It's National Sandwich Day!

Nov 03, 2017

it's national sandwich day

These days, it seems like there's a day on the calendar for every cause. National Sandwich Day, however, will be far from your everyday Friday in 2017. People everywhere will be donning their best between-bread dishes in honor of the menu item that's made the most of any kind of ingredient you can imagine.

The History of National Sandwich Day

Sandwich -- originally named Sondwic -- is a town in South East England. As the story goes, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was a lover of card games. Back in the 1700s, when the earl was chieftain of his town, it wasn't uncommon for people to eat with their fingers. It's said that Montagu didn't want to use a fork for his meals, but he also didn't want grease-laden fingers making his cards gooey.

His solution?

Putting meat between two slices of bread would allow him to continue his games uninterrupted while simultaneously staving away hunger and greasy fingers. As word got around, people began ordering food "the same as Sandwich," which eventually simply became "sandwich."

Today, this culinary delight is a single word for any number of culinary combinations.

Sandwiches Worthy of Attention on National Sandwich Day

From simple and classic to weird and who-thought-of-that, National Sandwich Day is the perfect time to put your ideas between two pieces of bread!

1. Chipotle Pulled Portobello Sandwiches with Feta Cilantro Topping

Nobody said meat-eaters have to have all the fun. In fact, this veggie version of a pulled pork sammy will put its meaty counterpart to shame in a kitchen competition!

2. Sweet & Spicy Apple Cheddar Panini

This sandwich is like a grown-up's version of a grilled cheese. It does great all by itself, but if you're looking to pump it up with a bit of protein, it plays really well with poultry. Opt for some Thanksgiving-like turkey meat for an optimal add-on.

3. Chicken Waldorf Sandwiches

This sandwich is your cure for the cold-sammy blues. For a boost of bolder taste, opt for rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store. It makes this meal much easier to make -- plus, it'll take your between-bread build straight to Flavor Town. 

Don't let your favorite sandwich recipes go unnoticed on this national day of recognition! Share the reasons your kitchen's beloved bread takes on a new twist by sharing your go-to gourmet sandwich inspirations in the comments below!

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