You have no idea how many crazy “holidays” there are every year, but Sandwich Day is alright by me. Okay, calling Sandwich Day a holiday is probably going a bit too far, but you get the idea. These made up holidays are fun for those who follow them and spice up an otherwise generic day. So in honor of sandwich day, which comes every November 3 (possibly in preparation for Thanksgiving, our biggest food holiday), I thought we would provide some sandwich facts and trivia. And if you are interested in why November 3rd is Sandwich day, here is the reason: On Nov. 3, 1718, John Montagu — better known as the 4th Earl of Sandwich — was born.
World’s Biggest Sandwich
Weighing in at 6,991lbs, it is officially the largest sandwich ever made, and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Not the best thing to eat if you are trying to cut back on your carbs. 😉
World’s Tallest Sandwich
Open tall and wide, you will need the mouth of a sperm whale to eat this sucker. The Kerala, India, resort built the 50-foot-tall sandwich out of 350 (2.5-square-foot) slices of bread, 100 pounds of cucumber and tomatoes, 88 pounds each boneless chicken, sausage, ham, apple, and mayonnaise sauce, 55 pounds of fish, 165 pounds of lettuce, 77 pounds of onions, and 330 pounds of butter. Why butter? Because it makes everything better, of course.
10 Fun Sandwich Facts & Trivia
1. Peanut Butter & Jelly – The average American student will have consumed approximately 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches upon graduation from high school. If they are like me, they kept eating them after high school.
2. Sloppy Joe – The Sloppy Joe was created in 1939 in Sioux City, Iowa. Joe, the cook, mixed up ground beef, minced onions and green pepper and catsup and served it on a hamburger bun. Sounds good to me. Remember this song/skit from Adam Sandler, Lunch Lady Land? It mentions Sloppy Joes a few times. We miss you Chris Farley.
3. Grilled Cheese – At first the sandwiches were served open faced and mainly broiled instead of grilled. The top bread didn’t become a standard until the 1960’s. And delicious history was made. Another fun fact about the grilled cheese sandwich: Cheddar is the cheese of choice, not American cheese. April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day.
Want to see someone eat the most grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute? Me neither, but here it is anyway.
Takeru Kobayashi ate 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute.
4. Muffuletta – This New Orleans’ delicacy was created at the Central Grocery in 1906. The Muffuletta was made with a ten-inch round loaf of Italian bread that was split and filled with Genoa salami, Cappicola ham, Provolone cheese and a spread made of olives, pimientos, celery, garlic, onions, capers and spices. I’m salivating just writing this. It is my favorite sandwich!
5. Philadelphia Cheese Steak – The Philly Cheese Steak was created in the 1930’s by Pat and Harry Olivieri, a couple living in South Philadelphia. They first made the thinly sliced beef sandwiches and sold them from Pat’s Restaurant at the corner of 9th and Wharton Street. And they used Cheese Whiz. The restaurant still stands there today. Just in case you missed it, they used Cheese Whiz. Ugh.
6. Most Popular Sandwich – The Ham Sandwich and the BLT is the runner-up. I would have thought turkey for sure.
7. American’s Love Sandwiches – We eat an average of 193 sandwiches a year. It is also estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day!
8. Eating the Most Sandwiches Record (Jam and Butter Sandwiches?) – According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for eating sandwiches is held by Peter Dowdeswell. He ate 40 jam and butter sandwiches (each 6 inches X 3 inches) in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds on October 17, 1977. That much butter makes me queasy just thinking about it.
9. Most Expensive Sandwich – Costing $197, the “von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich” is now the world’s most expensive sandwich. Too bad, but you can’t eat the most expensive sandwich anywhere but at the Cliveden’s Waldo Restaurant in Berkshire, which boasts a Michelin Star, one of the most distinguished culinary ratings. I would order one, taste it and send it back. 😉
10. Sub Sandwiches – Many theories exist on the name, here is my favorite: It originated in a restaurant in Boston during World War I. The sandwich was created to bring in the large numbers of navy servicemen stationed at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The sandwich was purposely baked in a baguette intended to resemble the hull of the submarine it was named after. Seems like great marketing idea. And since the military was buying you could jack the price up. You know, because of government over-spending.
And while 30 Rock may not be celebrating November’s sandwich day, it does at least mention the term sandwich day and is one of my favorite shows, so here is a clip about their sandwich day. Enjoy and enjoy a sandwich today! My favorite is the muffaletta, what about you?