What can one say about today’s word prompt – “Sandwich”?
As soon as I received the email indicating what the word of the day was, my mouth started watering, and I immediately thought of three sandwiches that I personally have a taste for.
But before we get into discussing the actual sandwiches, a bit of information about the word sandwich is in order. According to Wikipedia:
The word sandwich that we use today was born in London during the very late hours one night in 1762 when an English nobleman, John Montagu (1718-1792), the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was too busy gambling to stop for a meal even though he was hungry. The legend goes that he ordered a waiter to bring him roast-beef between two slices of bread. The Earl was able to continue his gambling while eating his snack; and from that incident, we have inherited that quick-food product that we now know as the sandwich. He apparently had the meat put on slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy while he was playing cards. It’s strange that the name of this fiend should have gone down in history connected to such an innocent article of diet.
Having said that allow me to share with you the three favorite sandwiches I enjoy. Hailing from Reading, PA, we grew up on Italian sandwiches and the ones we liked best were those that came from a sandwich shop whose name only consisted of two letters but that is all I will say. Oh, as a matter of information – again according to Wikipedia:
The Italian sandwich, and a fact I did not know, is sometimes referred to as the Maine Italian sandwich. This is an American submarine sandwich in Italian-American cuisine and is prepared on a long bread roll (sometimes referred to as a hard or soft roll depending on your preference with meats, cheese and various vegetables. The ingredients serve to counterbalance one-another, creating an equilibrium of flavors and texture. Again according to the information I found on Wikipedia, the Italian sandwich was invented in Portland, Maine, in 1903 by Giovanni Amato, a baker. This particular sandwich is known by various names depending on what part of the country you are from. It is known as a submarine sandwich or a sub in Boston, Massachusetts, a spuckie in East Boston, and I have also heard the term “Grinder” used when describing the sandwich.
The second sandwich we order when hungry for a sandwich is the Reuben sandwich. Again according to Wikipedia this is an American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.
The third most favorite of sandwiches that come to mind is a Monte Cristo which is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. Again according to Wikipedia, in the 1930s-1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich, under such names as French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. As another point of information, Emmental or Gruyere cheese is typically used. Oh, and one restaurant we frequented for this sandwich also made the sandwich between two slices of Raisin Bread. Delicious.
One sandwich I have never been able to understand though or eat is the Dagwood. Again according to Wikipedia, a Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie (his wife), who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches.
Well, there you have it, my contribution to today’s word prompt – sandwich.