Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and set aside. Carefully place a steamer basket into the pot and steam the hot dog bun 2 minutes or until warm.
Place hot dog in the steamed bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. The tomatoes should be nestled between the hot dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun. Don’t even think about ketchup!
July is National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of “meat” in record numbers this summer.
The NHDSC estimates that over 7 billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), 155 million will be downed. Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each. They are clearly one of the country’s most loved, but most misunderstood, comfort foods.
Below you’ll find some frequently asked questions regarding the hot dog. For more information, visit the NHDSC’s website at www.hot-dog.org.
How did the hot dog get its name?
The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, vendors began selling hot dachsund sausages in rolls.
From the press box, Tad Dorgan could hear the vendors yelling: “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!”
He sketched a cartoon depicting the scene but wasn’t sure how to spell “dachshund” so he called them simply, “hot dogs”. And the rest is history.
What exactly is a hot dog made of?
Nope. You’re not allowed to ask that one. And do you really want to know anyway? For the record, the Council refers to the actual meat as “specially selected meat trimmings.”
They would like to point out, however, that thanks to stricter U.S. Department of Agriculture rules, hot-dog meat has become much leaner and, un
The NHDSC estimates that over 7 billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day
less otherwise indicated, must be made from muscle (as most meat found in supermarkets is). Most supermarket hot dogs use cellulose casings, which are removed before packaging. Some, however, still use the traditional natural casings, made from animal intestines.
By law, a hot dog can contain up to 3.5% of “non-meat ingredients”.
Don’t be scared. This is usually just some type of milk or soy product used to add to the nutritional value. Many hot dogs may be relatively high in fat and sodium, but they are also a good source of protein, iron, and other necessary vitamins.
What is the most popular condiment for a hot dog?
Council research shows that for adults, mustard is the condiment of choice, while children prefer ketchup. That said, preferences do change from region to region. For instance, hot dogs in New York are generally served with a lighter mustard and steamed onions, while Chicago hot dogs can come with mustard, relish, onions, tomato slices, or pretty much anything at all.
Kids were also asked what condiment they would use “if their moms weren’t watching”, and 25% opted for chocolate sauce.
Do I spread my condiment on the meat or on the bread?
Always dress the dog and not the bun. The Council also recommends the following order for condiment application: first wet (mustard for example), then chunky (relish or onions), then cheese if desired, then any spices.
What should I drink with my hot dog?
Lemonade and iced tea – the tastiest drinks for a summer barbecue – are perfect with hot dogs.
After launching the world’s first hot dog-stuffed crust pizza, Pizza Hut is now revealing a pizza ringed with burgers smothered in cheese.
None of these exciting new foods, though, are available in the U.S. Even as American restaurant sales pick up, restaurants like Pizza Hut and McDonald’s are expanding overseas in search of more adventurous eaters.
Pizza crust, once just a convenient handle for holding a slice, is fast becoming a delivery system for cheese, meat, and who knows what else in the future. Pizza Hut U.K. recently released a pizza with hot dogs baked into the crust, squeezing an extra serving of pig into an already meat-laden pizza.
After launching the world's first hot dog-stuffed crust pizza, Pizza Hut is now revealing a pizza ringed with burgers smothered in cheese
This time, Pizza Hut Middle East is taking into account the patrons who are looking for something a little “healthier.” In addition to the beef-topped pie ringed by cheeseburgers, the restaurant also offers one surrounded by chicken fillet balls and topped with, you guessed it, even more chicken.
The pizza business in the U.S. is still booming, though, in spite of the country’s tame culinary tastes. 41% of Americans now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago.
In spite of Americans being deprived of the latest and greatest in the food world, Pizza Hut’s new offerings might still be thing. Fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King were once considered a symbol of the increasing Westernization of the world. Now, it seems, the world outside the U.S. is finding its own calorie -and fat- laden path.