While the concept of the sandwich has been around since ancient times, most food historians attribute this tasty creation to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. He was an Englishman who loved to gamble.
According to history, the Earl wanted his cook to make him food that would not interfere with this 24-hour gambling streak. The cook then presented him with sliced meat held between two pieces of toast. Thus, the sandwich was born.
Since the first recorded history of the sandwich, it has evolved quite a bit. Today, there are a wide array of sandwiches around the world. Keep reading to learn about some of the most delicious and most interesting and where you can find them.
1. The Smorrebrod from Denmark
It’s safe to assume this may be where the term smorgasbord originates from because this is a sandwich where anything goes – anything! Originally called a Smor og Bord, which translated to “butter and bread”, the name is now combined.
This sandwich usually consists of a piece of buttered rye bread that’s topped with… something. While it is true that anything goes with this sandwich, a favorite in Denmark is a pickled herring Smorrebrod.
2. The Medianoche from Cuba
Any food that’s specifically designed to serve as post-bar consumption is going to be a winner. Medianoche translates to “midnight,” and it’s a late-night favorite.
While you can find this sandwich in the clubs around Havana, you may also be able to find this sammie stateside at this Cuban restaurant.
In the past, this particular sandwich was a go-to option for workers in cigar and sugar factories who were working overnight. It’s made from a soft egg roll that’s then grilled. The ingredient list is interesting, including cheese, ham, more cheese, mustard, pickles, ham, and Swiss.
3. The Vegemite Sandwich from Australia
Vegemite isn’t very appealing to look at. This sandwich isn’t too appealing – visually – either. When it’s described, you may still be less than impressed, but for Aussies, it’s a breakfast time favorite. In fact, it’s almost as popular as the Aussie meat pie.
Essentially, this sandwich consists of toast that’s smeared with a brown paste that’s made from leftover yeast extract, which is a by-product of making beer. While the description and look may not be too appealing, Vegemite is one of the richest sources of vitamin B.
4. The Chip Butty from England
This is a sandwich that’s as fun to eat as it is to say. The Chip Butty is unique, as it consists of no meat. All you get is ketchup, fries, and bread – that’s it.
Also, the word “butty” has nothing to do with your rear. In fact, it’s actually a contraction of the words “bread and butter.”
5. The Leberkas Semmel from Germany
When you think of the Germans, you may imagine individuals who are extremely precise. While this is often true, it turns out they have somewhat of a prankster side, as well.
Translated, “Leberkase” literally means liver cheese – which doesn’t sound too appealing, right? In reality, though, this sandwich doesn’t include either of these two ingredients – and most agree it’s pretty good.
Most people eat it with sweet mustard and compare it to mom’s meatloaf, served on a Kaiser roll.
6. The Chacarero from Chile
The Chacarero is made from a piece of thinly sliced and grilled churrasco-style steak. It’s placed on a round roll and green beans, peppers, and tomatoes are added.
Some wonder if it was Chile that invented the trend of farm-to-table due to this sandwich. After all, chacra actually means farm and it refers to the farm-fresh fixings of the chacarero.
7. The PB and J from the USA
You know what’s in this classic from the name. However, did you know that this tasty sandwich you have eaten since childhood is considered extremely odd in Europe?
In fact, the average European consumes less than one tablespoon of peanut butter each year.
8. The Donkey Burger from China
This is exactly what the name implies – it’s a burro on a bun.
This dish is typically served cold. It’s a local specialty in the Hebei province where there is an old saying – “In heaven, there’s dragon meat, on Earth, there’s donkey meat.”
9. The Croque Monsieur from France
This sandwich is similar to something American, but much fancier. Essentially, it is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich made with Gruyere or Emmental. Also, the cheese is placed on the top of the bread.
This particular sandwich originated in French bars and cafes as a popular snack around the year 1910. It also has a proud literary heritage, with the earliest mention being in the second volume of “In Search of Lost Time” by Proust.
10. The Francesinha from Portugal
This is similar to a shiny lasagna that’s floating on oil. It’s made out of steak, chipolata sausage, linguica, ham, and bread, all covered in melted cheese and then drenched in a tasty beer sauce. Most makers keep their sauce a secret.
This sandwich is often called the “Little Frenchie,” and originally created in the 1960s.
Sandwiches Around the World: What’s Your Favorite?
As you can see, when it comes to sandwiches around the world, there are more than a few options to choose from. Why not try them all?
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