Bunnies are adorable, they are soft, their ears are far too big for their little heads, and they hop! Let’s face it, they are cute; that is as long as we are talking about a small furry animal and not the random guy hopping up and down behind me on the street. He’s not cute, he’s just creepy.
I tend to make the appetizers for Easter dinner and leave the heavy lifting for my father in-law. It’s hard to help him as I barley have a free hand (no, I cannot put the Sauvignon Blanc down. And what about my other hand? Well, it’s usually helping me taste test the cheese, a very important job).
Easter to me means carrot cake, Cadbury Creme Eggs and pillowy soft just out of the oven crescent rolls. Therefore, I took this inspiration and created Bunnies in Blankets. They take only a minute to make, are very elegant, and they are just plain yummy at the same time.
The carrots take on a deep and smoky, almost meaty flavor by simply letting them caramelize in the pan with butter, smoked paprika and maple syrup.
Wrap this meaty carrot in a flaky crescent roll and somehow you have not only improved on pigs in a blanket, but made it meatless at the same time.
For such a feat I think you deserve a medal! And no, you can’t have mine; it matches my Easter dress :)
Bunnies in Blankets
24 Baby carrots
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounce can crescent roll dough
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- If wet dry off carrots with paper towels. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the carrots, cook until brown all over and tender, 10 - 12 minutes. While carrots cook mix together the syrup, paprika, and salt in small bowl. When carrots are done add syrup mixture to the pan and cook for 2 - 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
- Roll out crescent dough; separate into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles so that now there are 24 small triangles.
- Place 1 carrot on the wider side of each triangle; roll the carrot towards the point of the dough and place on parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in oven and bake until golden brown, 10-15minutes. Remove immediately from pan and serve hot!
Keep it Simple:
- The maple syrup sometimes pools under the bunnies in blankets while they cook causing them to stick. This is why I recommend a silicone mat or parchment paper. Also removing them immediately off the pan will help them to not stick.
- Piece of a large carrot work just as well as using the baby carrots.