Recipe: Grain-Free Party Franks

grain-free pigs in blanket, grain-free hot dogs

What’s a party without little pigs in the blanket? If you are grain-free or gluten-free that can be a problem as all the mixes and frozen selections have conventional wheat buns. Not to mention the nitrates, food colorings and other additives in the store bought piggies. Here is an easy fix. Use your best franks that are from pastured beef or pork (without any nitrates or additives) and make your own grain-free buns! I’ll tell you how.

Grain-Free Party Franks



Cook the franks in a pot of simmering water for 8 minutes or until just splitting and put aside to cool
Separate the eggs and put the yolks in the food processor
Beat the whites and put them aside
Add the ghee and applesauce to the yolks and process
Add the coconut flour, salt and baking soda and process
The batter should be somewhat stiff as the whites will fluff it up
Remove to a mixing bowl and fold in the whites
Cut the cooked franks into bite size pieces along the vertical
On a cookie sheet line up the franks
Drop about a teaspoon of batter onto the frank and try to leave the ends sticking out
Continue with this until all the batter is gone
Try to bring the batter up around the sides
It will be sticky and difficult to do and will not be smooth like the store bought ones, but hey these are homemade!
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until the buns are browned
Remove and cool
Plate and serve with toothpicks and mustard on the side

These went very quickly even with the grain eating crowd!

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  • NourishedYear December 12, 2011, 2:23 am

    Applegate farms makes grass fed hot dogs that are pretty good! I’ll have to try the recipe 🙂

    • Jill December 12, 2011, 2:50 am

      Hi Nourished Year,
      Thanks for sharing that! I’ll have to look for them. I get mine from US Wellness online. They are also sugar-free and nitrate-free.

  • Hannah December 13, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Oooh, thank you for sharing this! I am on a Grain-free “diet” so this is an awesome Tasty Tuesday find! I am excited to check out the rest of your blog 🙂

  • Linda Etherton December 14, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I love that homemade imperfect look.  This is the time of year when people need appetizer recipes, and I don’t have many myself.  Thanks for sharing this grain free recipe with us, Jill.

  • Raj @ Flip Cookbook December 14, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Perfect party dish! I especially love how you’ve linked up some of your “how tos”. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Lilsuburbanhomestead December 14, 2011, 10:16 pm

    I shared these with my girlfriend who is currently eating grain free!  By the way they look delicious I am not eating grain free and I would certainly devour them!

  • Steph J. December 15, 2011, 8:44 pm

    These look delicious. Love that it’s a usually unhealthy treat that everyone loves – but you made it healthy!

  • Miz Helen December 16, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Hi Jill,
    What a great appetizer and just in time for holiday entertaining. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Mindy Hurd December 17, 2011, 6:25 pm

    I made these for a Christmas party last night and they were a big hit!  Unfortunately, there weren’t any left over after the party for me to take home!  

    • Jill December 17, 2011, 7:00 pm

      Hi Mindy,
      Thanks for the feedback!

  • JoAnn Ryan December 20, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Healthy pigs in a blanket… great idea Jill. Thanks for sharing with Food Blog: Post of the Day.


  • Charisse January 4, 2012, 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I made these yesterday, except I had 2 egg yolks left from another recipe in which I had used 2 whites. So what I did was cut down to 2 egg whites (and still 4 yolks). It worked perfectly and the dough was really easy to wrap around the hot dogs, not really sticky at all. They were great and I will definitely make them again.

    • Jill January 4, 2012, 8:47 pm

      Hi Charisse,
      Thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad they worked for you!

  • Melissa July 8, 2012, 11:31 pm

    I’ve made these and they are great! I’m planning to make them again for my son’s birthday party this weekend. Do you think it would be ok to mix up the dough the day before and leave in the refrigerator and put on the franks the next morning so there is less to do the day of the party?

    • Jill July 9, 2012, 8:01 am

      Hi Melissa,
      I have never tried that but it is a good idea and would probably be fine. Just let the dough come to room temperature before you try to use it. Please let me know how it goes!

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