7 Sandwich Ideas From Around the World

Hot or cold, sandwiches are the go-to food.


Couple enjoying a sandwich lunch outside.

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Sandwiches are popular around the world. That’s because they are universally loved. Cold sandwiches are easy to make and take with you to work, school, or a day at the beach. Or enjoy a hot sandwich as a filling lunch or dinner.

There are so many varieties to choose from especially if you crave something different from the usual tuna, lunch meat, or peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If that’s the case, Goodnet has you covered. You can find inspiration from these seven sandwich ideas from around the globe.

Croque Monsieur – France

This French classic bistro sandwich can be made two ways, oven baked or the more traditional skillet method, according to the blog Food.com. This humble cheese and ham sandwich is easy to make, all you need is bread, ham, gruyere cheese and butter. If you top the sandwich with a fried egg, it becomes a croque-madame.

Bombay Sandwich – India

A Bombay sandwich is a veggie lover's dream. It’s simple and easy to make according to the Insanely Good Recipes blog. You can construct your sandwich on any type of bread, and then pile it high with vegetables. But don’t stop with the usual lettuce and tomatoes, add peppers, beets, avocado and any other veggies you enjoy. Top the sandwich with cilantro mint chutney and enjoy.

Enjoy an Indian Bombay sandwich.

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Choripan – Argentina

This is the South American version of a hot dog, according to GamberoRusso. Choripan is a hit at barbecues or for a spicy dinner. This sandwich consists of a long-loaf of crusty bread filled with chorizo sausage and topped with chimichurri sauce. Make an extra spicy version by adding hot chilis.

This is not your usual barbecue fare.

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Tea Sandwich – England

A perfect afternoon tea always includes finger sandwiches that are usually stuffed with cucumbers and butter. But there are many varieties of tea sandwiches including smoked salmon, spreadable cheeses, ham and mustard, or Coronation Chicken which consists of cold chicken salad dressed with a mayo-based sauce. Coronation chicken was first served in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

English afternoon tea.

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Falafel – Middle East

This vegetarian staple of the Middle East is served in a pita and is considered street food, reported CNN Travel. The pita is filled with crunchy fried falafel balls that are made from chickpeas and herbs that are covered with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, and tahini. You can also add hot sauce, fried eggplant, and other veggies.

Enjoy a falafel at home.

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Smorrebrod – Denmark

This simple herring and onion cold sandwich can be packed for lunch or picnics. The recipe from Food.com is fairly simple. Start with slices of pumpernickel or rye bread without crusts and spread butter over the pieces. Then artfully layer with herring filets, sweet onions and tomatoes.

Herring is a Scandinavian staple.

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Fruit Sando – Japan

Have you ever had a sandwich for dessert? This unconventional fruit sandwich is very popular in Japan, according to the blog JustOneCookbook. Take two slices of Japanese milk bread and layer juicy delicious seasonal fruit with whipped cream. It is as much a treat for the eyes as for your taste buds.