Hot wiener

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Hot wiener
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Hot wieners
Alternative names New York System wiener, weenie, gagger
Course Main course
Place of origin United States
Region or state Providence, Rhode Island
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Pork, veal, bread, meat sauce, onions, yellow mustard, celery salt
Variations None
Food energy
(per serving)
Varies by restaurant kcal
Cookbook:Hot wiener  Hot wiener

The hot wiener or New York System wiener[1] is a staple of the food culture of Rhode Island where it is sold at "New York System" restaurants.[2][3]

Preparation[edit]

The traditional wiener is made with a small, thin frankfurter made of veal and pork, giving it a different taste from a traditional beef hot dog, served in a steamed bun, and topped with celery salt, yellow mustard, chopped onions, and a seasoned meat sauce (the spices vary by vendor but commonly include cumin, paprika, chili powder, and allspice). A preparation including all of the above is often ordered by patrons as "all the way."[4]

New York System restaurants[edit]

According to Johnson & Wales University professor Jack Chiaro the name New York System (and less commonly Coney Island System) appeared in Rhode Island in the early 1900s as a marketing strategy when hot dogs were closely associated with New York's Coney Island.[4][5] By the early 1940s a distinctly Rhode Island product and preparation had evolved among Providence's Greek community, popularized within the state such that the "wieners" served by New York Systems today bear little resemblance to the traditional Coney Island hot dog. Restaurateurs continue to use the name as a way to advertise this particular local cuisine.

The question of the oldest New York System is a matter of some debate, with multiple parties making the claim. One of the most widely known is the Olneyville New York System, opened in 1946 and named for Providence's Olneyville neighborhood, but it was the original owner's extended family who operated the Original New York System from 1927 in the Smith Hill neighborhood.[4][6][7] Another institution, Sparky's Coney Island System [now] of East Providence, claims an earlier, albeit contested date of 1915.[5][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Anthony. "You Say 'Hot Dogs,' Rhode Islanders Say 'Weenies'". NPR. June 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Yonan, Joe. "Don't call it a hot dog." The Boston Globe. August 6, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.quahog.org/cuisine/index.php?id=54
  4. ^ a b c Lukas, Paul. "The Big Flavors Of Little Rhode Island." The New York Times. November 13, 2002.
  5. ^ a b Quahog.org. Sparky's Coney Island System.
  6. ^ Ellis, Jonathan. "Top Hot Wiener." Brown Daily Herald. November 27, 2005.
  7. ^ a b Martin, Christopher. "Whence came the first New York System?" Edible Rhody. Spring 2007.