The Round Hot Dog

Have you ever bought the wrong buns and then wished that you could make hot dogs fit on the hamburger buns you bought by mistake? This product wouldn’t help with that, since it’s mail order, but you get the idea. And calling it a round hot dog is a little confusing, because hot dogs are already round. This is more of a flat hot dog. Rastelli’s sells their round hot dogs at eight for $18 plus shipping. But wait- isn’t a round hot dog the same as a slice of boloney?   

Listen. There are key differences between round dogs and thick-cut slabs of bologna. While hot dogs and bologna are often made of the same stuff, squished into different forms (and different types of casing), there can be more qualities that differentiate them besides their shape. I spoke to a Rastelli’s spokesperson who refuted claims that their round dogs are just “thicc bologna,” as one tweeter put it to me.

In a patented process, Rastelli’s chops black angus beef and premium pork, rather than fully emulsifying or liquifying the mixture like what’s done for many traditional bolognas. “We then wrap our meat mixture in a collagen casing, followed by a netting to help hold shape,” a spokesperson told me. “The product is then smoked, similar to an Old World-style hot dog, with a proprietary blend of woods, such as chicory, and later finished in the oven. Before slicing into rounds, we remove the casing.” They remove the casing so the meat becomes more permeable, allowing the flavor of the condiments to “really sink into the round dog,” and to help reduce the chances of choking.

This still sounds like baloney, just high-quality baloney. Anyway, Food & Wine gave it a try, and posted a good review of the results. The argument about whether round dogs are baloney will continue, as will the argument over whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Either way, it appears that a round hot dog is a sandwich. -via Metafilter

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