Sandwiches

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Reuben on rye from Katz's Deli in New York City © flickr.com - Ernesto Andrade/cc-by-2.0

Reuben on rye Katz’s Deli in New York City © flickr.com – Ernesto Andrade/cc-by-2.0

A sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein bread serves as a container or wrapper for another food type. The sandwich began as a portable, convenient finger food in the Western world, though over time it has become prevalent worldwide.

In the 21st century there has been considerable debate over the precise definition of sandwich, and specifically whether a hot dog or open sandwich can be categorized as such. In the United States, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are the responsible agencies. The USDA uses the definition, “at least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50% bread” for closed sandwiches, and “at least 50% cooked meat” for open sandwiches. In Britain, the British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as “any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold”, a definition which includes wraps and bagels, but excludes dishes assembled and served hot, such as burgers.

Sandwich-Ham_pastrami-and_corned_beef_on_an_onion_roll-flickr_com-jeffreyw-cc-by-2.0 Reuben on rye from Katz's Deli in New York City © flickr.com - Ernesto Andrade/cc-by-2.0 Club sandwich in Preston, UK © Memm/cc-by-3.0 BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich with mayo, pickles, squeeze cheese, doritos, and ham © flickr.com - D. Sharon Pruitt/cc-by-2.0 Grilled ham 'n cheese © flickr.com - jeffreyw/cc-by-2.0 Lobster Grilled Cheese from Joey's Global Grill © flickr.com - Mack Male/cc-by-sa-2.0 Sandwich shop in Paris © Per Palmkvist Knudsen/cc-by-sa-2.5 Hot pastrami and Swiss cheese sandwich © flickr.com - jeffreyw/cc-by-2.0
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BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich with mayo, pickles, squeeze cheese, doritos, and ham © flickr.com - D. Sharon Pruitt/cc-by-2.0
Sandwiches are a popular type of lunch food, taken to work, school, or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. The bread may be plain or be coated with condiments, such as mayonnaise or mustard, to enhance its flavour and texture. As well as being homemade, sandwiches are also widely sold in various retail outlets and can be served hot or cold. There are both savoury sandwiches, such as deli meat sandwiches, and sweet sandwiches, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The sandwich is named after its supposed inventor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Wall Street Journal has described it as Britain’s “biggest contribution to gastronomy“. The modern concept of a sandwich using slices of bread as found within the West can arguably be traced to 18th-century Europe. However, the use of some kind of bread or bread-like substance to lie under (or under and over) some other food, or used to scoop up and enclose or wrap some other type of food, long predates the eighteenth century, and is found in numerous much older cultures worldwide.

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