Who knew that July was officially the national month for celebrating hot dogs? I didn’t. Lucky that my contact PR person at French’sÂ® Mustard sent us the information. Anyway, with the 4th of July rapidly approaching, I wanted to share a little background information about hot dogs and mustard and also a fun-sounding hot dog recipe.
So, did you know that hot dogs and mustard were both introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis Worlds Fair? Ever since then, hot dogs along with mustard have been an integral part of America’s family summer celebrations ““ from ballgames and backyard gatherings to picnics and state fairs.
For the record, French’sÂ® Mustard is certified by the Orthodox Union (OU), is 100% natural, has zero calories, and is gluten free.
Fun facts about hot dogs and mustard:*
Â· Mustard is the world’s most ancient spice and most commonly used condiment.
Â· The name mustard comes from the Latin word “mustum ardens” which means “burning wine,” which refers to the heat of the mustard seeds mixed with unfermented wine grapes.
Â· It is often thought that hot dogs are the all-American food, but they were actually invented in 1484 in Frankfurt, Germany, thus the nickname frankfurters.
Â· Mustard is good for you. Tests have shown that eating a modest amount of mustard during a meal tends to increase your metabolism.
Â·The first words Mickey Mouse said in a cartoon were “hot dogs” (“The Karnival Kid, 1929).
Â· In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made their first visit to the United States and President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed them by hosting a picnic. At the picnic, FDR served the king and queen hot dogs.
Â· Hot dogs were the first food to be eaten on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. ate hot dogs on their 1969 mission.
Â· U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world from Fort Meyers in Arlington, VA to Okinawa, Japan, to Aqaba, Jordan, consumed 2.4 million hot dogs last year.
* Courtesy of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
And here is the promised recipe:
Hot Dog Burritos
Prep Time: 5 min. Cook time: 5 min.
1 16-ounce can vegetarian baked beans
8 frankfurters, sliced
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons French’s Classic Yellow Mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, heated
1. Combine beans, frankfurters, ketchup, mustard, and sugar in medium saucepan. Simmer about 5 minutes to heat through.
2. Spoon mixture into tortillas, dividing evenly. Roll up jelly-roll style.
Makes 8 servings
Tip: Try topping dogs with French’s French Fried Onions before rolling up!
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