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Music – “Sandwiches Are Beautiful” from Weird & Wacky Songs for Kids by Bob King. Released: 2005
John Montagu, a British statesman and 4th Earl of Sandwich, had many titles, but he is best known as the purported inventor of the now prevalent sandwich. There are lots of myths surrounding his invention, but the most common and perhaps the most popular suggests that the Earl was engaged in a heated and prolonged gambling session and asked for bread and meat to be brought to the table, whereupon he placed the meat between two slices of bread and ‘Voila!’, the sandwich was born.
Eventually, others would order the servants to bring “the same as Sandwich!” Thus was born the sandwich, at least that’s the popular version.
According to http://www.fillyourplate.com, Americans alone consume about 300 million sandwiches each day, in other words, one for each individual. I eat a sandwich about twice a month, so someone out there must be taking up the slack for me. The sandwich even has it’s own recognized day: November 3rd (sandwiched (pardon the pun) between Deviled Egg Day and King Tut Day).
To date (2005), the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sandwich is attributed to Wild Woody’s Chill & Grill, in Roseville, Michigan, with a sandwich weighing 5,440 pounds. It was 12 feet long by 12 feet wide and 17.5 inches thick. No indication of how many people feasted on it.
Since the sandwich is so popular, I looked through a number of my older cookbooks, which feature chapters on sandwiches. The diversity of fillings is amazing, and in some cases, downright offputting! Consider the following sandwich suggestions:
Spinach, Liver & Brains Sandwich
Baked Beans & Chili Sauce Sandwich
Surprise Loaf (anything goes)
Cucumber and Almond Sandwich
Apricot & Horseradish Sandwich
Grapenuts Sandwich (yes, the cereal!)(Grapenuts, grated cheese, mustard, catsup, paprika, Tabasco)
Deviled Peanut Sandwich (deviled ham, ground peanuts, pickles, mayo)
Date & Peanut Sandwich
Peanut Butter &
Cheese & Ginger Sandwich (cream cheese, candied ginger)
Fruit Filling Sandwich (raisins, coconut, nuts, cream)
Cottage Cheese Sandwich (cottage cheese, beaten eggs, catsup, bacon)
Cabbage & Peanut Butter Sandwich
Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar, Plum Jelly, Sliced Olives, Catsup, Chopped Bacon Sandwich
Creamed Karo Sandwich (Karo corn syrup boiled until creamy)
Cream Cheese & Maraschino Cherry Sandwich
Rice Sandwich (Crisco, rice, mace, lemon peel, chopped liver, chopped ham)
Hudson Sandwich (Crisco, cooked meat, olives, eggs, pickled shrimps)
Fig Sandwich (chopped figs, sugar, water, lemon juice – boil until thick)
Potato Salad & Sliced Ham Sandwich
Two-Course Sandwich (corned beef, coleslaw, horseradish, milk, crushed pineapple, dates, pickles)
Baked Beans & Salami Sandwich
Cannibal Sandwich (chopped raw beef, minced onion)
Dagwood Sandwich (use up the fridge contents: meat, fish, cheese, poultry, jelly, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, beans, pickles, olives, pickled beets, catchup, mayo, horseradish, & whatever else is left!)
I saved the best for the last. How about a “Fruit-Nut Sandwich” with dried figs, salt, ground dates, chopped nuts, cinnamon, lemon juice and “Minute Tapioca”?
With so many possible combinations and permutations, anything goes into a sandwich. I have a cousin who used to live on liverwurst and sliced green grape sandwiches. Whatever. Don’t forget to mark November 3rd, 2014 on your calendar and celebrate with your favourite sandwich to honour the day!
“The New Art” (General Electric Kitchen Institute, 1935)
“Carnation Cook Book” (Mary Blake, 1937)
“The Household Searchlight Recipe Book” (The Household Magazine, 1938)
“Brewster Book of Recipes” (Brewster Congregational Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1921)
“Mary Dunbar’s Cook Book” (Home Service Division, Jewel Tea Co. 1927)
“Making the Most of Your Electrolux” (Electrolux Refrigerator Sales, 1934)
“Granddaughter’s Inglenook Cookbook” (Brethren Publishing House, 1946)
“The Modern Method of Preparing Delightful Foods” (Ida Bailey Allen, 1927)
“Women’s Home Companion Cook Book” (1943)
“A Modern Manual of Cooking” (Marion Harris Neil, 1921)
“A Book for a Cook” (Pillsbury, 1905)
“Good Housekeepings Book of Breads & Sandwiches” (1958)
“A Cook’s Tour with Minute Tapioca” (Minute Tapioca Co., 1929)