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.
A Technical Definition of a Sandwich, For the Reader’s Amusement
- A sandwich must contain at least one piece of bread which, prior to assembling the sandwich, has been sliced, cut, or pulled open.
- All of the filling ingredients of a sandwich must, prior to assembly of the sandwich, be edible (i.e: previously cooked, if needed).
- Assembly of a sandwich involves putting sandwich filling ingredients of the cook's choice:
- in a pocket or slot, which has been cut or pulled open in the bread (for example in a bun or a bread roll),
- between two (or more) pieces of sliced bread (which may be a bun or a bread roll sliced entirely in half),
- or, at the very least, on top of one piece of sliced bread.
- A sandwich should be capable of being eaten, as is, after it is assembled, although some recipes may call for further steps before serving.
- 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.
- Baloney Sandwich
- Bánh mì – Vietnamese
- BLT Sandwich
- Bulgher Burger
- Chip Butty
- Cucumber Sprout Sandwich
- Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
- Au Jus Sandwiches
- Garlic, Tomato and Cheddar Sandwich
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Hamburger (see also Barbecuing)
- Jam sandwich
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Po' Boy
- Red Devils
- Reuben Sandwich
- Sandwich Layered Cake
- Toasted Cheese Sandwich