We like to use any possible occasion for trying more and more sandwich recipes. It can be a regular brunch, a picnic, a road trip or National Sandwich Day, which is fast approaching.
On November 3rd, we celebrate one of America’s (and the world's) most popular lunch items. It’s National Sandwich Day! Since we eat it so often thanks to its easy-to-make quality and its versatility, we tried to find out how this food item was invented.
As you know, a sandwich is a food made with veggies, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread.
It is thought that the ‘inventor’ of the sandwich was John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, but the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are still subjects of debate. The travel writer Pierre-Jean Grosley wrote in his book Tour to London that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table, and that rumor became a popular myth. Actually, Lord Sandwich was a very chatty gambler and he did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table. So, he asked his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread. His habit became well known among his gambling friends and other people began to order ‘the same as Sandwich!’. Thus the ‘sandwich’ as a food item was born.
The original sandwich was a piece of salted beef between two slices of toast. Nowadays, sandwiches are a popular type of lunch food, you can take to work, school, or picnics. They're made with almost any ingredients, as long as they can fit between bread slices. Here are some of our best sandwich recipes you can try on November 3rd and basically anytime you feel hungry.
10 Sandwich Recipes
1. Beef, pancetta, and braised cabbage sandwich
Red cabbage is nothing to write home about on its own. But once you use it in sandwich recipes like this one, it bursts with flavor. So, what’s the secret? It’s about pairing it up with smoky-flavored, tender pancetta. And a bit of beef, if you want some extra protein in there. Serve everything between the two halves of a mildly toasted bun, and add some arugula leaves, for a healthy green touch!
2. Caramelized onion and beef patty sandwich
If we only had to use one word to describe this caramelized onion and beef patty sandwich, that word would be “amazing”. Its flavors and textures complement each other and they make the result something irresistible.
3. Double-cheese and bacon sandwich
We think the secret for good sandwich recipes is to add some heat to the equation. So, try this sandwich: pan-fry your bread rolls, coat with butter and rub them with garlic. Warm your cheese in a bit of oil, but try to use low moisture cheese so it doesn't melt completely when adding it to the pan. Take a look and be prepared to be amazed.
4. Turkey tower sandwich
What to do for National Sandwich Day? How about making this ultimate tower sandwich! There’s more to it than just turkey! It has fried bacon, Cheddar, Emmental cheese, ketchup, pickled cucumbers, and lots of other ingredients. Grab your friends and ask them to join, because finishing this sandwich on your own is an almost impossible task!
5. Carrot and zucchini beef patty sandwich
When your brain says you need a snack but your gut desires a main dish, make this carrot and zucchini beef patty sandwich. In 20 minutes you’ll please them both and you’ll be more than happy with your choice.
6. Hummus and apple salad sandwich
What a great idea for a breakfast sandwich! A fresh, crispy baguette, drizzled with hummus and filled with a delicious salad made of apple and veggies. Serve it with a touch of sunflower seeds, for an extra crunch, and a bit of cottage cheese. You’ll be asking us where’s the meat, but this sandwich is so nice and fresh, it really doesn’t need any.
7. Slow-cooked rib sandwich
National Sandwich Day is a special day, so let's put that slow cooker to good use. Let's make some slow cooked ribs and serve them in a special manner, like this sandwich we got over here. Make sure you're patient and cook them for about 4 hours, to make that juicy meat fall right off the bone.
8. Caprese omelet sandwich
Caprese is a classic Italian salad, that has a few star ingredients. These are tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Here we have cooked them on the stove with a few eggs and served them in pita bread. A small twist on a classic recipe, one we invite you to try.
9. Duck breast sandwich
The best sandwiches require the best meats, and we think duck breast is right there on top! You’ll also need some other ingredients, so add in some mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and some peanuts, if you want a bit of crunch. Also, don’t forget the seasonings, and, of course, good bread!
10. Mortadella and cheese muffuletta sandwich
The muffuletta has two meanings. It is a type of sesame crusted bread from Sicily and at the same time a popular sandwich from New Orleans. We've made ours with olive and caper salad, mortadella, mozzarella, salami, and cheese slices. So, if you're a fan of layered, savory sandwiches, this one is for you!