Strange Sandwiches

I love reading old cookbooks. Today I was glancing through one from 1948 called ‘The Economy Cook book” compiled by the staff from a magazine called The Journal of Living. There are some standard recipes in there, a few old fashioned ones I might want to try, and then there’s the sections on sandwiches. Some of their tips are interesting, like using flavored butters to make sandwiches more interesting: lemon butter, parsley butter, pimento butter. The money saving tips are along the lines of “don’t make more sandwiches than you can eat.”

Some of the sandwich filling ideas are new to me. Here’s a sampling:

Bacon-celery: chopped bacon, chopped celery, and mayonnaise.
Baked beans and raisins: baked beans, raisins, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, minced green pepper, minced onion, and mayonnaise. Hmmm….
Minced carrot spread: carrots, green peppers, celery, nuts, mayonnaise
Fruit spread: mashed cooked prunes, nuts, and cheddar or cottage cheese
Ham and peanut butter: ground ham, peanut butter, Worcestershire sauce, salad dressing, and mustard

About the only sandwich spreads in this section I’ve eaten were the deviled egg and a peanut butter-raisin combo. So I’m wondering: Were these popular back then and have just dropped from favor? I’ve seen baked bean soup before, but never a baked bean sandwich. And we like baked beans. That one I’m tempted to try.

What’s the most unusual sandwich combo that’s popular in your home? Or that you remember from your childhood? Peanut butter and potato chips were another one I remember liking, as well as peanut butter and banana slices.



  1. Anonymous says:

    The best sandwich is with melted cheese and peanut butter, or peanutbutter and messsmör ( whey cheese spread).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Since I was a kid, I’ve been making after-Thanksgiving sandwiches of white bread, line both sides of bread with whipped cream, salt and pepper both sides, place cold white meat turkey on one side and put together to make a sandwich.

    I’m the only one in the family who likes them though. Everyone else thinks they’re gross heheh. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have always liked
    turkey with cranberry spread on one side and (chive) cream cheese on the other.

  4. We didn’t really have strange sandwiches. The strangest we had was fried bologna and catsup. I have a little cookbook that is all about keeping up the strength of war workers (those working on the assembly lines making supplies for World War II soldiers). It had all sorts of strange sandwich and snack combos. If I can find the book I will post some of them. I never had the guts to try them. I will ask my grandmother if she ever did (the book was hers).

  5. Mustard and onion sounds good, if you fry the onions. Fried onions (and cheese) make everything better – heh!

  6. Anonymous says:

    One of my faves was ham and dorito sandwiches. My sis used to eat tomato sandiches with mayo and black pepper. Now my kids like good ol’ PB&J.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My brother used to eat plain mustard sandwiches, or if he was feeling extravagant, mustard and onion. We also would occasionally eat catsup and balogna sandwiches, and if we were out of balogna, just catsup sandwiches.

  8. As a kid, I liked American Cheese, pickle and mustard sandwiches. I don’t know if I could eat them as an adult…


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