D is for Dog. Hot Dog!
Who: The Hot Dog.
What: Most hot dogs are made from lightly seasoned beef or pork. There are also chicken, turkey and vegetarian dogs too.
When: The hot dog was invented in the 17th century in Germany. Today, they are a staple of summer - sports games and backyard barbecues.
Where: They became popular in North America in the late 1800's, known as Frankfurters. The name "Hot Dog" became popular in the 1890's.
Why: Shockingly, Hot Dogs don't really provide your body with any nutrition. An Oscar Mayer Beef Frank - alone, with no bun or condiments contains 140 calories, 13 grams of fat and 460 mg of sodium per dog.
In Europe in the mid 1800's people said that trucks roamed around cities collection stray dogs that were then taken to factories and ground up to make the sausages, and they were called "Dog Sandwiches".
The debate rages on as to what are "acceptable" toppings for hot dogs. Some insist it's mustard only. For others it's Sauerkraut. Chili and cheese? Relish and onions? Ketchup and pickles? Plain? Pick your favorite.
We have two "gourmet" hot dog shops in Calgary and recently Scott and I checked out Le Chien Chaud. We tried two dogs - the Mexican and the French.
The Mexican Dog was loaded with mustard, salsa, ground hot peppers and cheddar and topped with a sprig of cilantro. This is a dog not for the faint of heart - this bugger was spicy!!! We had a hard time finishing it.
The French Dog was divine. Dijon mustard, sauteed mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. Very very good.
How can you talk about hot dogs and not mention Corn Dogs? Make your own corn dogs at home - go here. Link to Food and Wine site via Nosheteria.
Beaners and Wieners for Grownups
1 can brown beans
2 hot dogs sliced into rounds
hot sauce to taste
3 tb smoky bbq sauce, or to taste
In a small pot over medium heat combine the beans and hot dogs. Add the hot sauce and bbq sauce and heat until the hot dogs are hot. Check seasonings and add more hot sauce, bbq sauce and salt and pepper as needed.