Ingredient of the Week, July 15: Hot Dog Buns
The history of the hot dog bun is well disputed. Some people believe that it functions as a sandwich which was originally invented by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu in 1762. Some think that the hot dog bun came as a natural adaption to the hotdog which was invented by German immigrants in the 1800s. In the United States, the hot dog bun's long historical mark is thought by some historians[who?] to begin with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. The Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwange, was giving out gloves to hold sausages in the 1904 exposition to his customers. When the gloves he loaned out were not being returned, the man asked his brother who was a baker to invent a solution. Thus, the hot dog bun was born.
The New England style bun is ideal for grilling which adds a wonderful toasty crispness to the hot dog experience. It's also ideal for a variety of other uses such as with tuna salad, chicken salad and of course, lobster or seafood salad.
In Chicago, Illinois, where poppy-seed buns are popularly served with Chicago-style hot dogs, the buns are made with high-gluten flour to hold up to steaming.
What kind of hot dog buns do you like? Do you use them for anything other than hot dogs?