Originally, the term was named after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is said to have been fond of eating foods held between slices of bread because it meant he didn’t need to use a knife and fork. That meant he could keep one hand free for card games.
However, the use of flatbreads as a food container – as in the popular modern wrap – long predates the leisure-loving Earl. In the Middle East, flatbreads have been used in this way for more than two thousand years. Indeed, the idea of using bread as a plate, a container or a kind of spoon has remained with us ever since.
In all cases, however, the great appeal of such dishes is convenience. Just as John Montagu enjoyed sandwiches because they were easily portable and kept his hands (and cards) clean, so countless generations of families have appreciated their self-contained simplicity. Ideal for buffets, picnics and packed lunches, they really are the perfect ‘food on the go’.
At KQF, we’re no stranger to their appeal. Many of our customers are big fans of the wrap and the sandwich, and summer in particular sees a big surge in orders for bread-friendly fillings such as chilled meat slices, polonies and our Halal Macon Rashers.
The big advantage of such foods is that they are all ready-cooked so for busy parents and party hosts, it’s easy to make the transition from fridge to plate. Two slices of bread, a little spread and a tasty meat filling are all it takes for a satisfying bite – but why stop there? A slice of lettuce, tomato or cheese can quickly add an enlivening touch, as can pickles, relishes and other tasty extras.
- Halal Macon Rasher sandwich – with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. (The halal version of the BLT classic.)
- Halal Macon Rasher sandwich – with sautéed mushrooms and halal cheese.
- Sliced polony sandwich – great with finely shredded lettuce and onion.
- Sliced polony sandwich – a touch more exotic with hummus and sweet chilli sauce.
- Pastrami sandwich – try it on rye bread with sauerkraut, mustard and sliced cheese.
- Salt beef sandwich – again, great on rye but with minced onion and mayonnaise.
- Salt beef sandwich – delicious with English mustard and sliced pickled gherkin.
- Sliced lamb sandwich – try it with roast garlic, thinly sliced onion, mayo and a squeeze of lemon.
- Sliced lamb sandwich – with thinly sliced tomato, mustard and shredded lettuce.
- Sliced chicken sandwich – in a wrap with lettuce, Mexican-style salsa and sliced avocado.
- Sliced chicken sandwich – with lettuce, Halal Macon Rashers and melted cheese.
These are just a few options but, of course, the great advantage of sandwiches is that there are no rules. With British Sandwich Week now upon us, now is a great time to experiment.