The battle of the sausages
The top two teams in group G; Germany and the USA go head to head this evening, both currently equal on 4 points each but who will be victorious tonight? To mark this occasion, we are comparing a dish commonly served with a side of sport and a cold beer; the sausage in a bun. We are taking a look at the iconic all American hot dog vs the German giant the Bratwurst. The Germans already have an upper hand in this battle, as the origin of the hot dog kicked off in Germany around the 13th century with the creation of the Frankfurter sausage (which we all know is a pretty important ingredient of a hot dog). Not only that, but historically the first person rumoured to make a “sausage sandwich” by slapping a Wiener in a bun and calling it a hot dog was a little old German lady called Antonoine Feuchtwanger. Fed up of the Americans stealing her white gloves given out to protect fingers from burning whilst devouring her sausages, Antonoine had a moment of pure genius, adding a bun to the mix and wunderbar! The hot dog was born. So how do we differentiate our Bratwursts from our American (sort of) hot dog? Firstly size does matter; you would normally expect a Bratwurst to exceed the bun whereas the hot dog tends to fit nice and snug. Next an American hot dog typically uses a Frankfurt sausage whereas a Bratwurst is a thicker, courser sausage. Finally; an all American hot dog is served in a bun with a wide variety of condiments; including ketchup, mustard and relish however this can vary (I will leave corn dogs and chili dogs for another day!) The Bratwurst can be served with or without the bun, often with sauerkraut (sour cabbage), German mustard and potatoes. A quick straw poll in the office and its unanimous – the S&G girls are all in favour of the delicious Bratwurst!
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