The Hunt for the Egg Salad Sandwich

Sandwiches have probably been eaten for as long as there has been bread, but the credit is sometimes given to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) for the name “sandwich”. There is nothing left now but a rumor of how this happened. Apparently, he was a very busy man, and did not want to waste time at the table with a knife and fork so instead, he put his food between two slices of bread and continued to work with one hand while he ate with the other. Manners aside, the name stuck because it was unusual, and he was a Lord. The name stuck, and soon all the other Lords and Ladies were serving “sandwiches” at all their fancy parties.

Sandwich, the town, is still in Kent, England, and there is another in Massachusetts, USA.

So Where Did Egg Salad Sandwiches Come From?

Probably in Boston, Massachusetts! The oldest example of a recipe written for an egg salad sandwich is in the The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book written by Fannie Farmer, but since eggs and bread are easy to find, they’ve probably been eaten for a lot longer than that!

Have you had an egg salad sandwich before? Let’s make one!

Check out Captain Create’s Tips for Egg-zellent Hard Boiled Eggs here!

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