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Icecane
Icecane

Are hotdogs american?

Also, considering America is a “melting pot” of sorts, wouldn’t it be more accurate for it to consist of the foods from other cultures? Or British/Native American foods if you want to get simple.

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Testing One Two
Testing One Two

in reply to Icecane

A quick wiki walk shows that while sausages have existed for centuries, most of the notable forms of “sausage in a bun” originate from American vendors (New York in most cases) around 1850-1900 ish. So yes, I’d say hotdogs are very American.

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11volt11
11volt11

in reply to junkers1337

I think that’s actually false. Although the hot dog part of the hot dog is from Germany, the practice of putting it in a bun was started in a baseball stadium in the early twentieth century, in America. They started putting the German sausages in buns and sold them to the fans, if my memory didn’t betray me.

Actually, I just looked it up while writing this. Apparently, the origin is hard to specify, however it seems that the modern idea of a hot dog as we know it was invented in America, using the German sausages.

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Minority
Minority

in reply to gamelizard

The sausages originally came from germany and were probably popularized in the US by german immigrants. The “sausage in a bun” idea is attributed to a german immigrant living in the USA, but noone is completely sure where it was invented.
As for hamburgers, the name has nothing to do with “ham” as in meat from pigs. It’s either a reference to the german city Hamburg or the american city Hamburg which was established by german immigrants.
Both foods are still a typical american dish in my oppinion.

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