As a kid, I would always look forward to eating pigs in a blanket around the holidays. I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate vegetables into my recipes these days, so in this recipe I use a mustard green filling along with the smoked mini links as a play on the use of the classic mustard application. The addition of black mustard seeds give a beautiful texture and flavor to elevate this fun holiday classic.
For the pigs and mustard greens: In a large pot of boiling salted water, blanch the mustard greens for about 1 minute. Remove the greens from the pot by pouring the contents into a colander. Then plunge the greens into an ice water bath. Pull the greens out of the ice water, squeeze the excess water from the greens by placing them in a clean, dry cloth and applying pressure. Once most of the water has been drained, give them a rough chop and set aside.
Heat the butter and oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and jalapeno. Sprinkle in 2 teaspoons kosher salt and sweat over low heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the mustard greens to the pan, turn up the heat to high and stir to fully combine. Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon kosher salt, the cornmeal, cayenne pepper or red chile flakes, mustard and mayonnaise. Let the mixture cool in the bowl over an ice bath, rotating the bowl until cool, about 5 minutes.
To assemble, place 2 teaspoons of the mustard greens mixture onto the widest part of a crescent dough triangle. Place a smoked link on top of the mustard greens. Tuck in the sides of the roll over the smoked link and roll away from you, towards the tip of the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough and links. Brush all the tops with melted butter, sprinkle with mustard seeds and smoked sea salt and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating halfway through.
For the chive Dijonaise: Whisk the mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish, kosher salt and chives in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Plate the pigs in a blanket and serve with the chive Dijonaise.
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