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Introduction of Hotdogs in the American Culture

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | December 21st 2011 | Views:
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The joy of relishing the bite of juicy sausage placed in between the poppy seed bun, piled high with mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, tomato, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt is like heaven on earth. Who can resist the ubiquitous hotdog? The spicy, cured, smoked, and cooked hotdog in a warm bun with savory toppings is one of the most enjoyed and favorite foods in America and is a part of American cuisine. Not a single summer goes without enjoying the hotdogs on the grill. A raw hotdog is a pink, cylindrical-shaped piece of meat sausage made of beef or pork or turkey, buffalo or even duck.

The other day I viewed a food show on my Dish TV about a recipe for homemade American-style hotdogs. Though it looked very simple while the host cooked it, trust me there’s nothing that matches the taste of hotdog stands and trucks that sell hotdogs at street and highway location. Till then it never occurred to me that we can make our own hotdogs, starting with the sausage and buns.

A typical hotdog is made of meat, meat fat, cereal or bread crumbs, egg whites, onion, garlic, pepper, salt and other spices. A mixture of these blended ingredients is then stuffed into sausage casings. You can use synthetic collagen casings or natural casings made from the small intestines of sheep as per your choice and health concerns. The stuffed hotdogs can be pre-cooked and refrigerated or frozen. The wieners may be boiled, grilled, fried, steamed, broiled, baked, or microwave or even dipped in batter and deep fried, as in the case of the Texas corn dog and served in a bun with a variety of seasonings. Once you get into the mode of making your own homemade hotdogs, you can have several variations in your recipe.

Usually hotdogs are eaten with garnished condiments like Chili, Sauerkraut, Mustard, Relish, Cheese, Jalapeño’s, Bacon, Guacamole, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Sour Cream, Coleslaw and ketchup, though preferences do change from region to region. Hotdogs are an excellent source of nutrients including iron, zinc, niacin, riboflavin, and B vitamins as they are made of meat. If it’s a prok sausage then it is full of thiamin. The hotdogs, even the ones available in the stores are pre-cooked and there is less chances of spoilage than other types of meat products. Hotdogs are most popular in sports events and are often seen under the names of frankfurter, frank, red hots, dog, weenie, coney and wieners.

When you trace down the history to the origin of the hotdog, it takes you back to some thousands of years ago and is one of the oldest forms of processed food still enjoying a strong popularity. The word frankfurter comes from Frankfurt, Germany, where the pork sausages were sold as wiener-frankfurter and served in a sliced bun similar to hotdogs originated. According to myth, it is believed that early European butchers introduced hotdogs to American culture. It became an instant hit and people liked this comfort food as it was easy to eat, convenient and inexpensive. It is also believed that Charles Feltman, a German butcher opened up the first Coney Island hotdog stand in Brooklyn, NY selling sausage rolls. And then there are many stories claiming to have snuggled the popularity of hotdogs. At the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893, hotdogs made a splash into popular culture where hordes of visitors consumed large quantities of sausages sold by vendors. Baseball and hotdogs were made for each other just like milk and cookies.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina is a freelance writer who writes on a broad range of topics. She is also a food fanatic and likes to trace the origin of food items like hotdogs into the American culture and usually does research for the same on internet. She watches food shows on her Dish TV to write facts and she enjoys cooking too.

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