Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Egg and Ham Salad Sandwich

Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day. Sandwich might be the perfect food, portable. Sandwich has a long history. 

The sandwich was popularized in England in 1762 by John Montagu. John Montagu had a gambling problem he spend hours at the card table. During a long binge, he requested the house cook to bring him something he could eat without leaving the card table, and the sandwich was born.  John Montagu enjoyed his meat and bread so much that he ate it constantly, and as it grew popular in London society circles it also took on the Earl’s name.

John Montagu was not the first person to think of putting fillings between slices of bread. In fact, we know exactly where Montagu first got the idea for his creation. Montagu traveled abroad to the Mediterranean, where Turkish and Greek mezze platters were served. Dips, cheeses, and meats were all “sandwiched” between and on layers of bread. Montagu took inspiration from these when he sat at that card table.

New Orleans sandwich, the Po’ Boy, came about during the Great Depression during a streetcar worker strike. Two brothers, once streetcar operators themselves, owned a sandwich shop nearby, and promised to feed any down on his luck striking worker for free. When a hungry striker walked into the shop, the clerks would yell, “Here comes another po’ boy,” and the name stuck. That school lunch food, the Sloppy Joe, came about at around the same time.

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich first appeared early 1920s.
Research Source: History Channel

Egg and Ham Salad Sandwich
Recipe by Christine Lamb (Christine's Pantry), 2015. All rights reserved.
6 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cooked dice ham
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
8 slices wheat bread, or use your favorite bread
Roughly mash the eggs in a bowl with mayonnaise, ham, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and parsley. Spread egg salad on 4 slices of bread than top each sandwich with another slice of bread and serve. Enjoy!

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