It's November 3, so that means it's National Sandwich Day. This means you can get free food from sandwich chains like Subway, Firehouse Subs and Which Which around the country. We're sharing the origins of the sandwich, what it has become and giving you the low down on the grilled cheese sandwich. What should you eat right now? We think it should be a sandwich.
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The History of The Sandwich
The story goes that the sandwich was invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (hence the name). Sandwiches were initially perceived as food that men shared while drinking at night, then the sandwich started appearing in polite society as a late-night mean for the aristocracy. Then as society became more industrial, specifically in England and Spain, the need cheap, quick and portable meals grew. In the United States, the sandwich was first promoted as an elaborate dinner food. In the early twentieth century, as bread became a staple of the American diet, the sandwich became more popular.
The Modern Grilled Cheese
As sandwiches has grown to massive popularity, there are now many variants on the classics. Take the grilled cheese for example. What was once a simple sandwich of bread and cheese, has now evolved into a versatile foundation for some crazy additions. One search on Pinterest and you will be amazed at the varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches you will find. These might just make your mouth water.
Margherita Grilled Cheese
BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Pulled Pork and Sriracha Guacamole Grilled Cheese
Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich
Secrets To Making The Perfect Grilled Cheese
- You Want It Crunchy and Golden Brown - Let your grilled cheese cook until a little bit of cheese has spilled out the edge and has nearly burnt in the pan.
- Use Salted Butter - While there are many options for what to use, (mayo and margarine are a couple options) Rubin says, "salted Butter drives the best results."
- Good Sandwiches Come With Good Bread - Bread that is too soft means your sandwich won't get crunchy enough. If it's too hard, the sandwich will be rock hard. Day-old sourdough is best because it's air pockets help add texture, and the bread firms up a bit after a day.
- Choose Your Favorite Cheese - Rubin says that semi-soft cheeses like Havarti and Muenster make for the best grilled cheese. But you really can't go wrong with any cheese. Even Kraft singles can be delicious.
- Enhance Your Grilled Cheese - You can use flavored butter for a simple upgrade. Try using garlic or truffle butter to add some flavor. Rubin suggests mixing salty and sweet to make the perfect blend of flavors. Tomatoes and bacon are a reliable go-to.