Ten culinary innovations brought home from the exotic lands of America

Ah yes, the humble sandwich, consisting of a slice of bread adorned with any of a wide range of toppings. Whenever you need a quick bite, a sandwich is quite the thing

A submarine, or a sub, is a piece of bread featuring any of a wide range of toppings and/or fillings, depending on how the bread is cut, and how well it holds up architecturally during its gumptious consumption

The hoagie, sometimes alternately spelled hoagy, is a piece of bread featuring any of a wide range of toppings. A bitter rival of both the sandwich and the sub, it nevertheless makes for a tasty eat

The gentle grinder is a piece of bread featuring any of a wide range of fillings. What separates this gentle beast from its colder cousins is that the filling tends to be of the hot variety. Do not be intimidated by the heat, however; a grind is always a net positive

The noble BLT is a piece of bread featuring the three ingredients after which it named: bacon, lettuce and tomato. A common practice – some say prank – is to substitute either of these time-honored ingredients with something else starting with the same letter

Legend has it that there once was a sandwich that was so large that, to quote,  “you had to be a hero to eat it”. The name stuck. Ever since, a heroic aura has accompanied particularly large sandwiches, subs, hoagies, grinders and, indeed, even unmodified BLTs

Sloppy joe
A sloppy joe consists of two slices of bread, separated by an undifferentiated mass of ground beef, seasoned according to local customs and tastes. The name can be traced back to a chef named Joe, who according to postmodern urban lore liked ‘em sloppy

Philly cheesesteak
A cheesesteak (also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, cheesesteak sandwich, cheese steak, or steak and cheese) is a sandwich made from thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese in a long hoagie roll

A melt sandwich, or simply a melt, is an open or closed sandwich featuring any of a wide variety of toppings and/or fillings. What makes a melt a melt is the signature ingredient of melted cheese, which the Americans discovered goes with anything and everything

Hot dog
A hot dog is a sandwich

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