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FutureStarrIs Hot Dog a Sandwich
A man raises a basic question that we ask regularly. On what basis did we decide that yes, a hot dog counts as a sandwich? It’s a good subject to start inking a few lines on, in an attempt to find an answer.
Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ is like calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy’. Perhaps at one time its importance could be limited by forcing it into a larger sandwich category (no disrespect to Reubens and others), but that time has passed. We therefore choose to take a cue from a great performer and declare our namesake be a “hot dog formerly known as a sandwich. Read full announcement here.
The Daily Meal tries to sit on the fence on the question (while simultaneously muddying the hot dog waters by introducing burgers into the argument). The website gives the dictionary its due, but still implies an anti-sandwich mindset: “Burgers and hot dogs exist in their own section of the menu, separate from the ‘Sandwiches.’ For all intents and purposes, they are completely different food items from sandwiches. But in terms of classifications, these cookout staples are indeed sandwiches, whether you think of them that way or not.” There are several theories about how the American classic got its name, and they all begin with the association of hot dogs—or frankfurters, wienerwurst and all manner of long, skinny sausages—to the iconic German dog breed, the dachshund. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council dug into the history of the hot dog: Germans were actually calling their frankfurters “hot dachshunds” long before they came over to the United States. So, the invention of the term “hot dog” is basically a jump from “dachshund” to “dog.” (Source: www.tasteofhome.com)