A whole seven days dedicated to celebrating the trusted sandwich. British Sandwich Week runs from 14th May to 20th May 2017, and creates an opportunity for professional cooks to capitalise on the popularity of this culinary delight. Interestingly, the sandwich is a British invention, and since its creation in the 18th century, it has become a firm favourite for food lovers everywhere.
Did you know, 11.5 billion sandwiches are consumed in the UK ever year – enough to cover the world approximately 44 times!
Although the first ever sandwich, created by the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was a simple concoction of meat placed in-between two slices of bread, now the sandwich has been transformed into something bigger, better and bursting with all types of filling variations. There are even dessert sandwiches!
To show you the full variety of sandwich types out there, in this blog we’re counting down a selection of gourmet and classic sarnies to serve. Which one will be our favourite?
Did you know that the reported average price for a sandwich in the UK is £2.07
5. The American: Reuben sandwich
Originating in Nebraska, the Reuben sandwich, aptly named after its creator, is an overload of succulent corned beef, covered with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, and drizzled with Russian dressing. Be sure to grill on deliciously soft rye bread, and top off with a tangy pickle for extra crunch! It tastes amazing.
4. The veggie classic: Halloumi, sun-dried tomato and rocket sandwich
Salty, grilled halloumi coupled with sharp sun-dried tomatoes, and finished with crispy rocket; this veggie sandwich is full of contrasting flavours that complement each other perfectly. Add mayonnaise, black pepper for extra seasoning, and serve on two chunky slices of tiger bread!
Why not serve as an open sandwich and top off with more halloumi?
3. The sweet: Ice cream sandwich
So, it turns out, a sandwich can be anything placed in-between two foods, as we’ve recently discovered thanks to the latest phenomenon – ice cream sandwiches. Perfect as temperatures rise, the staple ice-cream sandwich is made up of flavoursome ice cream, sandwiched between two chunky cookies. Already, however, we’ve seen an array of incredible variations, from scoops of sundae packed within crunchy s’mores, and even ice cream layered between two heavenly doughnuts!
2. The unusual: Picnic loaf
Want a showstopper of a sandwich to amaze your customers? Taking a little more time to prepare but guaranteeing attention, the eye-catching picnic loaf is a sandwich created within a loaf of bread. An ideal snack for a picnic, this alternative sandwich suggestion locks in flavour, offers easy transportation, and is synonymous with summer, thanks to its go-to fillings. The picnic loaf’s trademark is the hollowed-out loaf, filled typically with roasted vegetables, mozzarella, and Italian meats. Serve by the slice and with a side!
1. The favourite: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
And our favourite sandwich, although we’re now privy to all of the above, remains the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel! Dress the smoked salmon with lemon juice, soften the delectable cream cheese, and place on a toasted bagel. What we love about this is its simplicity: it’s easy to throw together, uses few ingredients yet is bursting with flavour and texture! We love it.
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