The Word "Sandwich" Has Lost All Meaning, And That Is Not OK

A brief history of the devolution of the sandwich. #RIPbread

1. Once upon a time, a “sandwich” meant two slices of bread, filled with any combination of delicious meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads.

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Recipe: Perfect BLT

2. Sometimes hot, sometimes cold, always glorious.

Recipe: Ultimate Spicy Reuben Sandwiches

3. Perfectly conceived, but uncomplicated and easy to define.

Recipe: Grilled Cheese

4. The sandwich quickly became a pop culture phenom, probably because of its inclusive and customizable nature.

Recipe: Breakfast BLT

5. Sandwichmania started innocently enough, with clever riffs on solid classics.

Recipe: Grilled Fontina and Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwich

6. Dessert lovers got in on the action, turning popular pastries into sandwiches.

Recipe: Apple Pie Panini

7. Things started to get a little out of control when other carb-based meals elbowed their way in.

Recipe: Grilled Mac & Cheese

8. Sort of “sandwich for sandwich’s sake,” but still bearing strong resemblance to its predecessor, so OK.

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Recipe: Meatloaf & Mashed Potato Sandwich

9. Then, liberties were taken with what constitutes “bread.” A biscuit sandwich? OK.

Recipe Chicken Pot Pie Sandwiches

10. Why not use waffles? They’re great for savory sandwiches…

Recipe: Pulled Pork Cornbread Waffle Sandwich

11. …and for sweet ones, too.

Recipe: Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

12. And anything a waffle can do, a pancake can do better. Right?

Recipe: Homemade McGriddles with Buttermilk Pancakes

13. And everyone knows that the donut is king of the breakfast carbs. A donut sandwich? YES!

Recipe: Fried Egg Donut Breakfast Sandwich

14. Those who scoffed at the low-brow nature of the donut sandwich were assuaged by the dawn of the croissandwich.

15. And then… someone created this grilled cheese-sandwich patty melt. A SANDWICH SANDWICHED BETWEEN TWO SANDWICHES OMG.

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Recipe: Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt

16. Unsure of how to compete, new-age sandwiches started turning to less traditional starches as the vehicle.

Recipe: Latke Corned Beef Sandwich

17. Madness ensued.

Recipe: Ramen Burger

18. The world of sandwiches became a lawless and unregulated one.

Recipe: Bacon Weave Grilled Cheese

19. A world of “anything goes.”

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Recipe: Homemade Double Down

21. Sandwiches were everywhere. Everything was a sandwich.

Recipe: Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola

22. No one knew who to blame, so everyone blamed bread. Bread became the common enemy.

Recipe: Portabello Chicken Sandwich Stacks

23. People went to great lengths to save the sandwich from the evils of bread.

Recipe: Chipotle Turkey Burgers with Guacamole

25. Until one day, the term “sandwich” was stretched to encompass things that weren’t even sandwiches at all. Just rolled up fillings.

Recipe: Paleo Italian Sub Roll-Ups

26. Or, worst of all, hand-held salads.

Recipe: Raw Vegan Collard Wraps

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