and fragrant with vanilla, these whipped sweet potatoes are so good, you just might find yourself choosing a second helping for dessert in lieu of pie.

I know. It sounds made up. Someone would choose a ladle full of sweet potatoes over a slice of pie? With these whipped sweet potatoes, it actually happens. These creamy, fluffy sweet potatoes are far more than your run-of-the-mill mashed potatoes.

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes

In this recipe, the sweet potatoes are roasted until they are bursting with rich flavor. The color is intense and the flavor is almost indescribable.

The roasting step makes such a difference to the final flavor compared with boiling or steaming the spuds. That time in the oven brings out a robust flavor that pairs well with the fragrant vanilla whipped in.

Vanilla Whipped Sweet Potatoes

The addition of vanilla provides a delicious undertone to this sweet potato side dish. Then, a generous helping of butter and real cream take these whipped sweet potatoes to a level I can only compare with a warm mousse.

What makes these potatoes whipped? Instead of mashing the roasted sweet potatoes by hand, I used a food processor to combine the ingredients and achieve that fluffy, mousse-like texture. 

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Instant Pot)

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Instant Pot)

a photo of a large serving bowl full of creamy mashed potatoes topped with a pat of melting butter and sprinkled with parsley.

Buttery creamy mashed potatoes all done in 30 minutes in the Instant Pot! This is the best mashed potatoes recipe for Thanksgiving!

Yes, we have the perfect mashed potato recipe already posted on the blog, but I love that this recipe can all be done in the Instant Pot freeing up the stove top for other things (hello No Fuss Stuffing!). And the flavor of Yukon gold potatoes just can’t be beat!

Use your Instant Pot for these delicious mashed potatoes your entire family will enjoy. This step-by-step recipe will help you get the perfect consistency and taste.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

You only need 5 ingredients to make these perfect mashed potatoes. Here is what you will need:

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: You will need about 8 potatoes (or 4-5 large).
    • PRO TIP: You can also use Russet potatoes if desired, but the taste of Yukon gold is unbeatable.
  • Salt: Adds flavor
  • Cream Cheese: Use full fat, no low fat or fat free.
  • Whole Milk: Cream can also be used.
  • Butter: Adds flavor and richness

The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post.

How to Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot. It’s easy peasy!

  1. Set the cream cheese out to come to room temperature.
  2. Melt the butter on the stove top or in the microwave.
  3. Peel and quarter the potatoes.
  4. Add the potatoes to the Instant Pot and add enough water to cover them. Add the salt.
  5. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and seal it. Set to manual high heat and pressure cook for 8 minutes.
  6. Measure the milk in a glass measuring cup and warm the milk in the microwave.
  7. When the potatoes are done, quick release the IP and drain the potatoes. Leave the potatoes in the pot and let them steam dry for a few minutes.
  8. Smash the potatoes with a potato masher or ricer. Then add the butter and stir, and then add the cream cheese and warmed milk.
  9. Season to taste.

The complete instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post. Keep scrolling for all the details!

Best Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

The best potatoes for mashing are the starchy potatoes – Yukon gold, Russet or Idaho. They have a fluffy texture that breaks down easily while mashing.


If you want to add additional flavors to the

Herb Mashed Potatoes

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Rich with butter and cream, aromatic, and seasoned very simply with salt, pepper, and thyme, these herb mashed potatoes are simply delicious. Mashed potatoes are always a hit with my family, but these are a step above the average.

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Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

As much as we love mashed potatoes, I do not enjoy peeling potatoes. To avoid peeling potatoes, I use Yukon or golden potatoes in most of our mashed potatoes. The skins are so thin you can leave them on.

Rich, fluffy mashed potatoes with soft potato pieces and skins that melt into the creaminess are what you will get with this recipe. Yes, skin-on mashed potatoes can still be fluffy.

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I’m a great big fan of rustic mashed potatoes. Why do I call them rustic? Because they aren’t supposed to be perfectly smooth, there should be some texture and it shouldn’t be fussy at all.

Mashed potatoes used to intimidate me, but I’m happy to tell you that there is nothing to worry about when making mashed potatoes. Just drain the potatoes and place them back in the pot over very low heat to make sure that any liquid or steam is released while you’re mashing them.

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Roasted Pear & Apple Salad with Caramelized Shallot Maple Vinaigrette

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Roasted Pear & Apple Salad with Caramelized Shallot Maple Vinaigrette

a photo of a large serving plate full of mixed greens topped with roasted pears and apples, crumbled prosciutto, golden raisins, pepitas and gorgonzola cheese.

We love to make this roasted pear and apple salad in the fall with all the freshly harvested apples and pears!

It is topped with prosciutto, cinnamon pecans, pepitas, gorgonzola and raisins then tossed with the most stunning caramelized shallot maple vinaigrette


Ingredients for Roasted Apple Salad

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this salad recipe:

  • Prosciutto – adds crunch and smoky delicious flavor
  • Honeycrisp Apples (or Jonagold) – these apples hold up great to roasting and the flavor is the best
  • Bartlett Pear (or Bosc) – become so flavorful and delicious when roasting
  • Cinnamon Pecans (or Hazelnuts) – You can buy these at the store or make them on your own. See section below for how to make them at home.
  • Olive Oil – helps keep the apples and pears from sticking to the pan
  • Black Pepper – adds flavor
  • Mixed Greens with Arugula – If your container of mixed greens doesn’t include arugula then buy some arugula and add it. Arugula just shines in this salad!!
  • Gorgonzola – We love gorgonzola but it is easily substituted with any cheese you love. Try smoked cheddar, gouda, goat cheese, manchego, gruyere, etc.
  • Pepitas – adds a yummy little crunch and nutty flavor
  • Golden Raisins – can be replaced with regular raisins, craisins or pomegranate seeds


This recipe was inspired by a Taste of Home recipe I was reading. It just sounded so good and it was fabulous on this salad! Here is what you will need:

  • Shallots – have a mild onion flavor and caramelize quickly
  • Kosher Salt – adds a touch of flavor to the shallots as they caramelize
  • Maple Syrup – use the real stuff!
  • White Balsamic Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar) – you gotta have vinegar for a vinaigrette, both these options are sweet and tangy
  • Olive Oil – the base of the vinaigrette
The measurements for each ingredient in the salad and in the homemade dressing are listed in the recipe card at the end of this post.

What Apples are Best for Salads?

I am forever loyal to honeycrisp apples! Jonagold will also work great. If you can’t find those or if they are too expensive (they can get quite pricey), then go with gala, granny smith, or Braeburn.

How to Roast Apples and Pears

Roasting apples and pears is so easy! You will want to slice them pretty thin, cutting the pears a little thicker than the apples. Then lay them on a baking sheet that has been drizzled with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Make sure all the slices are in a single layer. Place them in a preheated oven (425 degrees) and let them roast for 10 minutes. Then flip them all over and roast them for about 5 more minutes or until they are golden.

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