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Chicks in a Sleeping Bag with Crispy Salad

by Laura

Today’s recipe is a fun twist on the usual “pigs in a blanket”.  It’s a recipe I found in Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! cookbook.  It’s a cookbook full of family food.  I loved the idea of using chicken sausage and wrapping it in puff pastry dough.  Such a great variation of the “pig in a blanket”.  I did adapt the recipe slightly.  I also couldn’t find the chicken sausages at my store so I went with regular sausages.  Of course, the week after I made these, my local grocer was giving out samples of the new chicken sausages they were starting to carry. Oh well.  I’ll have to make em again with the chicken sausage.
Another bonus with this recipe is it also makes a salad to serve along side the chicks.  You make a dressing using some of the dipping sauce ingredients for the chicks and serve it over a quick 4 ingredient salad.  I added the green onion.  This recipe is an great all in one meal.  I must say the family absolutely loved the dipping sauce for the chicks.  This meal really was YUM-O!

Chicks in a Sleeping Bag with Crispy Salad

  • 1/2 cup apricot all fruit spread
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar – cider, rice wine or white wine
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon or yellow mustard – (I used honey Dijon)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry dough, such as Pepperidge Farm brand
  • 4 pre-cooked chicken sausages (1 package), any flavor, available in the packaged meats case near the keilbasa and hot dogs (I used polish sausages)
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 can Mandarin orange segments (6 ounces), drained
  • 1/4 English (seedless) cucumber, sliced
  • 1-2 green onions, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the apricot preserves and honey. Pour 1/3 of the apricot mixture into the bottom of a salad bowl. Whisk in the soy sauce and vinegar, then stream in the oil for your salad dressing. Stir the mustard into the remaining apricot-honey base for the chicks in blankets and dipping sauce.
  3. Cut the pastry into four rectangles. Then roll up the sausages in the blankets and pinch at the seam to keep the chicks in their sleeping bags. Brush the tops of the sleeping bags with a dab of the mustard for gloss and color, sprinkle with seeds, if using, and arrange on a nonstick baking sheet.
  4. Bake according to the puff pastry package directions, or until golden brown all over, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. While the chicks are in the oven, add lettuce, mandarin oranges, cucumber, and green onion to the salad bowl. Toss with the reserved dressing and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove the chicks from the oven, place on plates and pass the sauce for topping or dipping. Pile up the salad alongside chicks in sleeping bag.

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Jen June 5, 2010 - 8:16 am

I do this with chicken hot dogs and crescent rolls for a lazy and cheap meal =]. I need to try this version.

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Jen June 5, 2010 - 8:16 am

I do this with chicken hot dogs and crescent rolls for a lazy and cheap meal =]. I need to try this version.

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Cindi June 4, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Like Kristi, I was going to tell you about the Chicken Sausages with Apple at Costco (great minds think alike!) but she beat me to it! I have tried them and they are very good! I’m going to use the ones I have in the freezer and try this recipe.

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Cindi June 4, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Like Kristi, I was going to tell you about the Chicken Sausages with Apple at Costco (great minds think alike!) but she beat me to it! I have tried them and they are very good! I’m going to use the ones I have in the freezer and try this recipe.

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Julie June 4, 2010 - 10:46 am

These look so yummy. I’m sure my kids would love them.

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Julie June 4, 2010 - 10:46 am

These look so yummy. I’m sure my kids would love them.

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Kristi Rimkus June 4, 2010 - 8:01 am

Costco sells a variety of chicken sausages. One is an apple version that would be great with this puff pastry. The whole dish looks fantastic!

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Kristi Rimkus June 4, 2010 - 8:01 am

Costco sells a variety of chicken sausages. One is an apple version that would be great with this puff pastry. The whole dish looks fantastic!

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