History of Sandwich Day & Sandwiches

November 3, 2017

Celebrating Sandwich Day is a wondrous delight, all you need to do is get in and make yourself every kind of sandwich you can imagine. Breakfast can start with bacon egg and cheese on a bagel (Bagel Sandwich!), while lunch can be a Whopper from Burger King (Hamburger Sandwich!) with dinner being Bacon Lettuce and Tomato with Mayo on Sourdough! (BLT Sandwich!). It’s really as simple as that, though if you’re feeling experimental, Sandwich Day is the best time to create something new!

Sandwich Day is an annual nonofficial holiday which falls on November 3rd. This day is used to commemorate and celebrate a food that is not only synonymous with convenience but is also one of the world’s most popular and loved food items. It’s a perfect day to grab the type of sandwich you love or try one of the sandwiches that are popular in other parts of the world.  Unfortunately, the origins of Sandwich Day is unknown and has been lost to the sands of time. Most likely, it was created by some sandwich shop that was looking to sell more products. However, the history of sandwiches are well documented.


The history of the sandwich can be traced back to the 18th century when John Montagu – the 4th Earl of Sandwich – put meat between two slices of bread. He did so because he was a heavy gambler and didn’t want to leave the game he was in to eat dinner, so he ordered the servants to bring his food to his table. By putting the meat between two slices of bread, he was able to continue his card game with his other hand while he ate. An act which may have been the biggest contribution to gastronomy since the creation of cheese


Sandwiches from Around the World

While most people are familiar with some of the more popular sandwiches (including the hamburger, ham and cheese, grilled cheese, tuna salad, peanut butter & jelly, and bologna sandwiches). There are an almost infinite variety of sandwiches out there in the world. While I can’t possibly list all of them, I have listed some of the lesser known sandwiches according to country, state or city.


North American Sandwiches

  • Muffaletta Sandwich: Genoa salami, Mortadella, sliced ham, provolone, mozzarella and Coppa piled high on an Italian round bread (preferably muffaletta), garnished with an olive spread and cut into rectangles. This sandwich is popular in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Shrimp Po’ Boy: Fried shrimp served on a buttered bun and garnished with remoulade sauce, tomatoes and pickles. This sandwich is popular all throughout Louisiana.

  • Gerber Sandwich: Garlic buttered french bread topped with ham, Provel (a native St.Louis cheese) and served toasted and open faced. This sandwich was once popular in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • St. Paul Sandwich: Served on white bread, the St.Paul Sandwich is an egg foo young patty served on with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, dill pickles and white onions. A number of varieties can be found (beef, chicken, pork and shrimp) and this sandwich is served at Chinese restaurants all over Missouri.

European Sandwiches

  • Leberkäse semmel: This is a sandwich that is made with bacon, beef, pork and onion served on a semmel roll, made hot and often served with mustard. This sandwich can be found all over Germany.

  • Jambon Beurre: This sandwich is ham, cheese and pickle served on a baguette. Found all across France.

  • Zapiekanka: Sauteed mushrooms, onion and cheese served on an open-face baguette and baked in the oven. When it’s cooled, it is sometimes served with ketchup. Can be found all over Poland.

  • Porilainen: This sandwich is pork sausage served on white bread and covered with veggies. It’s garnished with mayonnaise, a garlic flavoring, and/or mustard or ketchup. It can be found all throughout Finland.

The best way to celebrate Sandwich Day is by having one of your favorite sandwiches or choosing one of the million other sandwiches that exist in the world today. You can either have a sandwich for your main meal, or if you’re really adventurous, you can have a sandwich for every single day on this fun holiday.


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