In a falafel sandwich, the falafel (balls of fried mashed chickpeas, shown above) would be inserted into the scored pita bread along with tahini dressing. Here, they are set atop the pita, along with hummos and tabbouleh. Photo © J.Java | Fotolia.




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September 2009
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Sandwich Glossary

Page 2: Sandwich Types D ~ G

This is Page 2 of a five-page glossary of sandwich types. On this page are sandwich types including falafel, finger sandwich, the French dipped sandwich, grilled cheese and the gyro. Click on the black links below to visit other pages. Also see our Bread Glossary and many other food glossaries.


A many-layered sandwich named after Dagwood Bumstead, a character in the comic strip “Blondie.” Blondie frequently made exceedingly tall sandwiches for her husband, with numerous layers of cold cuts, cheeses and condiments. While the “Dagwood” sandwich looked impressive in the comic strip, it isn’t easy to eat one in real life.

The sky-high Dagwood sandwich. Photo courtesy Boar’s Head.

A Denver Omelet on toast. The omelet, made with cubed ham, onion and green pepper, is attributed to Chinese cooks who cooked at logging camps and for railroad gangs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. When it migrated to the modern diner, it became known as a Cowboy or Western sandwich. The sandwich has been updated to include tomato and cheese. See also Kitchen Sink Omelet.

A Denver Omelet sandwich. Photo courtesy The Spice Kit Recipes: Here’s the recipe.


Literally, “rotating roast,” döner kebab is a Turkish sandwich made of lamb cooked on a vertical spit, sliced off to order and generally placed in pita, although other bread, such as an oblong roll, can be used. The dish is similar to what is called shawarma in Arabic and gyro in Greek, although sauces and garnishes differ. In this photo, the sandwich maker carves the spit-roasted lamb into slices prior to inserting it into pita or a roll, which can be seen at the bottom of the photo at right, and at the large photo below.

  Doner Kebab
The “rotating roast,” döner kebab. Photo by Arsel Özgürdal | SXC.


Yes, there was an Earl of Sandwich for whom the sandwich is named. See the history of the sandwich for details.

Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich was a fried peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas and bacon. But actually, while known as a fried sandwich, it’s a grilled sandwich because it isn’t dipped in batter prior to frying. Here’s a recipe. We also have recipes for an Elvis Burger and an Elvis Sundae.



Elvis Sandwich

The Elvis Sandwich. Photo courtesy Hipswag.Blogspot.com.


A sandwich of Middle Eastern origin. Falafel is made from chickpeas (or fava beans or a combination of both), seasoned with onion, parsley, and cumin and deep fried. In the U.S., falafel is usually served in pita bread with tahini (sesame seed paste) thinned with water or lemon or hummus (chickpeas puréed with tahini). Other accompaniments include tomato, parsley, chopped lettuce, pickled onions or cucumbers. See photo at top of page. The photo at right, of döner kebab, has a similar presentation in pita but uses sliced lamb and different garnishes instead of fried balls of chickpeas.

Doner Kebab

Falafel. Photo by Vlad Iorga | SXC.


A finger sandwich is a type of tea sandwich, so named because the rectangular piece of bread was sliced into long “finger” slices, as opposed to triangles or squares. Some people use the term incorrectly to refer to any tea sandwich.

A sandwich of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff marshmallow creme, originating in New England. Sometimes bananas and honey are added.

A sandwich made with focaccia bread a thick, seasoned Italian snack bread.

  Finger Sandwich
Finger sandwich. Photo © Monkey Business | Fotolia.

A sandwich that is battered and fried. Any sandwich can be fried, but peanut butter sandwiches are a popular choice. See the Elvis Sandwich above.


Created in 1918 by Philippe Mathieu, a French emigré and owner of a sandwich shop in downtown Los Angeles, the hot sandwich is made of thinly sliced roast beef served on a French roll or baguette au jus (with hot juices) for dipping. The sandwich can also be served “wet,” with the meat mixed with the jus before it’s placed on the roll. As the story goes, Philippe accidentally dropped a French roll into pan drippings while making a roast beef sandwich for a policeman, who enjoyed it so much that he came back with friends, asking for the “dipped” sandwich. The current owners offer the sandwich in ham, lamb, pork and turkey as well. Other versions add cheese or sautéed red onions.

French dip sandwich, with a side of “au jus.” Photo courtesy Classic Cooking. The sandwich is typically served with a side of fries.


A form of fried sandwich that consists of two slices of bread, usually buttered, with cheese melted in between. Considered to be the most popular sandwich in America (discounting the hamburger, which is not considered a sandwich by most people, although it is technically a sandwich and part of this glossary), it is at the top of the comfort food list. Popular additions include tomato and bacon. See our gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipes.
  Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwich. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

A sandwich that is grilled in butter or oil. Examples include grilled cheese and panini.


See hoagie.


Pronounced YEER-o in Greek, this is the original “hero” sandwich, having nothing to do with the modern hero sandwich on a long “submarine” roll. It includes rotisseried or grilled meat (typically lamb or chicken) with salad ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, onions and tomato and a yogurt sauce (tzatziki—yogurt, diced cucumbers, dill and vinegar); and is often eaten as street food. See döner kebab, above.

A gyro as street food. Photo courtesy Stephanie D | wikipedia.






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