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Is this food combination going to explode?

Asked by LuckyGuy (34606points) August 4th, 2014

I hosted a cookout here this weekend with hot dogs, hamburgers and various salads ans side dishes that people brought.
My job this week is to eat the leftovers.

My lunch (eaten at 10 am) consisted of a white hot dog with melted cheese, on a dairy free bun, topped with roasted red pepper humus instead of mustard, with a side of blue corn tortilla chips. I am eating a tea cup full of pineapple chunks for dessert and drinking real Japanese green tea with a couple of Hersheys chocolate squares left over from s’mores.
Can these ethnically diverse foods get along without fighting?

I suppose I could have made this meal even more interesting by adding some kimchi and a scoop of okra but nobody brought any.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

That’s actually a pretty good balance of things. It should be fine. The kimchi might have lit the fuse though.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

There’s been no WWIII within your digestive track? Perhaps humanity should learn some lessons from anatomy.

Cupcake's avatar

I feel so un-WNY saying that I’ve never had a white hot. Good thing you paired it with a dairy free bun to even things out.

You should be OK, but I would have put the hummus on the tortilla chips instead of the hot dog.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Oh!!! I forgot the scoop of 5 cup salad! mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut, marshmallows and sour cream!

@Cupcake I hope you’re using some else’s shoppers club card at Wegmans. They’d be angry if they knew you never ate a white hot. They might send the Zweigle Police!
I discovered the tortilla chips after I had put the humus on the hot dog. It was delicious by the way. I nuked it in the microwave for 10 seconds so the humus was warm and creamy.

@SadieMartinPaul I just know there’s a message hidden somewhere in that combination.

@Adirondackwannabe North Korean kimchi could have added a little radioactivity to the mix!

jca's avatar

@LuckyGuy: What you call “5 cup salad” we call “Ambrosia.” Some people think it’s disgusting, but I like it. I thought it was whip cream until I actually learned how to make it. It’s amazing how the sugars in the other foods make the sour cream sweet.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@jca The stuff is 2 days old now and it is getting really good. Like fine wine and cheese, it gets better with age. :-)

I just wish people would make less of it. There is too much and no one wanted to take it home.
Next time I’ll make doggie bags and put them on the front seat of their cars.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I think you missed a great opportunity for multicultural food mixing. You should have melted the chocolate and poured it over the hot dog.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Nah, just throw it all into a melting pot.

CWOTUS's avatar

If you can survive eating a white hot dog (or anything that’s white hot), then I suppose you really can eat anything.

LuckyGuy's avatar

You all know how I hate wasting food.

If I can’t finish it, the stuff will go out for the raccoons, possum, and fox. I’ll set up the stealth trail camera to see who eats what.
In the meantime, I’ll do my best.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

What’s a “white hot”? This is the first time I’ve ever encountered that term.

LuckyGuy's avatar

It is a regional food from Western NY. They come in red and white pop open hot dogs. The best ones come from Zweigles , a 5 generation old, family owned business located in Rochester, NY.

You cook them on the grill and when they’re ready the casing pops open. Culinary (and engineering) marvels!.

majorrich's avatar

The combination may trigger explosive events, but would act as a catalyst rather than the reactants. Personally, I might be discouraged from being near open flames or sharp corners.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@LuckyGuy {Ahem} The best white hots come from Hofmann, and they are called “Snappys” or “Coneys.”

And they’re an Upstate New York food, not a Western New York food.

Cupcake's avatar

@LuckyGuy Of course I use my own shoppers club card. How else could I track my most frequently purchased items on my Wegmans app?

No shoppers club discount for shopping the perimeter of the store.

My grandparents used to have white hot parties. Thank goodness they also had red hots, or my (lactose intolerant) family would have gone hungry.

dxs's avatar

No, try eating Mentos with a side of Diet Coke.

Kardamom's avatar

It just sounds like a really fun pot luck.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Pretty certain you’ll be fine.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

If you don’t survive, please let us know, ok?

filmfann's avatar

Don’t worry about it, unless you are eating Mentos and drinking Coke.

dxs's avatar

^^Why does he get the GA when that reference is made?!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Hmm. Never knew that white hotdogs were a thing…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

For anyone who has never tried Zweigles, they are amazing. One of my college professors took us on a road trip there for class. He wanted to show how a small meat packing plant with a great niche could compete against the big processing plants. I just haven’t found them around here.
@LuckyGuy How do they ship their on line orders?

LuckyGuy's avatar

@SavoirFaire Hoffman’s are made in Syracuse, and no doubt they are delicious there. However, I am pretty certain they turn radioactive if they ever pass west of the Montezuma Wildlife preserve. Fortunately the grocers here know this and protect us.

@Adirondackwannabe I’m guessing they are shipped in a cooler pack. I’d be happy to ship you some. I have plenty of disposable coolers and cold packs.

@Cupcake I buy the combo packs that have 3 of each type and cook a dozen at a time. When they pop open I put cheese on half. of each flavor. That way everyone has options.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@SavoirFaire We call our region Western NY. The area that people call “Upstate NY” is what we call Downstate or “the City.” (The Catskills to Yonkers)

Check out this map of NY and the names of the various regions.

jca's avatar

When I serve kielbasa at parties, I put out a variety of mustards which everyone seems to like experimenting with. Horseradish mustard, honey mustard, cranberry mustard plus the usual.

jca's avatar

@LuckyGuy: According to the NY Times, “Upstate NY” is the region that is not served by Metro North, which I think now ends at Wassaic.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@jca There you go! A true definition of Upstate NY! I have to drive well over 300 miles south east to reach Upstate!

I, too, offer different mustards: yellow, spicy brown, honey mustard. Lately I’ve found I prefer Zweigles with just cheese. That way I can enjoy all the nuances.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@LuckyGuy I’m a born and raised Upstate New Yorker. I don’t need a map to know what I’m talking about. In any case, white hots were not invented in Western New York, as even Zweigles admits. They are an import in your neck of the woods.

Also, Hofmann products taste great everywhere. I know because I have had them in six different states.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@SavoirFaire Syracuse allowed to be exported to other states?! I wonder if that is possible with Zweigles?

What kind of Upstate Nooyawkah are you? A Downstater or a real Upstater. (Beyond mile marker 200 on the T’way.)

SavoirFaire's avatar

@LuckyGuy I’m originally from Onondaga. And yes, I’ve been able to get Hofmann hot dogs out of state. When my wife found them in Virginia, we had an impromptu party to celebrate. As for Zweigles, it looks like you can order them online.

P.S. According to @jca‘s definition, everything other than New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley counts as Upstate—which means Central New York, Western New York, and Northern New York. Just sayin’.

filmfann's avatar

@dxs No, the answer I use to guarantee a GA is “Pull my finger!”

Buttonstc's avatar

Well, I went to college in “The True Upstate” (straight North of Albany) as it’s known to natives of the North Country :)

So how come I’ve never encountered white hot dogs? I guess the college could be forgiven for not having them in the dining hall but my last few years I lived in off campus housing and I really don’t recall ever seeing them in the local grocery stores where we shopped. So what’s up with that?

Did they not have distributors that far North (Plattsburgh) ?


LuckyGuy's avatar

@Buttonstc As I stated before, Zweigles are culinary and engineering marvels. On the grill they pop open when ready for serving. But they have a lesser known feature. They are designed to be cooked and eaten only within a latitude band of North 43 degrees + or – 30 minutes. I’ve been told that unless one purchases the export model the sealed package will detonate if carried outside of that narrow band in Western NY. I have no experience with this as I am afraid to try it. ;-)

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LuckyGuy's avatar

@CWOTUS :-) Read carefully and you will see I merely wrote it all out in longhand so non-engineering types could easily understand. Note I even wrote out the word North instead of N for clarity. No ASCII searching required.

@Adirondackwannabe And a fine meal it was. Zweigels were not on the menu as we were south of N42° 30′ 00″

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I really enjoyed that. We should do it again. Let me know next time you’re traveling 81.

tedibear's avatar

I miss white hot dogs. :(

hearkat's avatar

Those white hot dogs look very similar to the bratwursts from Switzerland, so I don’t think they’re an upstate NY invention. And to a NJ person, “upstate NY” is anything past the Tappan Zee bridge.

We’re having kielbasa for dinner tonight. The ONLY mustard for kielbasa is Kosciusko Yum!

SavoirFaire's avatar

@hearkat Are you thinking of Weisswurst maybe? In any case, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are very similar to something from one of the old countries since they originated in New York’s German-speaking communities (particularly in Rochester). But I don’t know of any Swiss or German sausages that are quite the same as a white hot.

hearkat's avatar

@SavoirFaire: They are called different names in different places. My family, and everywhere I’ve been in Switzerland calls them bratwurst. I have seen/heard them referred to as weisswurst, and the Amish market near me has ones they call bockwurst that taste most like the Swiss bratwurst to me.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@hearkat But isn’t “bratwurst” a general term that refers to many different varieties of sausage? Your link, for example, refers to a specific kind of bratwurst. That’s why I was confused. But the one you linked to does look very similar. It even has the dairy element. I’ll have to see if I can find one to see whether it has the same snap.

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