Sandwich Facts You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

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The sandwich, while not officially named until the 18th century, started thousands of years ago when a rabbi put herbs between two pieces of matzoh. Is your sandwich knowledge only enough to fit between two pieces of bread or can you pile it high? Test your skills.

Who invented the sandwich?

The John who is credited for the sandwich was an English aristocrat named John Montagu. He was a big gambler, and wanted his cook to prepare something where he didn't have to leave the table and could keep gambling. He could eat a sandwich one-handed with no utensils.

Who made the Monte Cristo sandwich famous in the United States?

Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, may have contributed in the naming process, but it was Disney that introduced this sandwich to the masses. They featureed it in their Tahitian Terrace and Blue Bayou restaurants in Disneyland.

What meats are key ingredients on a muffuletta?

This sandwich was created by Italian immigrants in 1906. They piled their tasty meats on a round loaf of Italian bread and filled it with a spicy olive and pimiento spread.

What is NOT another name for a hero sandwich?

Common nicknames for the hero sandwich are grinder, hoagie or sub sandwich.

What is the record for the largest, open-faced sandwich?

On November 19, 2011, T-bones Roadhouse in Plymouth Mass. created this 2.359-pound (1,070-kilogram) pulled pork sandwich at the New England Food Festival. T-bones broke the previous record of 1,652 pounds (749 kilograms).

True or False? The Philly cheesesteak was invented at a pizza restaurant.

The Philly cheesesteak was actually invented by Pat Olivieri, a hot dog vendor who put beef on his grill. This got the attention of a passing cab driver, and the sandwich was such a hit, word quickly spread to other cabbies.

In 18th century England, sandwiches were primarily for what group of people?

Sandwiches were an item, typically eaten by men during late night drinking get-togethers. Because you didn't need silverware or even two hands, sandwiches were a great, late-night one-handed snack.

The famous Stage Deli in New York city got its start, catering to what performers at what place?

The Stage Deli, opened by Max Asnas, was originally located at Broadway and 48th Street, so its primary clientele were Broadway actors. Asnas reputedly had a brusque manner that his customers enjoyed.

Who first patented the peanut butter making process?

Indeed, John H. Kellogg, of Kellogg cereal fame, first patented the process of making peanut butter. Lucky for him, as this product took off in the 1920s, around the time sliced bread was invented.

True or False? There really was an Earl of Sandwich.

The same John Montagu who is credited with the sandwich was an English aristocrat, also known as the Earl of Sandwich. His buddy, Captain James Cook renamed the Hawaiian Islands, calling them the Sandwich Islands, for Montagu.

How many peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (PB&J) will the average American eat by the time he or she graduates high school?

That's about 115 sandwiches every year from Kindergarten through 12th grade. This sandwich that gained popularity in the 1920s has never lost its appeal.

What did NOT contribute to the rise of the sandwich in the early 1900's?

Bakeries began selling pre-sliced bread which made sandwiches very easy to create and items like the PB&J were extremely popular during the depression because of the nutrition and low cost.

What are the main ingredients on a Cuban sandwich?

A traditional Cuban, such as one made in Miami, has pork, ham, cheese and pickles pressed or served at room temperature. Butter and mustard are also options. This sandwich doesn't usually have traditional toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes or mayonnaise.

True or False? The phrase, BLT, originated during World War II as mess hall abbreviation.

Most likely, this sandwich got its name from waitresses at diners and lunch counters. BLT was their verbal abbreviation when calling out orders -- way before we did anything on a computer!

Where did the name "sub sandwich" originate?

A naval submarine base near New London, Conn. placed an order for 500 hero sandwiches from a local deli during World War II. Employees at that deli called the sandwiches "subs" from then on.

In the early days of sandwiches, what was the main difference between American and English sandwiches?

After the Earl of Sandwich and his cronies, sandwiches became more popular. In England, the main staple was beef while across the pond in the United States, you would typically find ham.

What are reasons people don't always like to serve sandwiches for dinner?

Dinner is the main source of vegetables for most people, and it is hard to get a full serving into a sandwich -- however, be creative. Also, leave off the potato chips or french fries as a side item and serve veggies or fruits to raise your health score.

True or False? Subway has more franchises than McDonald's.

At the end of 2010, Subway had 33,959 locations, beating McDonald's with only 32,373. However, McDonald's had five times more revenue.

Where was the Sloppy Joe created?

The story goes that this sandwich was first made in 1939 in Sioux City, Iowa. A cook, named Joe of course, combined ground beef, onions, peppers and ketchup, put it on a hamburger bun and the Sloppy Joe was born.

What is the favorite sandwich of musical legend, Elvis Presley?

The King put this sandwich on the map, calling it a "peanut butter and 'nanner" sandwich. You make it by spreading peanut butter on one side, mashing the banana and spreading it on the other slice of bread, and grilling the whole thing in a stick of melted butter.

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