1. Cuban Sandwich
A Cuban or Cubano is a hot, pressed Cuban bread sandwich with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. It was first made by Cuban refugees in Florida who wanted to make a different kind of grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
Today, there are many different ways to make a Cubano. For example, some people use a different kind of bread or add things like lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise.
2. Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is a food made of toasted bread with mashed avocado, salt, pepper, and (sometimes) lemon juice spread on top. There are many different kinds of this food, so you can add salmon, tomatoes, onions, eggs, garlic, cheese, olive oil, or red pepper flakes to make it taste better.
Even though the food is simple and easy to make, it is not clear where it came from. Some people say it was created in Australia, while others say it was created in Los Angeles. No matter where it came from, avocado toast made a comeback on Instagram and has been popular all over the world ever since.
3. Lobster Roll
Lobster rolls are a highlight of Maine. They are made with cooked lobster meat that is ideally spread with melted butter and put into long hot dog rolls. There might also be cabbage, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper on the sandwich. Traditionally, potato chips or French fries are served on the side.
Some people say that the first lobster roll was made at Perry’s in Milford, Connecticut, while others say it was made at Red’s in Wiscasset, Maine. No matter where the custom started, the whole state of Maine still honors it by making lobster rolls in more ways than the first person could have thought of. This has led to an endless argument about how they should be made and who makes the best rolls.
4. Roast Beef Sandwich
Roast beef sandwiches are any kind of sandwich that has cooked and sliced beef as its main ingredient. You can serve them hot or cold. The meat should be juicy, slightly pink, and thinly sliced. The buns are usually soft and topped with sesame seeds or onion bits.
As for the toppings, anything goes, but in Boston, where roast beef sandwiches are a specialty, they are usually served with cheese, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise, which is called a “three-way.”
5. Club Sandwich
The club sandwich is a real American classic. It has bacon, cooked chicken breast, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayonnaise between a few slices of warmed bread. The sandwich is a famous menu item at hotels and spas. Its name may have come from how popular it was at country clubs.
Most people think that it was first made in 1894 at the Saratoga Club House in New York. The oldest recipe was found in a 1903 book by Isabel Gordon Curtis called Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book.
The Philly cheesesteak is a very popular dish that is a symbol of the city of Philadelphia. It is made of thinly sliced pieces of steak and soft, melting cheese on a long, crispy hoagie roll. It was made for the first time in the 1930s at a place in Philadelphia called Pat’s King of Steaks.
Pat’s started out as a regular hot dog stand in South Philadelphia. One day, Pat chose to make himself a sandwich with thinly sliced rib-eye steak and cooked onions on an Italian roll. When a hungry cab driver stopped by and smelled the beef, he forgot about the hot dogs, and the Philly steak sandwich was born.
7. Submarine Sandwich
A submarine sandwich is made of a long, split roll of bread that is stuffed with meats, cheeses, sauces, veggies, and spices. In different parts of the United States, people call the sandwich by different names.
It’s called a grinder in the Midwest and California, a hero in New York and Northern New Jersey, a sub in Delaware, and a hoagie in Baltimore, South Jersey, and Philadelphia. It’s called a po’boy in New Orleans and an Italian sandwich in Maine, even though it has nothing to do with Italy.
A Reuben is a melty sandwich made of corned beef, rye bread, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese. One of the many ideas is that Arnold Reuben, the owner of Manhattan’s Reuben Delicatessen, made the first Reuben sandwich in 1914 for an out-of-work actor who asked for something new.
The mixture of meat and cheese is not kosher, but the sandwich can be found in Jewish delis because it’s part of Jewish food culture and is mostly eaten by people who are not completely Orthodox. Reuben, like most famous foods, comes in many different forms, such as the Rachel sandwich, the grouper Reuben, the West Coast Reuben, the Montreal Reuben, and the Reuben egg rolls.
9. BLT Sandwich
With crispy, crunchy, and salty bacon, fresh, slightly sour tomatoes, cold lettuce, mayonnaise, and toast, there are few, if any, ways to mess up a BLT sandwich. Mimi Sheraton, a food critic, says that there are strict rules about the ingredients: the bacon has to be hot, freshly fried, and very crispy; the tomatoes have to be ripe and thinly sliced; the lettuce has to have crunch and flavor, so iceberg lettuce is not allowed; and the bread has to be toasted until it is golden brown.
It’s hard to say where BLT came from, but some people say it evolved from bacon sandwiches that people in the English countryside have been making for tea since the 1800s. BLT sandwiches first showed up in British cookbooks in the late 1920s. After World War II, they became very popular in the United States because lettuce and tomatoes were sold in supermarkets and many more women, who had been housewives before the war, went to work outside the home.
10. Grilled Cheese
A classic American snack, grilled cheese is generally made with one or more kinds of cheese between two slices of bread. The outsides of the slices are toasted, and then the sandwich is cooked quickly, usually in a pan or on a griddle, until the bread is golden and the cheese melts.
Even though cheese and bread have often been eaten together since the early 1900s, and the French have their own similar sandwich called Croque Monsieur, the first grilled cheese sandwich was made in the United States in the 1920s. It was a slice of bread with melted cheese on top, served open-faced.
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