Beaverton Farmers Market – Is a Hotdog a Sandwich?
To Our Market Community,
Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?
This question sparked a lively debate on a local news station and we found ourselves pondering the answer for ourselves. Miriam Webster defines a sandwich as two pieces of bread with something such as meat, peanut butter, etc. between them. (They also go on to explain that there are open faced sandwiches that use one slice of bread.) It would seem to indicate that Miriam-Webster would consider a hot dog to be a sandwich.
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council disagrees and declared once that a hot dog is definitely NOT a sandwich, it is a food unto itself.
A hot dog is a sausage but a sausage isn’t necessarily a hot dog.
A hot dog without meat or poultry cannot be called a hot dog. (They don’t mention if it can be called a sausage.)
During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans are expected to consume 7 billion hot dogs.
Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other City.
The NHDSC also specifies that hot dog etiquette states that ketchup should not be used on a hot dog for anyone over the age of 18. What they don’t specify are the allowable condiments other than ketchup.
Americans have proven to be creative topping their favorite not-a-sandwich dogs with every manner of condiment and sauce you can imagine. Here at the BFM, we like to start with 12 inch frankfurters from Olympia Provisions made from 100% pork. After that, the sky’s the limit. Sauce it with a spicy barbecue sauce from Felton and Mary’s and add pickled pink onions from Pink Wagon Foods. Fermentista makes a tasty variety of fermented sauerkraut and pickles that are delicious by themselves but they are especially so on a hot dog (or sausage). Danielle’s Teriyaki sauce is surprisingly good on an all pork frank. Top your Asian inspired dog with this easy carrot and radish pickle (a classic component of the Bahn mi sandwich) which you make by combining:
¾ c. carrots , peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks
¾ c. daikon or red radish, thinly sliced into matchsticks
¼ c, rice vinegar
1 T. sugar
1 T. water
Salt to taste
Toss together and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
So whether you call it a sandwich or a food-in-a-category-of-its-own, be creative and don’t be afraid to experiment with all of the fun possibilities for taking a hot dog to the next level.
And the Today Show is currently hosting their annual Tailgating Food Bracket, so if you’re like us we’re voting for hot dogs all the way!
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 9:00AM-1:30PM.
Thrilling Foods, vegan bakon, will back in the market after a three week absence. Let’s welcome them back!
Rarity Gardens is back in the market after a pandemic absence. They specialize in peony, hosta and daylily tubers.
This is the last week for Gordon, the Garlic Guy, from Three D Ranch. Stock up while you can!
If you missed the Moisture Smart Water Gauge Giveaway last week we have good news for you. We will have more water gauges to give away this Saturday! They went fast last week so come by the information booth early to get one for your yard. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
Washington County Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the market this Saturday, September 11, from 9:00AM-1:30PM. If you’ve been on the fence or haven’t been able to be vaccinated yet, now is your chance while visiting the market. As an added incentive, Washington County Department of Health and Human Services will be giving out $50 of Beaverton Farmers Market tokens for the first 30 vaccine recipients at the clinic. The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be located on 3rd Street in between Watson and Washington, or an Info Booth staff can direct if you need assistance.