Americans actually think they've just discovered the sausage roll

Bridie Pearson-Jones
Sunday 25 June 2017 13:30
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Picture:(Trader Joes)

Hey, United States.

It's the UK here, we need to have a word.

Despite what you think, you did not just invent the sausage roll.

It's well known that a lot of the United States' favourite things are heavily-inspired by existing British things.

We didn't say much when you came for some of our best TV shows.

The butcherings of The Inbetweeners, Skins, Shameless and The IT Crowd were largely left alone (we admit, your versions of the Office and House of Cards were pretty good).

But this is a step too far.

American supermarket Trader Joe's (it's a bit like Whole Foods but more affordable), are now patting themselves on the back for selling "puffdogs" what they describe as "a twist on the class dog-meets-dough pairing of a hot dog" but "instead swaddled in a perfectly flaky-when-cooked puff pastry".

They add:

this marriage of beefy and buttery is pretty genius.

Sounds pretty familiar right?

Well this is how the Oxford English dictionary defines a sausage roll:

noun, British, a piece of sausage meat wrapped in pastry and baked.

The sausage roll (which, in it's modern version, was actually invented in France) has been a staple of the British diet so long, we've even had political scandals based around them.

Americans seem pretty excited by this "new snack".

One website called it "your go-to summer appetizer", Yahoo and HelloGiggles both called them "genius", PopSugar said it was "a snack you need this month", Refinery29 said they were "fancier versions of pigs in a blanket — which we LOVE".

Side note: in the United States, pigs in blankets is sausage wrapped in hard pastry, not bacon.

Brits have been telling Americans how it is.

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