- For the town in Kent, UK, see Sandwich UK
A sandwich (or "butty") is the name given to a popular lunchtime food consisting of a filling (such as meat or cheese), between two pieces of bread. Condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard are commonly used to add extra flavour to the sandwich. The beauty of the sandwich is that the possibilities for fillings are almost endless and that the bread keeps one from getting the filling on one's hands allowing them to be eaten anywhere.
Sandwiches can be made with almost any kind of bread. Popular sandwich breads include:
- Wholemeal Bread
- The French Baguette
- Soda Bread
- Black Bread
- The Bread Roll (also known as a "cob", "barm", "bampot" or "tea-cake" in West Yorkshire, a "bread cake" in Leeds or "oven bottom" in Lancashire)
- The Stotty Cake or stottie, a round, flat loaf beloved of Tyneside
- Perhaps the best-known sandwich in the world is the hamburger
- The "BLT" consists of bacon, lettuce and tomato.
- The Beef Roll consists of sliced beef and horseradish on a bread roll
- The Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwich is a regional delight copied in many places
- The bacon sandwich is a popular breakfast item and consists of bacon and either brown sauce or tomato ketchup
- The club sandwich uses three pieces of bread, with several layers of meat, cheese, and vegetable ingredients. They are usually served quartered, and held together with fancy toothpicks.
- The chip butty consists of a buttered (or larded) bap, bampot or soft roll filled with hot freshly fried chips.
- Peanut butter and jelly (PB&J)
- Ham and cheese
- The Grilled cheese
It is thought to be named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, although he never used nor sought to perpetuate the term. The popular legend is that he ordered bread and meat one evening during an extended card game. When the victuals arrived, he sliced the bread and meat and 'sandwiched' the bread between the meat, so that he could carry on eating and playing. In fact sandwiches had existed long before the birth of Lord Sandwich.