Christmas is edging closer which means we’re entering the season of pigs in blankets- as much as we like the turkey, you can’t deny that pigs in blankets are the stars of the Christmas dinner show. And to get us in the mood for the festive season, one Bristol restaurant is taking our favourite trimming of the Christmas roast to create an unbelievable food and drink menu. Yes, that’s right, a menu dedicated to all things pigs in blankets. PIB, for short.
Pigsty, The Jolly Hog’s Bristol-based restaurant, is going the whole hog by paying homage to the bacon-wrapped sausage with a limited edition menu and it’s anything but boaring, since it features sweet and savoury Christmas classics with a porky twist. Expect to pig-out on scrumptious starters and meaty mains, such as ‘PIB Cocktail’, a take on the prawn and Thousand Island dressed dish, ‘Mince PIB Pies’, a throwback to the original recipe served in the early Middle Ages, and ‘Festive Fondue’, a baked camembert served with piles of pigs in blankets for dipping.
For those who plan to enjoy the festive feast with friends and family, the chefs at Pigsty have also created a shareable, showstopping ‘Christmas Dinner Trifle’ – containing layers of creamy mash, cranberry-soaked brioche and of course the star ingredient, pigs in blankets! Those who have a sweet tooth will be as happy as a pig in muck once they feast their eyes on the weird and wonderful dessert options up for grabs, from ‘PIBfiteroles’ bursting with bacon jam, to warm candy bacon and apple ‘Hognuts’ topped with a miniature version of the bacon and sausage side.
Other dishes dedicated to the boujee banger include ‘Hogs in a Hole’, mini Yorkshire puddings with PIBS and onion gravy, ‘PIB rolls’, an upgraded sausage roll with cider apple sauce and wrapped in bacon not pastry, and ‘PIB Pole’, a PIB skewer with a honey and sriracha glaze. The Jolly Hog’s pigs in blankets have also been transformed to be the star ingredient in popular dishes from other countries, such as ‘PIB sushi’, roast parsnip and carrot wrapped in sausage meat and rolled in bacon, ‘PIBtata bravas’, crispy potatoes with PIBs and salsa brava with a drizzle of garlic mayonnaise and ‘PIBiflette’, roast potatoes, PIBs and a cheese sauce.
And to wash it all down, attendees can sip on bacon-spiked cocktails garnished with… you guessed it, more pigs in blankets! Made by the Pigsty’s in-house meatologist team, the restaurant will serve twists on cocktails usually favoured on Christmas morning, such as ‘Bucks PIBzz’, ‘PIBtini’ and the ‘Bloody Percy’.
However, those who want to try the limited-edition pigs in blankets menu will have to be quick. The pop-up will be open for just three days in December, opening its doors on Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th (also National Pigs in Blankets Day).
Olly Kohn from The Jolly Hog said, “We love hearing how much our customers love our pigs in blankets, and we thought it was high time these porky treats get the attention they deserve in the run up to Christmas. Something so delicious shouldn’t be relegated to the side of a plate of turkey and sprouts.”
The Jolly Hog sells award-winning, British outdoor bred, RSPCA assured sausages and bacon – including their extremely popular pigs in blankets – at supermarkets all over the UK. The independent company was started by three meat-mad brothers in their home town of Bristol with the aim to make only the best meaty delights.
Pigsty, 1-2 Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE