Who Invented the Sandwich?


In 1660, Edward Montagu, of England, was made an Earl. When one is made an Earl, they take the name of a city to complete their title. Edward Montagu had originally picked the city of Portsmouth which would have made him the Earl of Portsmouth.



However, he changed his mind since the fleet of ships he commanded were anchored off “Sandwich” in England on their way to bring Charles II back home. That is the only connection the town has with the family of the Earl of Sandwich and people wrongly think the sandwich was invented in Sandwich, England.

The story goes that in 1762 the 1st Earl of Sandwich, Edward Montagu, was part a heated gambling game and he did not wish to stop for his dinner. So, he ordered that his dinner of roast mutton and vegetables be brought to him between two pieces of bread. This way he could continue playing and eat his dinner at the same time. Other players in the game asked to have their dinner served to them just like “Sandwich.” And from there the sandwich was born.

Edward Montagu is known as the inventor of the sandwich, however, the first food item called sandwich was in the 1st century BC and attributed to Rabbi Hillel the Elder. During Passover, he placed roast lamb, nuts, and vegetables between two old pieces of unleavened bread. During the middle ages, they used bread as kind of a plate but tossed the stale bread once they were done.

Whether you’re enjoying peanut butter and jelly, turkey and cheese or a nice Reuben, we can thank Edward Montagu for your sandwich.

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6 Comments
ThePretentiousChef
Andy Anderson ! - Jan 16, 2019
Paul Reubens invented the Reuben sandwich... :-)

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RichardRowe
Richard Rowe - Jan 14, 2019
Laurence, it depends upon whom you wish to believe... could have been Reuben Kulakofsky in Omaha, or Arnold Reuben of NYC deli fame might have been the guy, and any one of a number of others have had attempts at grabbing this honor in their name. No one really knows and no one seems to care, except for those who might profit from it. It is, therefore, I eat it.
ThePretentiousChef
Andy Anderson ! - May 14, 2018
I did not think anyone invented the sandwich, I thought they grew naturally on a bread tree.
poobery13
robert eichberger - Mar 31, 2018
I din't care I'm hungry.
Laurence_Peery
Laurence Peery - Aug 17, 2017
OK, smarty :-) So who is the Reuben sandwich named for?
gaabye
Carol Chatty - Aug 17, 2017
Thank for sharing!! I love a good sandwich!
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