What’s the difference between franks (frankfurters/Frankfurter Wurst) and wieners (Wienerwurst)?
And speaking of Wienerwurst, ‘wieners’ (hot dogs) is short for Wienerwurst. Wienerwurst means ‘Vienna sausage’. In the U.S. ‘Vienna sausages’ are miniature mush-tubes that come in a broth-filled tin. What’s the relationship between ‘wiener’ Wienerwurst and ‘Vienna sausage’ Wienerwurst?
Far as I know, they’re interchangeable and it’s probably a regional/cultural thing. I noticed that in Minnesota/Wisconsin, they seemed to call sausages “brats”, regardless of the type. In Europe, obviously, the names have a different significance (as pointed out with frankfurter and wiener). But a hotdog is a weiner is a frankfurter in the US, only the composition being up for grabs. The only difference that I might concede is that generally the ones made from beef are marketed as ‘beef franks’.
“Wienies”, of course, can have a completely different context, as can the term “hotdog”. “Let’s be frank” can also be taken as someone wanting both parties to be tube steaks. I can see the root of Johnny L.A.'s confusion. In my present world, ‘wienies’ are Air Force personnel, and on occasion I’ve had the surreal experience of seeing a wienie eat a hotdog.
If you ever are actually in Wien (Vienna) you MUST visit one of the many Wurstlestanden (lit. Sausage Stand) and order a “Hot Dog”. The counter person will take a small baguette, slice off the tip, and skewer it on a large heated spike to warm. The sausage of your choice (I recommend Paprikawurst if available, else Kaesakraner (sp?) ) will be inserted into this loaf, along with the mustard of your choosing (sweet or spicy). This is the food of the gods. Oh, if you get the Kaeskraner be careful of the chunks of napalm like molten cheese contained therein.
It seems that frankfurters, wieners and hot dogs are all the same thing in the U.S. But ‘Vienna Sausages’ (in the U.S.) are something else entirely – in spite of the fact that ‘wiener’ comes from ‘Wienerwurst’, which literally means ‘Vienna sausage’. So something diverged somewhere.
Going back further, Frankfurter Wurst came from Frankfurt, Germany and Wienerwurst came from Vienna, Austria. Are (the original) ‘franks’ and ‘wieners’ the same thing, only called differently in different places? Or are they different?
Well, a schnitzel is pretty much a schnitzel, whether it’s Wiener, Pariser, or some other. The only thing that seems to change is what comes with the dish. So perhaps in the original it was the spicing from different regions that distinguished them.
Vienna sausage as we know it is not food, IMO. Ranks down there with potted meat product.