Sir Hamwhich Cheddah invented the sandwich in 1834, just outside Sandwich, Kent, England. Sir Cheddah lived in between a bakery and a beef farm, one day realizing that he could combine the two and streamline his dining experience, giving him more time for further food inventions.
Okay, all of that may not be true, but you never know.
Making sandwiches may not be a culinary art, but you sure can’t beat a good one. My usual go-to sandwich is turkey, American cheese, mayonnaise and mustard in between to slices of bread. Kind of plain, but it does the job. Sometimes you need to do more than just “the job” though. Sometimes you need to create something so spectacular your taste buds start doing somersaults just at the idea of it. That’s where the following ideas come from.
My grandfather (Papa) worked on the railroad back when there wasn’t much else to do in our little town. The majority of his meals were those made and carried on board himself, so sandwiches it was. After eating the same old, same old for so long it was time for him to try a new bread surrounded dish. I’ve been told about some of these but I’ve only tried one of them. The peanut butter and bologna sandwich was born out of taste bud boredom, and you know what? It ain’t that half bad.
Moving on to something that may be a bit more appealing, and closer to home. A couple different sandwiches that I thoroughly enjoy came from the brain of my Mother. The first, being a bit simpler, is the grilled tomato and cheese. When I do grilled cheese…I do grilled CHEESE. I use three to four different kinds, cause there is nothing better than cheese. Adding tomato to the sandwich allows us to skip the tomato soup. I’ve also added pickles to this sandwich. Bread and butter, or dill both seem to work for me.
Let’s get closer to the wild side, bringing us to a “leftover” sandwich, but not just any kind of leftover sandwich. I’m talking about the spaghetti sandwich. What? Never had one? Shame on you. So, how do you make a spaghetti sandwich? Easy. Take out leftover spaghetti from fridge, place on counter. Retrieve plate, place next to spaghetti container. Place two pieces of bread on the plate. Spoon, or fork, a healthy amount of spaghetti onto a piece of the bread. If you choose, place a piece of cheese on top of the spaghetti. (I always choose to) Place other piece of bread on top. Eat.
The finale sandwich is one that evolved into an idea…and that idea evolved into real life awesomeness. I’m of course talking about the post-Thanksgiving Day sandwich. Now, a plain type a person would take leftover turkey, put it between two slices of bread with mayo, salt and pepper. I think we can do better than that. When you have leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes like we do, you tend to want to use them. First, you need to warm up the stuffing and the potatoes. If you want to eat your sandwich with a fork make sure to warm up the gravy too. This sandwich is quite a bit more substantial so we need to toast the bread first. Then, start the layering. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, salt, pepper…this sandwich could be endless. Not very often, but sometimes we have leftover deviled eggs. You can throw those on the sandwich too.
What kind of sandwiches do you prefer to eat?
Inspired by this post by Go Jules Go. Sandwich art is the best.