Like pizza, the sausage grinder is a thoroughly Americanized sandwich derived from some ancestral Italian counterpart. It doesn't get the kind of media attention things like corn dogs and massive turkey legs, but it's a mainstay of state fairs across the nation. Its elegance is in its essentialness: melted mozzarella over a mixture of ground beef and sausage meat with tomato sauce on a toasted bun. A trip to the state fair can't just be constituted by pounds of meat and fried dough. The sausage grinder is a finely tuned machine of food and a must-eat state fair item.