Pigs in blankets are a MUST at Christmas dinner and I, for one, cannot get enough of them. This version uses pancetta instead of bacon, which is cured in a slightly different way and is a little more fatty. You can easily use streaky bacon if your prefer, of course.

I’ve swapped the date nectar from the original recipe for honey as it is easier to find and it’s a suitable alternative.

Sticky pigs in blankets


Serves 6-8 | Prepare 10 mins | Cook 35 mins
Easy | Dairy-free

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp honey;
  • 1 tbsp English mustard;
  • 18 cocktail sausages, separated;
  • 9 slices pancetta, halved.

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Mix the date nectar and mustard in a large bowl and season. Toss the sausages in the bowl to coat in the mixture. Wrap each sausage in ½ a piece of pancetta, then place on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden and sticky.

Waitrose magazine, issue December 2016.

Get ahead: Prepare the sausages up to 1 day in advance and bake them when required.