Hot Dogs: American, Swedish, and French

In the US, the Labor Day celebration will be coming soon, with the official day to celebrate it is on Monday the 3rd in 2012. Labor Day weekend will soon be in full swing. For many this will be the last time that you will light up the grill, and enjoy a cookout. Hot dogs will most likely be on the menu, at least for one of the choices.

Hot Dogs on the Grill

Did you know that hot dogs and their buns take on a different form in different countries?

Hot Dog on a Bun

Above is a typical American hot dog and bun. There are sometimes different size hot dogs, but the bun is sized for the hot dog.

Swedish Hot Dog
The typical hot dog in Sweden is a very long hot dog, and a very tiny bun. A recent new arrival to Sweden said he looked all over in the grocery store for the right size buns. But then to find out that the tiny buns were all they had.
I think that for Americans it is for a sandwich, and for Swedish the bun is looked at as just a holder for the hot dog. I have tasted the hot dog, and it has a different texture and taste compared to the American hot dog. It’s not hard to guess which one I liked best. Nothing like home!

Then just for comparison here is a picture of the French hot dog. I have not tried one. The appearance is more like what we call “pigs in a blanket”, but open only on one end.

French hot dog

Wherever you are, readers, enjoy your weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Hot Dogs: American, Swedish, and French

  1. The Swedish dog looks like a foot long with half the bun. No one knows hot dogs like America. I wonder who invented the hot dog and where (what city). I wonder if they were developed for the ballparks (baseball). Most of the photos from the early days that I have seen shows a hotdog vendor. Interesting!!

  2. Hej Kathleen! A good post and one that’s making me hungry! 😉 There are too many hot dog types to mention here, but the ones that I’ve tasted are delicious. I do miss the American version but wonder, if I tasted it today, would it taste strange to me now that I’ve been here so long? You are correct in saying the taste is different, does that have to do with less or more ingredients? That I don’t know. We did our shopping this evening and actually bought some Eklunds grill korv (sausage). They look like a hot dog but are slightly longer than the ones that are actually called hot dogs, but shorter than wiener korv. We were trying to decide what one we wanted to buy (there were so many to choose from) and decided on the one I mentioned. But there were all kinds, even bratwurst, salccica, chorizo, frukostkorv (breakfast sausages) just to name a few. My husband and I keep the family tradition of making Grynkorv (Barley Sausages) every Holiday. It’s something his mother did and her mother before her. As for the history of sausages in a bun? I was always told that the dog originated from the frankfurter in Frankfurt, Germany. 🙂

  3. Happy day for you on the big hits!!! So glad to know others enjoy following your treks, as much as I. Interesting thing about the different variations of hot dogs around the world. I, too, heard it originated in Germany; doesn’t everything? I am happy to discover differences in tastes and trends in different countries, in food as well as many other differences. Contrasts show us more to appreciate and admire about those who may have experienced a different life and liberty than we have: a beautiful way to learn, expanding our awareness in all directions. Thank you, Kathleen for keeping all the wonderment coming our way. We love it.

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