What Makes a Sandwich a Sandwich?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 13th, 2017 | Tasty Thoughts

what makes a sandwich a sandwichThis is an oft-discussed topic among my friends and family. We can start with the Merriam-Webster definition, “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” That’s simple enough. So, peanut butter and jelly on white bread (crust or not) is a sandwich. A roast beef sub (grinder, hoagie, etc.) would qualify as a sandwich as well. These are easy.

Now come the harder decisions. How about a hot dog? That’s served in a split roll, so does it automatically get counted as a sandwich? What if you put all of those roast beef sub ingredients in a piece of lavash? It probable would be labelled as a wrap, but is a wrap a subcategory of sandwiches or a standalone? If a wrap is a sandwich, does that mean that a burrito is a sandwich also?

Yes, these are the thoughts that keep the sandwich discussion going in my home. While this has never become a heated discussion or kept us awake at night, it does cause us to wonder where the world of sandwiches begin and end. I’m a go with the flow kind of person. Order it, make it, call it what you want. No harm, no foul.

To begin our two-week series of new sandwiches (and accoutrements), I’d like to offer a couple of my favorite sandwiches from the archives.

FYI, within Think Tasty I have included burgers and tacos in our sandwich category. Gasp or cheer. Your choice.

Chicken & Strawberry Salad Sandwich– My husband is a chicken salad fanatic; I am less so, because most places make it with a decent amount of mayo. If we’re making it at home, I’m game, as I can use Greek yogurt in place of the mayo. This recipe may be my favorite chicken salad creation. The savory chicken contrasts quite nicely against the sweetness of the strawberry.

Summer in a Wrap– There’s a theme in my food preferences here- sweet & savory. This wrap is a delightful combination of sweet chutney, salty goat cheese, and savory chicken. It’s an utterly delicious sandwich. 

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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