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The Ultimate American Sandwich Showdown

Sandwiches have the strange property that they can either be the best thing that man ever invented, or a soul-destroying lunchbox padding device, designed to make you miserable. Here, we're going to take a quick tour of some of the best meat sandwiches ever made. They’re thick, they’re juicy, and they’re scrumptious, in the word of Gollum. So let’s begin. 

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The Ham And Cheese

The ham and cheese sandwich is one of those that suffers from its overwhelming popularity. Over time, what was once a great sandwich has become a very lackluster lunch box filler - something that is more about pinching pennies than it is about having a great culinary experience



To get the ham and cheese sandwich right, you’ve got to return to the sandwich’s roots. When the sandwich was first conceived, chefs cooked the ham themselves, rather than buy it packeted. They also sliced it using the best meat slicer they could find so that they ended up with tasty wafer-thin strips. They thought about the cheese too: instead of just buying squares from the supermarket in little plastic wraps, they went to the deli and found something that was worthy of the ham it was being paired with. They didn’t just choose cheddar either. They tried all sorts of different cheeses that would bring out the flavor of the ham. 

The Primanti



The Primanti was first developed by a family in Pittsburgh. They wanted to sell sandwiches to truckers who drove through the state that they could eat on their knee while driving. The end result was any kind of meat you like, thinly sliced and then heaped on a white bread and topped with coleslaw, french fries and other items that would ordinarily have been served separately. The best Primantis are those that hold their shape, rather than going soggy because of all of the fillings.

The Elvis

Elvis was a self-confessed lover of food, and he never shied away from indulging himself in epic meals while out on tour. Legend has it that one of his favorite sandwiches was peanut butter, banana, and honey which later became known as the Elvis.

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The best way to eat an Elvis sandwich is to make up the sandwich, like you’re doing a cheese toastie, put it in the toastie maker and warm up the whole thing so that it is moist and delicious. You can also toast it on the grill if you’ve gone one in your kitchen. 

The Tuna Melt



Tuna sandwiches aren’t exactly inspiring. But tuna melts, when done right, can be a real thing of beauty. Don’t just use English muffins paired with tuna and sliced American cheese. Instead, pan fry a couple of slices of bread, then add the tuna, then add real cheese and put all under the grill. 

The Cheesesteak

The cheesesteak sandwich might not be your favorite sandwich of all time. But there's a good chance it’s in your top ten. 



People from Philly claim that it’s only a real cheesesteak sandwich if it comes in an Amoroso roll. But all you really need for the perfect cheesesteak roll is seared sirloin and melted Provolone,

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