Hot dog bun
|Alternative names||Side-loading bun|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Flour, water|
|Variations||New England-style hot dog bun|
|Cookbook: Hot dog bun Media: Hot dog bun|
There are two basic types: top-loading New England-style hot dog buns or lobster buns in some areas, and side-loading, common in the rest of the United States also called American Style Buns. The advantages to a top loader are that it holds the hot dog securely and fits nicely into little three-sided paper boxes. Top loaders are generally baked side by side and torn apart as needed, leaving a flat side surface for grilling; however it is debatable as to whether this is actually an advantage over the U-shaped underside (similar to a submarine hull) of side loaders which are able to fit snugly between grills, providing deep heating to the sausage.
Hot dog historian and professor emeritus at Roosevelt University Bruce Kraig believes the term "hot dog" was invented in the late 19th century by American observers of German immigrants, who ate sausages on buns. The Americans joked that the sausages looked suspiciously like the Germans' dachshunds.
The Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwange, loaned gloves for his customers to hold his sausages at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. When many were not returned, he asked his brother, who was a baker, to invent a solution. Thus, the hot dog bun was born.
In Austria, a "hot dog" is a baguette which is hollowed out by cutting off the end and impaling it on a spike so a sausage can be inserted. In Denmark this variation is known as a "French Hot Dog" because of the use of baguette, and a "French Hot Dog Dressing" which contains Dijon Mustard. Pre-impaled baguettes are specially made for this variety due to its popularity.
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