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Po'Boy sandwich

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Sandwiches are generally two slices of bread, with other food in between. They are named after the Earl of Sandwich.

When serving sandwiches at a dinner party, they should be triangular, easily held between a finger and thumb, and have all crusts removed. Typical fillings for such sandwiches are smoked salmon, or cucumber. At a sandwich buffet, cocktail sticks are often stuck through the sandwiches, making them easier to lift by partygoers.

There are various slang terms for a sandwich, such as butty and sarnie.

There are many possible fillings for a savoury sandwich, including bacon, turkey, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, pastrami, corned beef, pickles, tongue, fried clams, fried fish, ham, olives, cheese, tuna, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Sweet sandwiches typically include a combination of peanut butter, honey, or jam.

A Technical Definition of a Sandwich, For the Reader’s Amusement[edit]

  1. A sandwich must contain at least one piece of bread which, prior to assembling the sandwich, has been sliced, cut, or pulled open.
  2. All of the filling ingredients of a sandwich must, prior to assembly of the sandwich, be edible (i.e: previously cooked, if needed).
  3. Assembly of a sandwich involves putting sandwich filling ingredients of the cook's choice:
    1. in a pocket or slot, which has been cut or pulled open in the bread (for example in a bun or a bread roll),
    2. between two (or more) pieces of sliced bread (which may be a bun or a bread roll sliced entirely in half),
    3. or, at the very least, on top of one piece of sliced bread.
  4. A sandwich should be capable of being eaten, as is, after it is assembled, although some recipes may call for further steps before serving.
  5. Sandwiches should be designed to allow them to be picked up and eaten by hand, without utensils, although there are few limited exceptions to this requirement.
  • The definition excludes food items in which uncut breads (such as tortillas or crepes) are:
    • wrapped around the ingredients (for example, as in a burrito), which are considered wraps or rolls, instead of sandwiches; or
    • folded around the ingredients (for example, as in a taco, which is a class of food items in its own right.)
  • The definition includes sausage-on-a-bun and hot dogs, although these items are not commonly referred to as sandwiches.
  • In a wider sense, the word ‘sandwich’ can mean ‘any assembly of one thing between two other things’. In that sense the term sandwich is applied to a wider variety of foods, including ice cream sandwiches ‘sandwich cookies,’ and, perhaps, quesadillas, which meets many of the requirements for being a sandwich, although it is cut only after it has been prepared.

Sandwich recipes[edit]

Reuben sandwich

The earliest example of the fish finger sandwich being created is probably during early 1981 when a nursing assistant, Dean Bevan (then Wilkinson), at the old county psychiatric hospital of St Audry's in Melton, Suffolk found that he regularly had a lot of fish fingers left over following serving the patients breakfast. He discovered that although fish fingers were not particularly popular as a breakfast food, nevertheless, the kitchen served them each morning. So, rather than throw them away he decided to try them as a sandwich snack for his colleagues. Initially they simply consisted of four fish fingers between two slices of white bread along with a little tomato ketchup. They eventually proved popular with nursing staff and it seems quite likely that news of this simple, tasty snack spread by word of mouth and became popular throughout the UK. If anyone has earlier evidence of fish fingers being used in this way then they should include it in this article otherwise it would seem unfair to remove this entry without supporting evidence that can cite fish finger sandwich use prior to 1981.

Dean Bevan