Like taxes, accents, and landscapes, sandwiches tend to change when you go from state to state.
In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of the Peach Valley picks inspired by destinations far and wide. Take a look!
From New England…
When it comes to New England cuisine, your mind probably first jumps to something like clam chowder or the famous clambake—and you’d be right!
But one item on our menu, the classic Chicken Salad Sandwich, also has its roots in the northeast corner of our country. The simple dish (whose main components are chicken, mayonnaise, and other smaller ingredients like celery) is said to have had its debut in 1863 Rhode Island. There, a Mr. Liam Gray concocted the dish to sell at his meat market, Town Meats, and it soon became a popular purchase, one that let Gray convert the market to a full-fledged delicatessen. Since then, the chicken salad sandwich has long been a staple of deli menu offerings in New England and beyond. We love it for its no-fuss nature and simple, comfort food flavor.
From New York…
As a bona fide cultural center, it’s no surprise that New York is said to be the home of many dishes. One such dish might be the famous Reuben Sandwich, which some believe to have started at Arnold Reuben’s Delicatessen as an aptly-named “Reuben’s Special” in 1914. Though another possible story posits that another Reuben, Reuben Kulakofsky of Omaha, Nebraska, created the sandwich a little later on, the role of the sandwich in New York’s deli-loving culture cannot be denied.
At Peach Valley, we offer up a few fun takes on the Reuben: you can enjoy the classic, with corned beef and swiss cheese, or substitute the beef for turkey. Alternatively, you can forego the “turf” meat altogether and enjoy a seafood variation which features blackened fish as the star of the sandwich.
Finally, Philadelphia: a spot as rich in historical charm and culture as in culinary feats. One such feat is the instantly recognizable Philly Cheese Steak, a sandwich made with shaved ribeye and oozing provolone cheese that we’re proud to serve here at Peach Valley! This famous sandwich got its start in the 1930s, when local brothers and partners-in-business Pat and Harry Olivieri were working at their hot dog stand. One day, they decided to try a new combination—one that replaced the hot dog with beef and onions. This variant caught on and formed the basis for what we now know to be one of America’s greatest sandwiches.
When it comes to sandwiches, what’s your local go-to? Let us know in the comments below!
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