A butty and a spot of tea, please
Have you ever wondered why the hand-held meal of a savory filling tucked between two pieces of bread is called a sandwich? Legend has it that while playing cards one day, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, asked his valet to bring him a meal of meat in between two pieces of bread. He liked eating this way because he could enjoy his meal without a fork and still keep his cards grease-free—and he didn’t have to stop the card game to satisfy his hunger.1
The idea caught on, and the rest is history! Today there are endless sandwich options and it’s easily one of the most popular, quick and easy meals to eat and make.
The week of May 11 is British Sandwich week, but since sandwiches (or butties, as they are sometimes called in England) are loved around the globe, there’s no need to keep the celebrations contained within the United Kingdom. We can all get in on the sandwich action!
The best way to celebrate British Sandwich week is, of course, to eat sandwiches. But don’t feel that you need to stick to the same old PB&J, grilled cheese or tuna salad (unless you want to, of course!). Do some research, experiment a little and turn the humble sandwich into a culinary masterpiece your whole family will love.
She Knows has five deliciously unique sandwich ideas, including grilled chicken breast with rosemary aioli, a Portobello picnic sandwich, and an avocado and lime chickpea salad wrap (because you don’t have to just stick with bread!).
Check out Chow for 31 mouth-watering sandwich ideas that include the Parisian panino with melted cheese, olive tapenade and crusty bread; the bourbon steak sandwich with roasted peppers, tarragon mayo and provolone on ciabatta; and the triple-pork club sandwich with homemade bacon mayo.
For some comforting hot sandwich recipes, visit Taste Of Home and find out how to make apple-curry tuna melts, asparagus brunch pockets, bacon ‘n egg sandwiches, and baked lasagna in a bun.
Unless a sandwich is really big and rich, soup or salad is often served alongside of it to make it a larger and more complete meal. Check out Food Network for 50 great soup ideas, and 50 simple salad recipes.
Given how simple it usually is to get a kid to eat a sandwich—and how much adults love the convenience of a quick, hand-held meal—it’s easy to understand why the British honor the humble butty with a week-long celebration. It’s the best thing since, well, sliced bread!
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