Cookery 101: 20 Sandwich Suggestions


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Bored with just another ham sandwich? I love old cookbooks, especially my great-grandmother’s 1927 Butterick Book of Recipes and Household Hints. I love the old recipes, and I love that it tells you everything from how to cook rabbit to how to manicure your nails. (Really! In a cookbook!)

They didn’t like to get bored with their sandwiches in the 20s, so here’s the list of sandwich ideas–that are still good today! Well, I’m not so sure about #3 with the raw egg white. (You might want to skip that idea.) Check out some of the odd combinations, such as olives and peanut butter. Hmmm….. (You try that and report back, okay?)

20 Sandwich Suggestions:

1. Raisins worked into Neufchatel cheese.

2. Chopped raisins, figs, dates, or prunes, and nut-meats moistened with mayonnaise dressing or lemon juice

3. The well-whipped white of an egg mixed with a cup each of chopped raisins and nut-meats, seasoned with a little salt.

4. Peanut butter moistened with salad dressing and mixed with raisins, dates, figs, or bananas.

5. Equal parts olives, peanut butter, and celery, mixed with a little salad dressing.

6. Peanut butter mixed with chopped dill or sweet or sour pickles.

7. Cream cheese and chopped stuffed olives.

8. Chopped stuffed olives and chopped nuts, moistened with salad dressing.

9. Cream cheese and shredded pineapple between very thin slices of bread.

10. Tuna fish mixed with parsley, lemon juice, seasoning, and a bit on onion.

11. Cream cheese and chopped nuts.

12. Ground boiled ham and chopped pickles or chopped peanuts.

13. Cottage cheese and pickles, olives, nuts, or pimientos.

14. Currant jam with pounded walnut meats and creamed butter. Pass with cream cheese. Preserved currants may be substituted in this combination.

15. Boston brown bread with cream cheese or mayonnaise and chopped nuts and raisins.

16. Rounds of brown bread spread with chopped olives, minced lettuce, and watercress, tarragon, paprika, parsley, and chives mixed with mayonnaise.

17. Pimientos, cucumbers, and onion or chives, minced, mixed with mayonnaise and spread on buttered whole wheat bread.

18. Green pepper, pimiento, and olives with mayonnaise.

19. Boston brown bread with minced corned beef seasoned with mustard and rubbed to a paste.

20. Cream cheese used with chopped parsley, pimientos, and mayonnaise, chopped nuts, sliced sugared bananas, chopped pineapples, chopped or sliced olives, and shredded sliced apples. The cheese may be rubbed with butter or the creamed butter may be spread on the bread.

They weren’t afraid of too much butter and cream cheese back then.

Which one are you trying?

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  1. bonita says:

    For months now I’ve had a taste for a cream cheese and walnut sandwich on ‘date and nut’ bread. I’m thinking from this list that Boston Brown Bread is another name for date and nut bread… I can’t find it in stores so I’ll mosey on over to recipe request. By the way…I’m a fan of olive & peanut butter sandwiches, sort of sweet and salty…

  2. Darlene in North GA says:

    I LOVE cream cheese and olives! I’ve been eating that since I was a small child.

    Brown bread is not the same as date/nut bread. Brown bread is sometimes called “Boston Brown bread” and it’s cooked by placing the bread dough into a can and then steaming it.

    I do have a recipe around here somewhere for it, but I just moved and haven’t unpacked everything yet, so I can’t get to it.

    Here are some links:
    What Boston brown bread is & recipes:

    I haven’t tried any of these recipes, so I don’t know how good they are.

  3. Mrs.Turkey says:

    I did leave a recipe on CITR for Boston Brown Bread……but in going back to check it out…I see it is gone. Says “Not Found”. I don’t understand that… but Boston Brown bread is a New England item. It comes in a can in the aisle with cans of baked beans…can get it with raisins or plain as I prefer. The recipe I had on here was one you made at home in either a coffee can or some people put it in a loaf pan. Very good with butter, cream cheese on it etc. Saturday night baked beans, Maine red hotdogs, brown bread, mustard pickles…..can’t beat it!

  4. Dede ~ wvhomecanner says:

    Ah! #6 has been a fav since childhood – peanut butter and pickles – but sweet pickles, especially Bread and Butter pickles! And a big glass of cold milk on the side. The cream cheese and pineapple is really tasty too – add some bell pepper and onion and it’s my fav cheese ball instead 🙂


  5. Pete says:

    Believe it or not, many of those were still around when I was a kid! Not for every day fare, but for tea time, ladies lunches, that sort of thing.

    Another idea we had from the same era was roast beef salad. Same thing as either chicken, ham, or egg salad, but with chopped roast beef.

    One of the local ladies made Boston Brown Bread and it was delicious. Didn’t get it very often, but oh, my, it was wonderful! The stuff that came in the can at that time was pretty disgusting. Mom was quite mad about it because we didn’t have a lot of extra $$ to waste on things like that.

  6. Nancy says:

    My Mom loved to serve us girls cream cheese and olives or cream cheese and raisins. I loved the raisins but my sister loved the olives so someone was always unhappy.

  7. ML Cauley says:

    I reckon I must not be as old as y’all, though I was born in the psychedelic decade (60’s), for I NEVER had any of that growin’ up, and I was sittin’ there going,”EWWWW!!!” I remember my mother tellin’ me that when she was young, she’d eat a turkey and jelly sandwich. I thought,”Blech!!!” LOL!!!!

  8. rileysmom says:

    I’ve had cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter and mayo (on toaat, please!) but I’m not too sure about most of those combinations! They sorta sound like “I’m hungry but I didn’t go to the grocery” kind of sandwiches!!

  9. BuckeyeGirl says:

    One of our family’s absolute FAVORITES is #7. Cream cheese and chopped stuffed olives!!! YUMMM! I totally remember my mother making an assortment of little sandwiches, cutting off the crusts and having a couple friends over for coffee and finger sandwiches filled with all sorts of things like this. It was special and I think they felt like queen for a day over it!

    I remember thinking it really odd that they didn’t eat the crusts because us kids HAD to eat them! She used them for breadcrumbs though.

    I also like tuna with just lemon juice and either parsley or celery leaves chopped up in it. Much lighter taste than globs of mayo.

    And ML, Turkey and Cranberry Sauce sammies are YUMMY, I’d be totally willing to try turkey and jelly!

  10. martha says:

    ohhh, I love peanutbutter and sweet pickle sandwiches!!! My dad used to eat peanut butter with everything…onions,carrots,bannanas.

  11. Amber says:

    Sounds like some weird pregnancy cravings to me! I do love cream cheese and jelly, especially on toast.

  12. charleycooke says:

    Cream cheese and olives is the BEST! Add some green onion, seasoning salt and a splash of heavy cream (GASP!) and it makes the best tea samdwiches ever. My girls love it! 🙂

  13. Judy says:

    Martha, my mother-in-law loved peanut butter and onion sandwiches….growing up my son liked peanut butter and bananna.I’ll stay with peanut butter and honey.

  14. jann says:

    Well, when I was young, we use to eat sugar and miracle whip sandwiches on white bread!Or just mayo if we did’nt have the miracle….they were yummy! My favorite is cucumber and the whip or peanut butter and onion or pb and hot pepper jam!Yum, hungry now!

  15. brookdale says:

    Cream cheese and chopped maraschino cherries! Or chopped pineapple. On white bread with the crusts cut off.These were always on a plate at showers, wedding receptions, etc. back in the 1950’s and 60’s. Especially good on homemade banana bread, too.

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