National Sandwich Day
November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, or as we say in Chicago, sanguich or sammich.
The sandwich. Slices of bread with food in between. There are many tales of the origin of this wonderful dish. No matter its history, America made the sandwich famous.
From the humble slice of baloney between two slices of bread to the meals on a bun like the Chicago style hot dog or Italian beef. PB&J, bread and butter, grilled cheese, tomato, bacon, and lettuce, hamburgers, subs, the listen sandwich (Pig ear), and the list can go on and on.
There are salad sandwiches. Chicken and tuna salad, with all their variations.
The featured sandwich above is based on an antipasto salad from one of Chicago’s legacy Italian restaurants.
There are more variations of grilled cheese than you can count, some using great expensive cheeses.
The humble sandwich has been elevated to a cuisine of its own. Cooks and chefs create a multitude of variations.
Before sandwich and burger chains, the diner, sandwich shop, or deli ran the table with various creations. Monte Christos, Reubens, chopped steak, triple-decker clubs, corned beef or pastrami, sliced thin and piled high on rye.
Open face sandwiches used to be popular in old-school diners. Usually drenched in some kind of gravy or sauce. These you ate with a fork and knife.
Even the hamburger has been elevated from mere eating to dining. Toppings The include eggs, pulled pork, different types of greens, sauces, and other gimmicks.
The invention of sliced bread made the sandwich one of the most popular treats in America.
Now the bread or buns are as important as the fillings. From squishy American white to artisanal bread and buns.
So, go out there and eat a sandwich, sanguich, or sammich.
Do your patriotic duty. Whether it is bread and butter, fried baloney, or some total gut-busting meal on a bun. I
t is the right thing to do. It is the patriotic thing to do. It is the American thing to do.
Enjoy a sandwich on National Sandwich Day.