Special Report

America’s 22 Favorite Sandwiches

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22. Muffuletta
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 17%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 11%
> Never tried it: 62%

The muffuletta sandwich was introduced to Americans, specifically those living in New Orleans, by Italian immigrants about a century ago. The sandwich consists of layers of thin-sliced Italian cold cuts and cheese topped with olive salad.

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21. Cream cheese and cucumber
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 25%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 26%
> Never tried it: 33%

There are many variations of cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches. Basically, it’s a slice of bread topped with cream cheese and slices of cucumber. The sandwich, which has originated in Great Britain during the Victorian Era, is meant as an appetizer.

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20. Crab cake sandwich
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 34%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 21%
> Never tried it: 32%

Crab cakes are crab meat formed into patties with cracker or bread crumbs and spices. The patties are then placed in a bun with a variety of toppings and condiments. The term “crab cakes” was first used in the 1930s. Crab cakes are most often associated with the Chesapeake Bay region, especially in Maryland.

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19. Cuban
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 34%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 13%
> Never tried it: 38%

The Cuban sandwich is basically a layered ham, cheese, and pork sandwich with mustard and pickles that glue the layers together. The exact origin of the Cuban sandwich is not certain, though Tampa, Florida, claims to be where it originated. Another version is that the sandwich was first made by a Taino tribe in Cuba more than 500 years ago.

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18. Lobster roll
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 35%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 19%
> Never tried it: 34%

A lobster roll sandwich consists of lobster pieces coated fennel, lemon, and dulse on a bun. The filling may also contain mayonnaise. The first documented lobster roll was sold in Milford at Perry’s Restaurant in Connecticut in 1929. Connecticut lobster rolls are traditionally served hot with melted butter.

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