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NY Pastrami Sandwich (1)


November 3rd is ‘National Sandwich Day’.  The Sandwich is a very popular and almost necessary food here in the United States.  Its creation is usually credited to the ‘Earl of Sandwich’, John Montague.  It is said that the Earl loved gambling so much so that he did not want to stop playing and that he requested the servers to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread.  Thus, the ‘Sandwich’ was born.  Whether or not this is true, the legend lives on and the Sandwich itself has grown to mamoth proportions.  Not necessarily in size, but certainly in variety.

Undoubtedly, the most popular sandwich in America today is the Hamburger.  The history of the Hamburger is in itself another story.  Our sandwiches can range from the humble Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich to the lately popular Panini which needs a special iron to be made.  There are Breakfast Sandwiches consisting of Eggs and Bacon or Eggs, Sausage and Cheese.  There are Cheese Sandwiches, Roast Beef Sandwiches, etc., etc.

The all popular deli sandwich from New York which has made its way completely across the country and then some would be a Hot Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich, consisting of so much meet on two slices of rye or inside a roll that it would actually feed two or more people.  One could go on and on about sandwiches;  the list is never-ending.  Listed below are some popular sandwich fillings, their spreads and toppings.


FILLING:                                      SPREAD                               TOPPINGS:

Roast Beef                                   Mayo & Mustard                      Lettuce & Tomatoes, Pickles

Ham                                             Mayo & Mustard                      Cheese

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Cream Cheese & Lox

Egg & Bacon                                Mayo                                      Tomato

Corned Beef                                Mustard                                  Cole Slaw

Pastrami                                     Mustard                                  Swiss Cheese

Liverwurst                                  Mayo                                       Sliced Onion

Burgers                                      Thousand Island                     Tomato & Lettuce

Cheeseburger                            Thousand Island                     Lettuce & Tomato, Onion

Grilled Cheese                            Butter (Jelly in some parts)

Tuna Salad                                 Mayo                                        Pickels & Lettuce

BLT                                             Mayo


On and On we can go with no stopping in sight.  What is your favorite sandwich?  Or does it vary with the time of day and year?  My all-Time favorite Sandwich is Lox and Cream Cheese on a Water Bagel. (From Western Bagel -no New York Bagels for me)

My next favorite sandwich would beRARE Roast Beefwith Mayo & Mustard and Lettuce, Tomato and Pickles.  I also love good Cole Slaw with my sandwiches and Potato Chips with some.

Roast Beef Sandwich




Sandwiches can be made big or small, dainty or hearty.  The dainty variety are usually Finger Sandwiches which are sometimes served for ‘Tea’ or for Bridal or Baby Showers.




Whichever way they are made or whichever is your favorite, the Sandwich is certainly here to stay as it affords a convenient and tasty way to eat.  They are especially good in lunch boxes and on picnics.

So enjoy a Sandwich today on ‘National Sandwich Day’.



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