The ancient Jews is said to have wrapped meat from thePaschal lamb and bitter herbs between two pieces of old-fashioned soft matzah, flat, unleavened bread, duringPassover in the manner of a modern sandwich wrap madewith flatbread. Flat breads of only slightly varying kindshave long been used to scoop or wrap small amounts offood en route from platter to mouth throughout WesternAsia and Northern Africa. From Morocco to Ethiopia toIndia, bread is baked in flat rounds, contrasting with theEuropean loaf tradition.
The first written usage of the English word appeared in Edward Gibbon’sjournal, in longhand, referring to "bits of cold meat" as a "Sandwich". It wasnamed after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century Englisharistocrat, although he was neither the inventor nor sustainer of the food. Itis said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two piecesof bread, and because Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl ofSandwich, others began to order "the same as Sandwich!" It is said that LordSandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continueplaying cards, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meatwith his bare hands.
A Peanut Butter and Jelly SandwichAlternative name(s) PB & JPlace of origin United StatesServing temperature Chilled, room temperature, or heatedMain ingredient(s) Peanut butter, jelly, breadVariations Multiple
Club SandwichAlternative name(s) Clubhouse SandwichPlace of origin United StatesType Mayonnaise sandwichMain ingredient(s) Bread, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato
Sloppy JoeAlternative name(s) Wimpies, yip yips, slush burgers, barbecues, hot tamales, tavernsPlace of origin United StatesCourse MainServing temperature HotMain ingredient(s) Ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup,seasoning, hamburger bunSloppy Joe meat being prepared
Reuben on rye from Katz’s DelicatessenPlace of origin Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.Creator(s) Reuben KulakofskyCourse Main courseMain ingredient(s) Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and either Russiandressing, Thousand Island dressing or Dijon mustard if servedon the west coast, and rye bread.
Monte Cristo SandwichPlace of origin United StatesType SandwichMain ingredient(s) Bread, ham, cheese, (Emmental or Gruyere – a type of cheese),egg batter
Cheese SandwichAlternative name(s) Grilled cheese sandwich, cheese toast, toasted cheese,cheese toastieServing temperature Cold or hotMainingredient(s) Cheese, breadVariations Multiple
BLT Sandwich on toastAlternative name(s) Bacon, Lettuce and TomatoServing temperature Hot or ColdMain ingredient(s) Bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, breadVariations Club Sandwich
Muffuletta SandwichOrigin United StatesRegion New Orleans, LouisianaCreator(s) Central Grocery 1906Course Main coursesMain ingredients one muffuletta loaf, marinated olive salad layers of capicola, salami, mortadella,emmertaler, provolone
Dagwood Bumstead holding a Dagwoodsandwich in a hand screw clampType SandwichMain ingredient(s) Bread, meats, cheeses,condiments
Shrimp po boyOriginAlternative name(s) po-boy, po boy, poor boyPlace of origin United StatesRegion or state Louisiana, Alabama and MississippiMain ingredient(s) MultipleVariations Multiple
French Dip SandwichAlternative name(s) Beef DipPlace of origin United StatesCreator(s) Multiple claimsCourse MainServing temperature HotMain ingredient(s) Baguette (a type of bread), roast beef, au jus (beef juice)Variations With cheese
Cheese Steak with Provolone CheeseAlternative name(s) Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteakPlace of origin United StatesRegion or state Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaCreator(s) Pat & Harry OlivieriCourse Main courseServing temperature HotMain ingredient(s) Sliced steak, cheese, breadVariations Multiple
A Submarine SandwichAlternative name(s) MultiplePlace of origin United StatesRegion or state NortheastMain ingredient(s) MultipleVariations Multiple
A HamburgerPlace of origin Germany, United StatesCourse Main CourseServing temperature HotMain ingredient(s) Ground beef, bread