Continuing with celebrating our favorite foods this week, today is no exception. Cathy Isom has us honoring one of America’s most popular lunchtime foods. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Friday, November 3rd is National Sandwich Day. Ever wonder where the name originated from this popular lunchtime food? This ultimate convenience food was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.
Lord Sandwich was an 18th-century British statesman. Rumor has it that he was a very conversant gambler and did not like to take meal breaks while playing cards. He ordered his servants to bring him slices of meat between two pieces of bread which he could eat at the gambling table without using a fork, and without getting his cards greasy. Fellow gamblers began to order “the same as Sandwich”. (Historical Source: https://www.basketballinsiders.com/online-casinos/ny/)
In the United States, the term “sandwich” is more widely defined, it also refers to types of food that include an entire bread or bun cut in halves such as hamburger, hot dog, or submarine sandwich.
Sandwiches are a popular type of lunch food typically taken to school, work, or picnics as part of packed lunch. The most popular varieties of American sandwich include but are not limited to BLT, club sandwich, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sloppy joe, French dip, Italian beef, and others.
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