Originally Posted by cstgator
I get what you're saying but I don't agree. Sorry. American cheese is crap to me -- there are other great melting cheeses you can use for those applications. Put American cheese on a burger? I mean, you can do it, but why would you want to do it? I don't mind it when I'm at 5 Guys or something like that, but at home, no way.
To me, a great hot dog is more about the accompaniments more than it is about the dog itself. Look at Chicago, case in point. A proper Chicago dog has so many condiments on it that you can barely see the link. Ask yourself...why? Because the hot dog itself is a crap food and you have to dress it up for it to be good. I just think that a lot of these classic American staples and streetfoods are antiquated and obsolete.
And then you have to account for the fact that they contain nitrogen-based compounds and have a ton of saturated fat -- why eat it? These food-based cultural reasons account for a lot of the health problems in the states -- people love eating this kind of crap here. I won't lie, I eat my share of fatty foods but a hot dog is so damn bad for the human body that it's hard for me to justify being a food source to be eaten on a regular basis.
And I still do stand by what I said about Colombian dogs -- they are damn good (because of the condiments). But I don't think I'd want to eat more than 3 a year.
You made my point for me. A Five Guys burger is just about one of the best burgers you can eat. Perfect amount of tasty and greasy. It wouldn't be near the same burger with say cheddar. American cheese melts the perfect way for their burger. It clearly has a place in the culinary world.
I LOLed at your talk about how bad hot dogs are for the human body. Pink salt is used in a ton of curing processes and is perfectly safe. Nitrites are perfectly safe in the amounts we eat and are found naturally in plenty of vegetables. Hyperbole much? Nobody is saying to make a diet of pure hot dogs is a good idea but eating hot dogs on a semi-regular basis (a few a month which is what I imagine a normal person would consume) is not going to cause any adverse health effects much less kill you.
You don't like hot dogs and there is nothing wrong with that but I disagree that there isn't a difference in quality between a ball park mixed meat hot dog and a natural casing all beef hot dog.