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National Sandwich Month

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Did you know that August is National Sandwich Month? Sandwiches are one of my go-to snacks and favorite lunches of all time just because there are so many different combinations. The sandwich has been around for a long time and was actually discovered by an ancient Jewish rabbi named Hillel the Elder during a Passover meal when he put bitter herbs in between two pieces of matzo.

The sandwich first appeared in the United States at dinner because it was a quick and easy meal to throw together. Who doesn’t love quick and easy? The word sandwich even has some history behind is as it originated in London by an English nobleman, John Mantagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. When he became hungry during a gambling match, he asked the waitress for roast beef in between two slices of bread. When the other gamblers began to get hungry, they would tell the waitress they wanted “the same as Sandwich.” 

The great thing about a sandwich is that it can be crafted in so many creative ways and can be served at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or for a simple snack! There is no wrong way to make or eat a sandwich! You can enjoy them hot or cold, and can use all different types of breads, meats, vegetables, and sauces to create a variety of sandwiches.

What’s your favorite sandwich? Check out some of these combinations and mix and match to create your perfect sandwich:

  • Roast turkey, cheddar, and cranberry panini
  • Cream cheese, apple, and walnuts
  • Egg, spinach, swiss, and tomato
  • Cucumber and hummus
  • Chicken, olive, scallion, jalapeno, and cumin
  • Rib eye, blue cheese, arugula, and wild mushrooms
  • Pork, pesto, and provolone panini
  • Avocado, tomato, red onion, sprouts, and vinaigrette
  • Tuna, tomato, lettuce, avocado, and sriracha
  • Eggplant, zucchini, tomato, basil arugula, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Tofu, guacamole, peppers, and salsa

 

Try the above combinations on your choice of these wholesome breads:

  • Rye
  • Whole grain
  • Whole wheat
  • Oat bread
  • Pumpernickel
  • Multi grain

 

There’s no wrong way to eat or make a sandwich, so have fun with it! Happy National Sandwich Month!

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