Italian hot dog
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||New Jersey|
|Main ingredients||Italian roll or pizza bread, hot dog, bell peppers, onions, and potatoes|
|Cookbook: Italian hot dog Media: Italian hot dog|
There are numerous ways to prepare an Italian hot dog. The basic dish consists of a cooked (usually deep-fried) hot dog placed in an Italian roll or pizza bread, and topped with a combination of fried bell peppers, onions, and potatoes. The Italian Hot Dog a New Jersey tradition similar to Philadelphia's Philly Cheesesteak or other regional sandwiches.
James "Buff" Racioppi, founder of Jimmy Buff's in Newark, New Jersey, invented the Italian hot dog in 1932.
In New Jersey, there are many variations on the original Italian hot dog, typically involving replacing the hot dog with another meat such as sausage, cheesesteak, hamburger, or chicken. Sometimes french fries are used in places of the potatoes. Commonly, the dogs are dressed with spicy mustard and ketchup. One popular variant in Belleville uses two long hot dogs, french fries (thick wedges), fried peppers, and onions, topped with tomato sauce and placed in a 12-inch-wide (300 mm) pizza bread roll. The roll, spelled "apizza" and pronounced "abeetz", is cut along the side into a pocket.
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