“There can’t be that many distinct open faced sandwiches out there, right? Right? Why are you guys so mad, Research Department?”
~AFFotD Editor-in-Chief Johnny Roosevelt
We’ve started on a journey here at America Fun Fact of the Day. A journey to learn way more than we need to about sandwiches. So far, we’ve covered classic and traditional sandwiches ranging from the BLT to the PB&J to a bunch that actually have full names that can be spelled out. We’re on the third of eight articles on the subject, because someone once told us that you can never write too much about sandwiches, and we’re looking to expose him as the filthy fucking liar that he is. Which brings us to a specific genre of sandwich that often gets overlooked—the open faced sandwich. Really, this concept predates the actual sandwich, and some might take issue with a single slice of bread covered with additional food items being called a sandwich, to which we’d say you need to find more interesting things to have strong opinions of.
Open sandwiches appear everywhere, from the Scandinavian Smørbrød to the Russian buterbrod. Okay, we just copy and pasted those, apparently a Norwegian open sandwich just takes a piece of buttered bread and puts “whatever the fuck you want…meat? Smoked fish? Sure” on top, while buterbrod is just tomatoes and sprat on bread which is exactly as depressing as we’d expect from Russia’s contribution to this genre of food.
That said, there are numerous American-created open faced sandwiches. Most are served hot, and are the ideal American mix of delicious and actively trying to shorten our lifespan. We can get behind of those, so let’s talk about how America knows how to do open faced sandwiches the right way. Hah, Russia. Fucking sprat. You guys are the worst.
American Sandwich Series: Open faced Sandwiches of America
Posted in America's Best Foods, America's Culinary Treats, The American Sandwich Series
Tagged America, American Sandwich Series, Bacon, Beef Manhattan, cheese Dream, Eggs Benedict, Field's Special, Gerber Sandwich, Horseshoe Sandwich, Hot Brown, Hot Hamburger Plate, Kentucky Hot Brown, Marshall Field's, Open Faced Sandwich, Sandwich, sandwiches, Turkey Devonshire, Welsh Rarebit
“Well, to be fair, can you think of a breakfast food that WASN’T invented as a way to cure hangovers?”
~Hmm…you’ve got a good point there, actually
Americans developed an infatuation with breakfast as soon as it was named the most acceptable time to eat bacon. Of course, it helps that it’s an extremely versatile meal as well. If you’re running late in the morning, you can just put some milk on random dried grains doused in sugar, or pick up some sort of surprisingly unhealthy egg sandwich from a fast food joint. And when it’s the weekend and you can take your time, you can create something meticulously crafted to cure every kind of hangover you can possibly imagine (for more information, buy AFFotD’s “101 Different Types Of Hangovers, And Their Cure” on Amazon.com next fall).
There are of course many staples of the American breakfast that are worth praising. Pancakes, waffles (a.k.a. pancakes with syrup traps), bacon, omelets, all of these are delicious and, when done right, incredibly unhealthy ways to combat the fact that you drank two four lokos last night before playing flip cup with vodka cranberry at a random party before stumbling into a cab, texting your ex, and yelling at the cab driver when you erroneously assume he’s taking you the wrong way. But arguably the best American breakfast dish that can help you momentarily forget the shame you’re feeling as you have to send off an apologetic group text the following morning remains…
Eggs Benedict: The Best American Breakfast With The Least American Name
Posted in America's Best Foods
Tagged America, Bacon, Benedict Arnold, Breakfast, Commodore E.C. Benedict, Delmonico's, Eggs Benedict, France, Hollandaise, Oscar Tschirky, Waldorf