10 Unique Hot Dog Toppings From Around the World Slideshow
July 1, 2013
A collection of culturally-diverse hot dog topping to update this summer barbecue staple
Asian-Inspired Hot Dog
Asian cuisine is used to describe Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, and South Asian cultural dishes, so it’s hard to find a single set of toppings to capture the feel of the expansive territory. For a Southeast Asian-inspired barbecue, try using peanuts, soy sauce infused coleslaw, or mango relish on top of your hot dog in place of ketchup and mustard.
Mexican-Inspired Hot Dog
As a result of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, Mexican cuisine features a combination of indigenous Meso-American cooking staples.. To give your hot dog a taste of Mexico, try creating a topping that mixes native ingredients like mango salsa, avocadoes, and tamales.
Italian-Inspired Hot Dog
Italian cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, with most dishes having between four and eight ingredients. To infuse your hot dog with the flavors of Italy, use toppings like mozzarella, prosciutto, pesto, and fresh tomatoes.
Mediterranean-Inspired Hot Dog
Mediterranean cuisine is a hard one to pin down, because the Mediterranean region encompasses a wide variety of cultures and countries. The historical connections of the region, however, have led these different cultures to share common elements of their traditional cuisine. Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, and artichokes can bring the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea to your backyard.
U.K.-Inspired Hot Dog
The Modern British style of cooking emerged as a response to the depressing food rationing that persisted for several years after World War II. Some describe British cuisine as “unfussy dishes made with quality ingredients matched with simple sauces that accentuate flavor rather than disguising it.” To achieve this unique balance of flavors, create a topping comprised of mashed potatoes, gravy, and fried onions that will transport your barbecue guests to the British countryside with each bite.
Indian-Inspired Hot Dog
Indian food is often influenced by religion and cultural choices, and encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines. Varying based on soil type, climate, and regional wealth, Indian ingredients offer a large foray of options to top your dog. Try topping your hot dog with spicy toppings like curried diced potatoes, red lentils, and garam masala powder. Also, since most regions of India follow a vegetarian diet, try replacing your
Middle Eastern-Inspired Hot Dog
Countries of the Middle East and Western Asia are home to cuisines that have a degree of homogeneity.As a crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Middle East has long been a hub of food and recipe exchange that encompasses the poultry and fruits of the Persians and the spices and legumes of India and Africa. To capture this flavor palate, top your dog with hummus and olive pieces and serve it in a pita. To make the dish more authentically Middle Eastern, serve falafel or lamb-based hot dogs in place of the traditional pork meat.
African-Inspired Hot Dog
Africa is the second largest landmass on Earth and home to hundreds of different cultural and ethnic groups, so pinning down a single cuisine type as essentially “African” would be a misnomer. With that being said, there are plenty of options, some of which include topping your hot dog with rice mixed with cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and sage for a barbecue inspired by classic East African cuisine.
Carribean-Inspired Hot Dog
As a mixture of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, and Chinese cuisines, traditional Caribbean dishes are usually packed with flavor and variety. To give your barbecue a taste of the Caribbean, try topping your hot dog with sliced peppers, cilantro, and tomatoes and serving homemade plantain chips on the side.
Native American-Inspired Hot Dog
Do you want to take your American barbecue back to its roots? Native American cuisine is trademarked by living flavors and ideas. Topping your hot dog with any combination of the “Three Sisters” of maize (corn), beans, and squash can help give your barbecue an indigenous American flavor.