Aunt Doll’s Healthy Pigs-in-the-Blanket


In certain circles, my grandmother went by “Aunt Doll.” I always longed to call her Doll instead of Gram, but it didn’t feel right (with her being my gram and all). Aunt Doll is quite the woman – and known for many things. Large plates of Christmas Cookies. Cards on every occasion (sometimes with a $5 spot inside). But most importantly, Doll is known for her cabbage rolls, a.k.a. “pigs in the blanket.”

Tonight I channeled my inner doll and sought out to make a slightly-healthier version of her cabbage rolls. We have mounds of swiss chard in the garden, and I just received a delivery of ground beef from my grandparents’ farm. The herb garden is being severely neglected. No better time than the present to make my first-ever-batch of pigs-in-the-blanket, this time with a more locally-grown twist.

When I was young, I had no taste whatsoever for cabbage rolls. I turned my nose up at cabbage. Then, for a while, tomato sauce wrecked my existence (and still does, on slight occasion). But with age has come wisdom, and I’m excited to share that I thoroughly enjoyed my first batch in the privacy of my very own backyard.

So no, Aunt Doll didn’t make these. And this isn’t even her recipe. But she deserves the credit/namesake. That woman always made these look like a breeze. Try them for yourself, when you have time. You won’t be disappointed.

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4 Comments on “Aunt Doll’s Healthy Pigs-in-the-Blanket”

  1. August 9, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    These look delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy Swiss chard.

  2. August 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    That looks amazing! My mom used to make something similar when I was a kid! I bet I could totally make it vegan now!

  3. August 10, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Ahh, that’s such a western Pennsylvania classic! I love it!!

  4. August 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m SO making these. Mmmmmm…And they look even more delicious w/ the Swiss chard (as opposed to boring cabbage).

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