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Classic American Sandwiches — Amy’s Favorites

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Mmmm, the classic American sandwich has got to be the greatest creation ever. We Americans love our sandwich’s, just visit the different regions throughout the U.S. to see proof of that. It seems each region has a sandwich they are famous for.

Supposedly, the sandwich was first created in the 18th-century, when a servant layered meat between two slices of bread so that John Montagu, the hungry fourth Earl of Sandwich, wouldn’t have to leave the table during an intense card game. Well he certainly made culinary history!

 

craign, Flickr

 

1

New York Reuben

 

Although many consider the Reuben a New York City delicatessen original, (I certainly do) Nebraska also lays claim to the invention — a pan-grilled combination of rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut. Wherever this inspired sandwich was first made, it has become an American classic. But don’t forget the Russian dressing – delicious.

 

 

Tinajoseph, Flickr

 

2

Philadelphia Cheese Steak

 

The Philadelphia Cheese Steak, a 1930s invention. This famous sandwich is a mouthful of greatness. If you’ve ever eaten one, I’m sure you would agree. The juicy beef in this case is thin-sliced sirloin smothered with grilled onions, peppers and laden with melted cheese.

 

 

rita_56, Flickr

 

3

Kentucky’s “Louisville Hot Brown”

 

OMG! The Louisville Hot Brown was first served at the Brown Hotel, in Louisville, Ky., in the 1930s. Crumbled bacon and a white Cheddar sauce top off this delectable open-face sandwich, which is layered with sliced turkey and tomato.

 

 

juddpilosoff, Flickr

 

4

New Orleans Muffuletta

 

An Italian-style sandwich, the Muffuletta was first made around 1906 at the Central Grocery in New Orleans. Today food lovers from all over the country come to the Big Easy for the city’s renowned cuisine — and one “must-have” while you’re in New Orleans (besides gumbo!) is the Muffuletta. A round Italian loaf is spread with Olive Salad and then piled high with ham, hard salami, mortadella, sliced provolone cheese, and another generous helping of Olive Salad.

 

 

Judd Pilosoff, flickr

 

5

Maine’s “Lobster salad in a toasted bun” sandwich

 

Of course Maine is known for succulent sweet lobster, so it is only fitting the sandwich Maine is most famous for is filled with this delectable meat. This sandwich starts with chilled lobster salad tucked inside a toasted bun. Some foodies add bacon, lettuce and tomato. This sandwich is a popular form of fast food. Shut-up!

 

 

Judd Pilosoff

 

6

The All-American Burger

 

Arguably the most popular of all classic American sandwiches! Garnished with “the works” — lettuce, cheese, sliced tomato, sauteed onions, pickles, and ketchup — the All-American Burger is this country’s quintessential meal on a bun. Dating as far back as 1884, the sandwich became immensely popular in the 1950s and has remained a well-loved icon ever since. By adding onion rings or fries, you could just have the perfect meal!

 

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