Sandwiches around the world all take the same basic ingredients: bread, meat, veggies, and somehow manage to twist the concept on its head until each country has a wholly unique offering. When it comes to international sandwiches, whether you want something sweet, savory, spicy, or all of the above, you can find it if you look hard enough. Even though most people trace a very specific version of the sandwich back to an English noble from the 17th century, cooks have been making handheld food since the dawn of modern culinary techniques. The way sandwiches are prepared may vary from country to country, but they’re all essentially a delicious thing that you hold in your hand and shove in your face.
Looking at food around the world is exciting because we get a glimpse into the way that the other goes about their day to day, and we often find that people live similarly no matter where they are. While reading about these international delicacies, keep in mind that the term “sandwich” is applied loosely to some of these pieces of culinary gold, and that taste trumps aesthetics every time. If you’re feeling saucy, you can try to make all of these sandwiches in your home, just be warned that if you’re going to do that you will have to find donkey meat
Vote on the sandwiches from around the world that look the tastiest, and if we missed a famous sandwich from your motherland – describe it to us in lurid detail in the comments.
Gyro - Greece
If we had our way we'd be in Greece right now watching a large mustachioed man wrap up a lamb gyro that's soaking in tzatziki sauce. Admittedly, the gyro is pushing the limits of what a sandwich can be, but we're not trying to apply a binary concept of identity to handheld food.
Panino - Italy
The original crunchy-on-the-outside, melted-on-the-inside favorite got its start in Italy, and even though most panini that you'll find are full of whatever garbage your local deli feels like shoving inside, the classic panino typically features cheese and tomato, or basil pesto melted between thick slices of bread.
Chopped Barbecue - America
If America has given the world anything greater than the chopped barbecue sandwich we don't want to know about it. Savory, tangy, and if you're feeling adventurous; loaded down with pickles and onions. Why isn't this sandwich on the flag?
Medianoche - Cuba
The "midnight" sandwich got its start in Cuba and slowly made its way over to the United States as the 20th century went on. This grill pressed sandwich consists of roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles. If you want to order this sandwich correctly you should always ask for extra pickles.