August 8: National Sandwich Month
Although there is some evidence that the sandwich dates back as far as the 1st Century B.C., the word sandwich actually refers to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich in 1762.
He loved gambling and rarely stopped for a full meal. Story has it that he requested a piece of meat between two slices of bread to eat on the run. Others saw how practical this new way of eating was, and thus the sandwich was born.
The sandwich hit the United States in 1827, when Elizabeth Leslie published her cookbook, Directions for Cookery, which included a ham sandwich as a main dish. It was immediately popular giving an easy, portable meal for workers and schoolchildren alike.
By the 1900s, bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, so that sandwiches were easy to create.
How well do you know your sandwiches?
What is the name of an overstuffed sandwich made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread?
Pastrami on rye
What is the name of the sandwich that consists of sliced ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on crusty white bread?
Which sandwich has shaved spit-roasted lamb, chicken, or beef, served in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, and tahini sauce?
What’s your favorite sandwich?