We have been munching on sandwiches ever since we can remember, but we also use the word sandwich in other wayslike when our car is “sandwiched” between two trailers, or when any object is stuck between two others. We use the word so often but do not give it much thought. Recently, I came across a very interesting historical tale about sandwiches.
The word was derived from the Fourth Earl of Sandwich in 1762. The story says that he was so fond of playing cards that he did not want to waste time eating, even though he was hungry, so he asked his servants to make him something that he could eat while playing cards that would not dirty his hands. Thus was born the concept of the sandwich, which even today is a food of convenience, and is present in many varieties all over the world.
The main components of a sandwich are the bread, the spreads and the filling (or topping in the case of open sandwiches). There are many variations and substitutions of these components around the world, and each one is phenomenal in its own way. The combinations you can create with these ingredients range from simple to exotic. There are savory sandwiches, sweet sandwiches, multilayered (like the ones Jughead has in the Archie comics), cheese sandwiches, pita sandwiches and many more. I am not going to give you recipes for the sandwiches themselves, but will instead share with you the recipes for some spreads you can use on your sandwiches. The recipes for sandwich fillings will follow in next week’s post.
Simple mayo spread 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese grated Salt and pepper to taste (Feel free to substitute the seasoning and the cheese according to the type of sandwich. For example, use Mexican seasoning and cheese for a Mexican sandwich.)
Mix all the ingredients together and use as a substitute for butter in your favorite sandwich.
Cream cheese spread 8 ounces cream cheese 1 tablespoon tomatoes deseeded and finely chopped 1 tablespoon cucumber deseeded and finely chopped ½ tablespoon celery finely chopped ½ tablespoon onions finely chopped 1 teaspoon parsley finely chopped 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together. This spread can be used by itself, or as a filling.
Green cilantro chutney 1 cup packed chopped cilantro ½ tablespoon raw peanuts 1-2 green chilies (depending on how spicy you want it to be) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon lime juice ½ inch piece of ginger Salt to taste
Put all ingredients in a food processor and make a paste, using 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if required. This chutney can be used as a spread, or as a filling for a sandwich.
Spicy hummus 1 cup hummus ½ teaspoon cumin powder ½ teaspoon chili powder 1 green chili finely chopped 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon plain yogurt Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Use it as a spread on pita sandwiches.