August is National Sandwich Month

by Ed Magdziak • August 13, 2012 • FoodComments (0)1741

August is National Sandwich Month. What better time to visit your favorite deli or sandwich shop, load up the cooler and head out for a picnic at the park or beach?

Who doesn’t love the glorious sandwich? There are so many different combinations that I cannot recall ever meeting someone who doesn’t like some type of sandwich. Italian sub or turkey hoagie. BLT. Sloppy Joe. Grilled cheese. Falafel. Cheesesteak. Taylor ham/pork roll, egg and cheese. Hungry yet? I am.

In my house, we literally grew up on peanut butter and jelly and tuna fish sandwiches for lunch. More recently in our house, a source of argument was whether I was a fan of the standard two slice PB&J and my wife’s triple decker variety. I have since come over to her side. I inherited a special tuna fish making secret from my mom. It is always a favorite when I make a batch up.

It is widely known that the sandwich was named after John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich. However the first use of bread and meat is attributed to the Jewish sage Hillel the Elder. According to the website What’s Cooking America, “[h]e started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices, and wine between two matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.”

Whatever the historical roots, New Jersey has a fantastic sandwich history of its own. What’s your favorite NJ sandwich?



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