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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tex-Mex Pizza with Hot Dog-Stuffed Crust | "American" Food Taste Test

Once every couple months, each of the German discount grocery stores (Lidl, Aldi, Penny, etc.) has an "American week" where they sell American-branded food products. These specialty weeks are a great opportunity for us American expats to pick up typical American goodies like salted popcorn and peanut butter. However, they also carry some food abominations that even the US hasn't even had the audacity to create.

Penny's most recent "American week" included this masterpiece, and I just had to try it  out:

Germany's American food - Tex-Mex Pizza with Hot-Dog Crust
Tex-Mex Pizza with Hot Dog-Stuffed Crust

This mix of American/Mexican/Italian/German cuisine was so baffling, I posted a picture to the Welcome to Germerica Facebook page. So many of you were just as baffled as I was, so I went out and picked one up.

American food at German grocery stores
Photoshoot in Penny!
Unpackaging the pizza back at home, my German husband asked me the question I am sure is on all your minds:

"Is is just one really long sausage in the crust, or a lot of little sausages?" 

Well, maybe you weren't thinking that, but I bet you are now! I was excited to find out, so into the oven it went.

Tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

American food found in Germany

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust


After 18 minutes, it was done and looking... delicious? Naja, not really. But it was done. 

By the way, all of the following images are unfiltered and unedited. Just a Tex-Mex pizza with sausage-stuffed crust in all its natural glory.

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

I was most curious about cutting into it and seeing the hot dog-stuffed crust. And when I did, I was actually quite pleased with how it looked. I mean, it looked like edible hot dogs, which was more than I can say about the ground beef (if you can call it that) on the top of the pizza. 

Frozen tex-mex pizza with hot dog crust

Pizza with hot dogs in the crust

But just one bite of the thing, and... well... I think my facial expressions speak for themselves.





The worst part is that instead of normal pizza sauce, this had some kind of spicy ketchup. It was gross. I was also really weary about eating any of the "ground beef" on the pizza. So, I didn't eat much more than that one bite.

The crust, on the other hand...


The crust was actually alright!

I love hot dogs. I especially love pigs in a blanket  and the crust of this pizza was basically just one big round pig in a blanket.

And guess what!

Pizza with hot dogs in the crust

I found out that the crust is actually made up over lots of little hot dogs, not just one big one. I guess that was a little disappointing, but in the interest of not wasting food, I did eat all the crusts off the pizza ;)

Would you have eaten this pizza? 
Should I try out more "American" food from German grocery stores?

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