What can one say about the word “Sandwich”?

Club Sandwich

First thing I thought of was several sandwiches that I thoroughly enjoy. While three came immediately to mind I thought it best to do some research though into the word “Sandwich.” So before I show you some of my favorites, I feel it only right that 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 my word of the day – sandwich.

If I made you hungry, now would be a good time to go make yourself a sandwich and enjoy.

Until next time!

6 thoughts on “Anyone Hungry?

  1. My favorite is the hot roast-beef sandwich covered in gravy, a little twizzle of ketchup in the inside and some fresh cracked-pepper on top! Side it with pot-roast taters or fries and yes sir, I’m in seven heaven!

    I’m also partial to toasted Peameal Bacon sandwiches, with a little HP or Daddies sauce to give it a tangy kick. Best of all is the toasted bacon and tomato, but only with fresh tomatoes right out of the garden. A bit of mayo and some Coleslaw on the side and I’m a happy eater! All this sandwich talk is making me hungry Irwin so I’m off to the fridge. Stay safe and I’ll Talk to ya later!

  2. There is just something about a freshly made sandwich, isn’t there? I also really loved grilled cheese sandwiches with the fake cheese and all. Don’t do them often because of that, but every once in awhile I’ll indulge. Brings me back to my childhood watching the Flintstones and having lunch at home before going back to school for the afternoon.

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