I happen to believe that the sandwich is the most perfect food in existence. From panini to gyros to pb+h (I don’t much care for j) to s’mores (this is technically a sandwich), I am smitten. I would go so far as to call myself a sandwich enthusiast. Therefore, from time to time I will feature a sandwich.
Tory Avey, a food historian on PBS.com explains, “the earliest recognizable form of a sandwich may be the Korech or “Hillel sandwich” that is eaten during Jewish Passover. Hillel the Elder, a Jewish leader and rabbi who lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod (circa 110 BC), first suggested eating bitter herbs inside unleavened matzo bread. The herbs symbolized the bitterness of slavery, and the bread resembled the flatbreads made in haste by the ancient Israelites as they fled Egypt. Hillel’s simple recommendation of sandwiching the two foods together may indicate that this was already a popular way of serving food in the Middle East.” So it’s uncertain where they first originated, but this may be where today’s sandwich originates from.
My favorite sandwich has the distinction of being created by my husband and named after me. The Dana. It is so named because it is the most delicious thing in the world, and I am not shy about singing its praises.