Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches / Skinke, Ananas, og Agurk Sandwicher

A delisious Afternoon Tea sandwich recipe found
on teatimemagazine.com

Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches / Skinke, Ananas, og Agurk Sandwicher

These pretty Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches,
garnished with thin slices of cucumber, will add a touch of elegance
to your tea table.

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A Short History of Le Croque Monsieur

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The French name Croque Monsieur translates to  “Crisp Mister” and is basically a cooked cheese and ham sandwich, traditionally made with gruyere cheese and thinly sliced ham.  The name is sometimes shortened to just Croque.

The First Croque Monsieur

croque monsieur_02The first Croque Monsieur was simply a hot ham and cheese sandwich which was fried in butter – one step further than what some believe was the original which was accidentally created when French workers left the tins containing their lunches of  sandwiches on  hot radiators  whilst they worked. By the time they came to eat them, the heat of the radiators had melted the cheese.

croque monsieur_03It’s not known who had the idea of embellishing the recipe by frying the sandwich until crisp and golden,  however they first  appeared on menus in Parisian cafés in 1910, and the earliest written reference is thought to have been by the novelist Proust in his 1918 work titled  À la recherche du temps perdu  (In search of lost time).

Today’s Croque Monsieur

Over the years, further changes were made to the basic recipe, in particular the addition of mustard and a béchamel sauce. Whilst this complicated an otherwise simple recipe, versions made this way are sumptuous and relatively filling  and well worth the extra attention. 

Then came the variations including:
The addition of a fried egg served on top – a Croque Madame
The addition of tomatoes – a Croque Provençal
The substitution of  blue cheese for Gruyere – a Croque Auvergnat
The substitution of smoked salmon for the ham – a Croque Norvégien

Simpel Croque Monsieur Recipes

A simple version would be to make a cheese and ham sandwich in the usual way, then fry in butter until crisp and golden on both sides. Alternatively, spread the outside on your sandwich with plenty of butter and cook under a very hot grill until well browned on both sides.

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Cambridge Market Sandwich / Sandwich Fra Cambridge Markedet

A great British sandwich recipe  found on food52.com
Cambridge Market Sandwich / Sandwich Fra Cambridge Markedet

How many times have you eaten blue cheese and apples and in how many combinations and yet never thought of putting them together in a sandwich. In Cambridge you can get them  wrapped in brown paper, and eat them on a bench outside of King’s College while the choir practiced for an upcoming concert and the students rushed around in their robes.

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Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

A delicious grilled sandwich recipe found in a booklet
published by American Dairy Association in 2004
Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

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Text from the booklet: Americans have always had a Passion for European-inspired foods – foods that embody tradition, pure enjoyment and a topic of conversation. The latest infatuationto “heat up” the scene is hearty Italian-style sandwiches, called Panini.

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In Italy, the word Panino (a diminutive of pane or bread) means, “little bread” or “sandwich.” And as the name suggests, Panini are sandwiches with Romance. Made with fresh ingredients, distinctive wholesome breads and mouthwatering cheeses – Panini embrace all that is Old World.

Prepared with care and creativity, our Cheesy Panini recipes combine that old-world taste passed down for generations with new-world simplicity.

Because convenience is key, it’s no wonder more people are making sandwiches for dinner. In an American Dairy Association survey, more than 61 percent of today’s cooks said they make an everyday sandwich taste even better by heating it up and by adding bold-flavored ingredients, such as two or three different kinds of cheese.

Whether you use a new indoor grill, oven or stovetop preparation, making mouthwatering Panini at home is deceptively quick and simple.
All of our featured recipes include fresh, robust flavours on crusty breads with warm delicious cheese. And each takes 35 minutes or less to prepare – proving that big taste really does come in small packages!

Spiced Beef Sandwich / Krydret Oksekjøttsandwich

A classic British pub fare recipe found on delish.com
Spiced Beef Sandwich / Krydret Oksekjøttsandwich

Tender spiced beef is great to have on hand for lunch or a quick snack, with pickles and coleslaw. This dish is part of British pub fare menu. Allow plenty of time: this needs several days to marinate and at least 7 hours of cooking time before serving.

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Bacon Butter / Baconsmør

A delicious and different butter recipe found at soendag.dk
Bacon Butter / Baconsmør

A delicious and different butter for both your buns, potatoes or pasta.

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Old Lady’s Spread on Pumpernickel / Tantröra på Pumpernickel

A classic Swedish starter recipe found on koket.se
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Nice little starter with smoked salmon, potatoes, eggs, and pickles. Can be served to old geezers too, but they do have their own spread called Punter’s Mix as well.

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Pâté de Campagne – French Pâté / Fransk Postei

A classic French pâté recipe found in “Berømte Retter”
(Famoud Dishes) published by
Ernst G Mortensens Forlag in 1970

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The principle of a French pâtés – a mixture of meat (or fish), herbs, lard, wine etc., cooked in a casserole dish or in a puff pastry – was launched in France as early as the Middle Ages. The best and finest pâtés comes from South West France – Perigord and Armagnac. The trick to making a pâté consists in finding good harmony and balance between taste and aroma. A good pâté will not taste significantly of just one ingredient, but should be an aromatic, indefinable whole.

These pâtés are always eaten cold, it makes the favours come together the best. A pâté should preferably be made the day before it is to be served. It can be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator and served as an appetizer, an evening meal or as sandwich spread.

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Cornwall Toast / Cornwalltoast

A delicious toast recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by
Skaninavisk Press as in 1977

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Chinese Inspired Mushroom Toast / Kinainspirerad Svamptoast

A tempting sandwich recipe foubd in “Stora Boken om
Smörgåsar og Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches
and Sandwich Cakes) published in 1985

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Caviar Mousse and Caviar Cream / Kaviarmousse og Kaviarkrem

Recipes for a delicious starter and a smooth sandwich spread found in ”Cappelens Kokebok” (Cappelen’s Cook Book)
published in 1991

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originalCaviar made with smoked cod roe is a very popular sandwich spread in Scandinavia and are available both in glass jars and in tubes like this one.

The caviar mousse and caviar cream in these recipes are made with unsmoked roe from cod or similar fish and that makes for a lot milder and smoother taste.

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Toast with Fillet of Veal and Mushrooms / Toast med Kalvefilet og Svampe

A classic Danish sandwich found in “MENU International Madleksiokons  – Småretter og Salater” (MENU Internatonal
Food Encyclopedia – Snacks and Salads)
published by Lademann in 1975
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Father’s Temptation (Sun Eye) / Fars Frestelse (Solöga)

A classic Swedish openfaced sandwich found in ”Stora Boken on smörgåsaroch Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches and Sandwichcakes) publiched in 1985fars frestelse (soløga)_post

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Mediterranean Stuffed Layered Picnic Loaves / Søreuropeiske Fylte Lagdelte Piknikbrød

A great picnic recipe found on goodtoknow.co.uk
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These Mediterranean stuffed layered loaves are perfect to bring along to a summer picnic – full of mozzarella and tasty, juicy veg, it’s a really great change from the usual cheese sandwiches. Not only does it taste delicious, it also looks really impressive too, as you can see all the colours from the different veg and mozzarella in all the layers when you cut through.

Make sure you take the time to chill the sandwiches in the fridge for a few hours, as the recipe recommends, because this way the juices from the grilled veg will have time to soak into the bread, not only keeping it extra moist but also adding a really fab flavour to it. This Mediterranean layered sandwich is a great grown-up choice for a picnic, and ideal for sharing with friends! Make the night before so all you need to do is grab them from the fridge before you leave!

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The History of Peanut Butter

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Although the peanut has a long history, having been found in Peruvian mummy tombs, peanut butter is a relatively young food.

In 1890, an enterprising physician, Dr. John Kellogg (of corn flakes fame), created peanut butter as a healthy protein substitute that was easy to digest for patients with no teeth. The manufacturing process peanutbutter_02was mechanized by George A. Bayle, Jr., and a patent for a peanut-butter machine was issued to Abrose W. Straub in 1903.

In 1904, peanut butter came into the limelight at the St. Louis Universal Exposition by concessionaire C. H. Sumner, where it was promoted as a health food.

When innovative agricultural scientist Dr. George Washington Carver developed an improved version of the butter, it attracted even more enthusiasts.

In 1922, peanut butter was commercially-born when J. L. Rosefield of Rosefield Packing Company of Alameda, California perfected a process peanutbutter_05to keep the oil from separating in the peanut butter along with spoilage prevention methods.

He marketed this commercial peanut butter under the name Skippy as “churned” peanut butter, which was a smoother, creamier version of the coarse-textured original.

Today, more than half the American peanut crop goes into the making of peanut butter, but surprisingly, the majority of peanut butter consumed in the United States is imported.

Federal law mandates that any product labeled as peanut butter must contain at least 90 percent peanuts, with the remaining 10 percent restricted to salt, sweeteners, and stabilizers.

In 1992, statistics showed Americans alone consumed 857 million pounds of peanut butter or 3.36 pounds per person.

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An American-born favorite, peanut butter quickly became not only a nutritious food, but also a comfort food for most Americans born in the 1900’s. Now its popularity has spread throughout the world. October is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.

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