THE HISTORY OF THE SANDWICH
We all like to eat a sandwich and its hard to believe they didnt exist at one time!
John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. However some form of a sandwich was probably eating before this time when more humans ate with their hands rather than using utensils. In facts there is some references in history where soldiers would wrap stew or food in a bun or piece of meat.
The sandwich slowly began appearing in polite society as a late-night meals. The sandwich’s was popular all round the world
in the 19th century. In the United States, the sandwich was first elaborate meal at supper. By the early 20th
century, as bread became a staple of the world wide diet, the sandwich became the same kind of quick meal.
However the sandwich concept was around long before then. The first form of sandwich is attributed to the ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who is said to have put meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs inside matzo (or flat, unleavened bread) during Passover.
During the Middle Ages, thick slabs of coarse and usually stale bread, called trenchers, were used as plates. After a meal, the food-soaked trencher was fed to dogs, beggars, or eaten by the diner.
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The ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the United States, and in second place is the BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). It is estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day – that’s more than one for every man, woman and child in the nation!
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