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Famous Southern Sandwiches and Sandwich Ideas


Oyster Po' Boy

Oyster Po' Boy

Diana Rattray
Featured Sandwich Recipes

The South is famous for many great sandwich traditions. The muffuletta and the poor boy (or po' boy) both originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. The muffuletta is an Italian-style sandwich, created in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo at the Central Grocery, where they are still sold today. It's made with an Italian muffuletta bun or French loaf, layered with ham, salami, provolone or Swiss cheese, and topped with a special condiment made from olives, oil, vinegar, garlic, and pickled Italian vegetables.

The poor boy was created in the 1920s by Benny and Clovis Martin, owners of Martin Brothers Grocery. Similar to the hero, sub, or grinder, the poor boy is a sandwich usually on a split French loaf of bread, and filled with a variety of ingredients like ham, roast beef, cheese, oysters, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles, with a dressing of gravy or sauce. They were first served to striking streetcar workers until the strike ended. Some say they were free and other sources claim they were sold for 15 cents each. Mother's Restaurant, in downtown New Orleans, has been serving poor boys since the 1930s, and according to food historian John Egerton, is one of its oldest and finest producers.

The hot brown is another well-known Southern sandwich. The hot brown was created in the 1930s by chef Fred K. Schmidt at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Its popularity spread throughout Kentucky and beyond, and recipes for it are often found in cookbooks. Thinly sliced chicken or turkey with country ham or bacon on toast, topped with sliced tomato and a cheese sauce, the sandwich is first baked, then broiled briefly until golden brown.

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This griddler, with removable snap-in plates and floating hinges, offers 4 cooking functions and plenty of unique features. It can make paninis and toasted sandwiches, eggs and pancakes, and grilled meats and vegetables. It can be opened to make a large open grill or griddle, or it can be used as a contact grill or griddle. The grill has 2 drip cups for grease, and it even has dual adjustable temperature controls. The exterior is brushed stainless, and it comes with a limited 3-year warranty.

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