Celebrate Sandwiches on Fourth of July

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As people gather all over the country to celebrate Independence Day, think about how many sandwiches will be consumed on that holiday. Consider the traditional cookout foods: hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, sausages, barbecue and even s'mores. There is some data suggesting that 330 million Americans eat 300 million sandwiches a day. This survey of over 1200 people found regional differences in which sandwiches ranked highest. Oddly, hot dogs and hamburgers were not included.

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 But lots of lists suggest that the top ranking sandwich is grilled cheese. Here is a brief history of grilled cheese and bread. 

A sandwich is defined as two pieces of bread with meat, cheese or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal. Many people have read that sandwiches were attributed to Englishman John Montagu (1718-1792), the Fourth Earl of Sandwich.The story goes that he called for meat and bread so that he would not need to leave the gambling table to have something to eat. But the idea that this combination might actually date back to earlier Mediterranean cultures.

This list ranks 15 of America's top sandwiches in reverse order with the number one sandwich as - wait for it - grilled cheese.

So no matter how you, your friends and family celebrate Independence Day, it very likely will involve sandwiches. Like Americans, sandwiches are a diverse population with roots from all over the world. Happy holiday! 

What are your traditional foods, particularly sandwiches, that you and your family prepare for July 4th? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

"I love sandwiches. Let's face it, life is better between two pieces of bread."
 Jeff Mauro



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