Sandwich Recipes from Around the World
You’d be hard pressed to find a meal as classic as the sandwich. The sandwich was likely popularized in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (a town in England). The story goes that he was so fond of gambling that he asked his cook to bring him something that he could eat right at the card table. Thus, the sandwich was born! It then quickly became popular in London society circles. Despite being popularized in England, it’s likely that Montagu was inspired by his travels to the Mediterranean, where dips, cheeses, and meats are frequently served on and “sandwiched” with bread.
Today, the sandwich has evolved into countless iterations across many cultures. Since August is National Sandwich month, we want to share a few delicious variations of sandwich recipes from around the world.
The arepa sandwich originates from Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama - but this recipe more closely resembles the Venezuelan variety. Guacamole, smoky black beans, and sweet roasted plantains are sandwiched between cornmeal cakes. In other words, it’s delicious and vegan. What’s more, it takes just about 30 minutes to whip up in the kitchen.
Summed up, the Bocadillo El Camino is a Spanish omelette sandwich. Eggs and potatoes are flavored with allioli (the Catalonian version of aioli) and sandwiched between sweet baguettes. This sandwich is savory and perfect for a filling meal on the go.
There is a sandwich, and then there is the francesinha. This famous sandwich is basically the soul food of Portugal. It’s made with a variety of meats, like sausage, ham, and steak. Then, it’s sandwiched between white bread and topped with melted cheese and a fried egg. The showstopper sauce is a beer gravy, perfect for dipping fries.
This American classic from New Orleans, Louisiana has a name that likely references the fact that it was consumed by “poor boys”. Believe it or not, crustaceans and mollusks were considered low class food back in the day! My, how times have changed. This po’boy has crispy shrimp (with a kick) and tangy remoulade, all between crispy french bread. Overall, it creates a creamy, tangy, and savory mouthful of flavor.
Sandwiches are much more than a couple slices of bread with something in the middle. They have been shaped by various cultures and morphed into regional delicacies and culinary statements. Next time, skip the PB&J and give one of these delicious variations a try.