August is Sandwich Month

close up photo of turkey sandwhich with lettuce tomato cheese on toasted wheat bread with chips and black olives on the side

No matter how you slice it, everyone seems to have a favorite sandwich. In a month known for its “dog-days” and heat, a sandwich may provide just the meal you prefer. They’re low fuss, yet can be quick and nutritious, and most require no cooking.

A sandwich by definition includes one or more pieces of bread which can range from bagels to ciabatta, pumpernickel to Kaiser Rolls and have a filling of meat, cheese, fish, eggs, vegetables or a combination of them. Usually they also include condiments that range from mustard and mayonnaise to ranch dressing or horseradish sauce.

The first sandwich you ate was probably peanut butter and jelly on bread. Maybe the crust was cut off; maybe grandma made the jam or jelly from grapes, strawberries or raspberries. Any combination provided both the sweet and salty tastes we crave.

As adults we expand our tastes and have favorites like a BLT, Monte Cristo, or grilled cheese. With so many variations possible, an old favorite can become a new favorite. For example, a BLT could include avocado or a fried egg. The Monte Cristo might add avocado or be served on a glazed donut, and the grilled cheese could use a variety of one or more cheeses and include tomato, apple or ham slices.

For a light lunch, patio party around the swimming pool, tea party or baby shower, finger sandwiches provide a convenient offering. Here are some delicious Sandwich ideas that you may not have tried yet: Cream cheese and cucumber on a dark bread, pimento cheese on rye, egg salad on sprouted grain bread, or even chocolate-hazelnut spread with sliced bananas on grilled whole wheat sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Save your time and energy during the hot August days and enjoy a sandwich any way you like it!

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