Hot dogs are considered typically American food. On the one hand, this is true, because the consumption of hot dogs by the Americans has a long history, and on the other.
Let’s find out more about this world-famous variety of fast food and at the same time have a little fun, because the facts will be not only interesting, but also entertaining. So let’s go.
1. Hot dogs came from ordinary sausages, which are mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. But who, centuries later, came up with the idea of putting a sausage in a cozy bun? Opinions on this subject are contradictory, but one thing is clear – an amazing metamorphosis occurred with the sausage due to the ingenuity of immigrants from Austria and Germany of the 15-17th centuries.
And in fact, where was this supposed to happen, if not in the historical homeland of sausages and sausages? Three cities claim the championship – Austrian Vienna and German Frankfurt and Coburg. Chefs of Austrian-German descent not only came up with an ingenious way of decorating sausages, but also brought it to America, where the new dish became a bestseller.
2. No less questions arise to the origin of the name of this snack. If with “hot” (hot – hot) everything is clear, then the second half of the name – “dog” (dog – dog) is bewildering, is not it? There is no consensus in the theories and legends that exist on this subject.
For example, some sources say that 1850 was the reason for this, when it was discovered that sausage producers did not disdain filling dog sausages. A less shocking option is related to the artist Tad Dorgan, whose cartoon used to sell hot dogs, renamed “dogs” for ease of pronunciation, on a New York baseball game.
3. Nathan Handwerker, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, is considered to be a landmark in the history of popularizing hot dogs. Arriving in the United States, Nathan and his wife Ida borrowed $ 300 from friends and founded a diner. The main course was hot dogs with sauce, the recipe of which Ida kept secret. They were sold by a married couple at 5 cents.
Tasty “hot dogs” with original sauce quickly became popular, and by the beginning of the Great Depression, Nathan’s hot dogs were already known throughout the United States. Today, Nathan’s Famous eateries have grown into a huge fast-food chain specializing in hot dogs.
4. How much are you willing to pay for an appetizing, hot, juicy hot dog wrapped in a magnificent ruddy bun with a crispy crust? 5 dollars? Or 10? What about 169? It was for $ 169 that the world’s most expensive hot dog was sold, prepared not for the exhibition, but for ordinary sale in Seattle, USA.
True, the ingredients in it were appropriate: cheese sausages in teriyaki sauce with fried onions and mushrooms, foie gras and truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
5. And how many hot dogs are you ready to eat in one sitting? Imagine that you are very hungry! And hot dogs are fresh, fragrant, glow with heat and expire with fresh meat juice! 2? five? Well, not 10, in fact, you say! And make a mistake. Because the recent record for eating hot dogs is 62!
That is how much the contestant in 2015 managed to eat, and he did it in 10 minutes! This is impossible, you say! And again, you’ll be mistaken, because in 2017 Joey Kashtan, the legend of competitive food, and now the 10-time champion of the Nathan eateries competition, set a new record by eating 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes!
6. What meat are traditionally made from hot dogs sausages? Yes, from the most different. It may be our usual beef or pork. And somewhere it’s customary to cook chicken or turkey sausages.
Often the filling of sausages is vegetarian, including a variety of meat substitutes, garlic, salt, paprika and other spices and substances as ingredients. Indeed, in hot dogs it’s not even meat that is interesting, but the original design, i.e. how this compact set of a wide variety of products is served.
7. In Europe, the culture of preparing hot dogs has not yet developed in full force. At the word “hot dog” the average compatriot imagines what? An oblong bun with sausage and a strip of ketchup. Someone with imagination will imagine a chubby ruddy side with decorative cuts crosswise and grated Korean carrots.
But in America, the modern homeland of hot dogs, each region offers its own filling options. For example, in Chicago, hot dogs with onions, peppers, pickles, tomatoes and celery are good, and hot dogs from Coney Island and Michigan are famous for cheese fillings, mustard and onions. In the south of the USA cabbage and chili sauce are added to them, and in other places hot dogs are popular in the form of sausages wrapped in a strip of deep-fried bacon.