Aside from being absolutely delicious, part of a sandwich’s appeal is its versatility. You can create the sandwich of your dreams, made with your favorite ingredients, toppings, and condiments. Still, there are classic recipes we just can’t get enough of. If you’re from the South, you are probably familiar with these classic Southern sandwiches.
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Did you know bologna originally came from Bologna, Italy? If you order it there, you will actually get mortadella, a thick Italian ground sausage considered to be closely related to bologna with visible bits of lard and peppercorns. Bologna sausage is typically made with finely ground pork and is uniform in appearance with no visible pieces of lard.
Although bologna (or “baloney”) sandwiches are common throughout the U.S. and Canada, the fried bologna sandwich is a distinct favorite to America’s South. Known as the “poor man’s steak,” the bologna is fried on the grill and sandwiched between white bread, sometimes with mayo, sometimes with mustard, or sometimes both.
Collard Green Sandwich
Collard greens are a common southern side dish, however, are less known in sandwich form. This sandwich is made of cooked collard greens between two griddled hoecakes, or flat cornbread pancakes. Most southerners dip cornbread into collard greens to soak up the sauce, so it makes sense to turn it into a sandwich.
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
This is easily the most iconic sandwich of the South and is served at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia every year. Pimentos (a type of sweet pepper related to the bell pepper) were imported from Spain in cans until 1908.
To make the spread, sharp cheddar cheese is mixed with lightly spicy pimento peppers, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Next, spread a liberal amount on two pieces of white bread and you’ve got yourself a pimento cheese sandwich.
Its origins are arguable – some claim they were created in Cuba while others claim they originated in Tampa, Florida. The confusion probably stems from the fact that Cubans immigrated to Tampa and settled in the Ybor neighborhood in the late 1880s. Cuban sandwiches and coffee were delivered to female factory workers as they were discouraged from going to the general cafeterias.
The Cuban sandwich is generally made of Cuban bread, mustard, sliced roast pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, and thinly sliced dill pickles. Although many believe that and that alone makes a “true” Cuban sandwich, Tampa residents add salami layered in with other meats, and others include mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.
Southern Tomato Sandwich
Simplicity at its finest is a great way to describe the Southern tomato sandwich, because it is exactly as it sounds. Thick, juicy tomato slices, Duke’s mayo (ask a Southerner) and white bread is all you need to make this sandwich. The key is to find seriously fresh tomatoes in the peak of summer, and in the South, that is not a hard feat.
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