World sandwich day: Fun trivia and how to celebrate with friends

The invention of the sandwich can be credited to John Montagu


Who doesn't like a good sandwich, right? An entire mean in itself, it can sometimes be served as finger food or hors d'oeuvres. Then, there are a variety of fillings to experiment with.

In honour of World Sandwich Day, here are some interesting facts about the food that is quite often a lunch box or a picnic staple. The invention of the sandwich can be credited to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who invented the dish. In 1762, Montagu was playing cards and did not want to leave the table to eat. So, he ordered for pieces of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread, so he could eat with his hands.

Sandwiches, have since then become a popular dish, which then, people and chefs all around the world have improved with innovation. Combinations of different meats, breads, vegetables, spreads and sauces have gone to make a variety of sandwiches. 

To mark World Sandwich Day, gather your friends and family to assemble sandwiches.

Here are some fun combinations you can try:

If something sweet is what you crave for, put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; add a sliced banana into the mix, to make it a complete breakfast sandwich.

Opt for the grown-up version of a sweet sandwich by putting together slices of pear and fig between bread. Add some cheddar cheese or mozzarella shavings to turn it into a gourmet meal.

A simple omelette sandwich can turn into a meal if layered with ham and topped with melted cheese.

Channel tea party energy and make finger sandwiches with cream cheese and cucumber slices.

Egg, bacon, avocado-- need we say more? Perfect for a packed lunch or a quick dinner.

Looking for something really unusual? Try roasted pumpkin on caramelised onions, and goat cheese on slices of sourdough bread. Add some dill and chilli flakes to season.

Some fun facts:

The world's largest sandwich weighed 5,440 pounds (2,467 kg).

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were initially considered a delicacy and were enjoyed only by the upper class.

In 1927, MGM's lion survived a plane crash-- it survived on water, milk and sandwiches.

The Italian BMT is actually named after a subway transit route-- Brooklyn Manhattan Transit.

At least 60 kinds of sandwiches originated from the US.

According to a research by the Newcastle University, a bacon sandwich can cure a hangover.

How do you like your sandwich? Let us know!


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