Celebrating National Sandwich Day in properly stacked style

National Sandwich Day

You can use National Sandwich Day as a reason to try a new sandwich - or return to an old favorite. Image: Flickr / luciuskwok / CC-BY-SA

On top of being the day we find out election results, Nov. 3 is National Sandwich Day. An incredibly versatile foodstuff, a good sandwich can be everything from a hearty Reuben to the vegan-friendly cucumber stack. However you usually eat a sandwich, National Sandwich Day may be the perfect day to try something new.

Why November 3 is National Sandwich Day

Unlike National Mustard Day or International Beer Day, National Sandwich Day actually has roots in history. Nov. 3 is the birthday of the fourth Earl of Sandwich. John Montagu, the fourth Earl, is often credited with creating the first sandwich. While the all-night gambling binge that led to the Earl of Sandwich requesting his meat between two slices of bread may or may not have been the first “real” sandwich, it is as good a reason to recognize the long-lauded stack of food as any.

The evolution of a good sandwich

A standard sandwich, by most reckonings, has to contain just a couple of things. Two slices of bread or a bread-like item with some filling in the center. The most popular sandwich in the United States is the hamburger. Sandwich culture has grown to include everything from fast-food incarnations to high-end cuisine. Even the last season of Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star” and Bravo’s “Top Chef” included sandwich challenges. In short, a good sandwich proves culinary chops as well as an amazing steak.

Checking out National Sandwich Day options

Whether peanut butter and jelly or a hamburger is your usual sandwich, there are plenty of other options out there. If you want to check out the ultimate resource on taste-testing all kinds of sandwiches from the KFC Double Down all the way to The Philly Taco (a cheesesteak wrapped in a slice of pizza), NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” blog has a Sandwich Monday feature that simply cannot be beat. Either way, try a new sandwich today, and raise your stacked lunch to the fourth Earl of Sandwich.

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