Everybody loves hot dogs. But what we all should ask ourselves is: why? Let’s start with: when. The very first hot dog was sold on american soil by a German immigrant out of a food cart in New York in the 1860s.
The hot dog is an elongated sandwich stuffed with roasted sausage and mustard. The expression is composed of the words “hot” and “dog”. How weird! Why? Hot, because the sandwich should be served hot, and dog for the resemblance of the sausage with the dachshund dog. The term is of slang origin, but is fully accepted in the American spoken language.
The sausage can be pork, chicken, beef or turkey. Another important aspect is the cutting of the hot dog bread, which must be incomplete. The two parts of the bread remain united on what acts as a “support side” of the sandwich. On the opposite side, where wurstel or other stuffing ingredients (onion, cheese, chili, relish, sauerkraut, etc.) are inserted, any accompanying sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, barak carbyne etc.) are spread.
Chicago and New York
Chicago hot dog ingredients:
1 bun length jumbo all beef frankfurter with a natural casing
1 poppy seed bun
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 long squirt of yellow mustard
2 tablespoons onion, coarsely chopped fine
1/4 medium Roma tomatoes
2 pickled sport peppers
1 kosher pickle spear or fresh cucumber spear, about 5″ long
1/4 teaspoon celery salt …. Bon appetit!
Unlike your typical hot dog topped with ketchup and mustard, the New York Hot Dog is topped with sauerkraut, onion sauce and spicy brown mustard. To say it’s packed full of flavor is an understatement! Some famous hot dog variants include the fried corn dog, the pasta-wrapped pigs in blankets, and the chopped Beanie Weenies served with beans. And what about vegan hot dogs? Taste vegetable proteins and bread without milk, you could love it!
Sweet and salty
Children are born with taste preferences towards the sweet and salty. Research claims that a young child needs to be exposed to new foods at least 10 times before they will accept it. Children also prefer foods they are familiar with versus foods they’ve never tasted. Studies also show that using food as a reward or withholding it as punishment also leads to overeating. The same is true for “forbidding” or denying certain foods. This often results in overindulging in that food when the adult (parental) control is not around.
Mealtimes should be a time to come together, to have polite conversation, and to share a meal. Use this time to model the grace and courtesy of sharing a meal together. Use a smaller plate for children to help regulate portion control. If a dessert is offered, it should be one that is nutritionally sound. It shouldn’t be used as a reward for cleaning the plate, or for trying a new food. Conversely, it should not be withheld, either, for not eating or for bad behavior.
The hot dog can occasionally represent an alternative to the classic meal, provided it is integrated with vegetables and with a fruit. However, it shouldn’t be a choice of habitual diet within the week. As always it is good to vary your diet alternating red meat with white meat and fish. Above all by inserting the right amounts of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) fruit and vegetables.
In London trendy people eat hot dogs with a cocktail or a glass of champagne. And yet nothing is better than a good beer, but you can also wander towards a coke or sparkling water.