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As I was reading the post on all time favorite sandwiches, my favorite childhood sandwich popped into my head. Nothing fancy, but I was always delighted when I got to make it.

Spam and American Cheese, with yellow mustard on white bread, buttered on the outside and then toasted in the waffle iron. I liked mine to get nice and dark and the cheese had to be oozing out.

My husband lived down South for while and there was a "sandwich" that he was amazed to see the other kids eat with joy. Called Coffee Slop, it was white bread smeared with bacon fat with leftover coffee grounds on top. He refused to try it.

So what was your favorite sandwich as a kid?

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  1. This is perhaps the wrong answer.. but I did not really care for sandwiches. If I ever would eat bread then I only liked a "butter sandwich"--just buttered bread. Anyone else looove the butter sandwich?

    Otherwise, I took crackers and cheese for lunch always as a kid.

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    1. re: GraceW

      Yes, but it wasn't called a sandwich, it was "bread and butter" and folded over. My grandmother would sometimes sprinkle sugar on it for a treat.

      That was pre-school, though. In elementary school, though, I was a boiled ham on white bread, no mustard, no mayo, not even any lettuce. Lord, how I've changed....

      1. re: lemons

        My neighbor's mother used to make us sugar sandwiches -- my mother may have done so, too, but my mother always had rather dry and firm Arnold white bread and margerine while the neighbor used soft and squishy Wonder Bread and real butter! No comparison!

        Also loved turkey sandwiches with Miracle Whip (again on Wonder Bread a la my Grammy's on Thanksgiving night).

        1. re: MaineCook

          That sounds fantastic. I bet it brings back wonderful memories!

      2. re: GraceW

        Not my favorite, but yes, bread and butter folded over.

        1. re: Leepa

          i use this when i have tomato soup...dip into soup ..repeat until bread is gone..

      3. Don't know how I came up with this mixture, but: salami or pepperoni on a french roll with lettuce, black olives (from a can) and pickle slices. I ate it every single day for lunch from age 6 to 14 and still could eat them daily if I could bring myself to buy pre-packaged cheap lunch meats.

        Other goodies were PB&J of course, or cheese sandwiches (a hunk of Cheddar between two slices of white bread). And of course very-buttered grilled cheese made with Kraft American singles. That was my first mastery of chefdom, aside from the Easy-Bake Oven.

        1. Cream cheese and green olive. It seemed so grown-up at the time.

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          1. re: beachmouse

            Oh my goodness, yes. To this day my favorite sandwich spread. With a little of the olive brine mixed in to make a creamy consistency. Has to be on dark pumpernickel bread.

            But I have to say that I was the only one in kindergarten that thought this was good. Feh on them, and their fluffernutters.

            1. re: sablemerle

              Feh on them indeed! You rock!

            2. re: beachmouse

              This is a dead tie with cream cheese and dill pickle slices. We had them both almost every week.

            3. Klik (just like Spam) mashed up with miracle whip and pickle relish. On wonder bread, of course.

              Also bread spread with butter and brown sugar; folded in half and smooshed.

              1. I have a friend who is Italian-American and would make all these incredible sandwiches for her son, and all he wanted was stuff that was "normal".

                1. My favorite childhood sandwich? It was a tie between:

                  - Fried baloney on round (yes, round) Tastee white bread with Miracle Whip.

                  - The glorious Fluffernutter sandwich, which was a very rare treat (maybe once a year).

                  I can't believe I used to like Tastee bread, and that over-sweetened Miracle Whip makes me gag, but I still love Fluffernutter sandwiches.

                  Anne

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                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                    That's a cookie, right?

                    1. re: AnneInMpls

                      what's a fluffernutter? (Forgive my Australian ignorance.

                      1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                        Peanut butter and marshmallow creme (sold here in jars).

                        1. re: buttertart

                          dear god.

                          1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                            Not pretty. I'm Canadian originally and we didn't have it when I was growing up - nor does it appeal to me in the slightest - but it's a big American nostalgia food.
                            The closest to it in Canada was pb with honey which I despise too.
                            Is pb popular in Australia? I know it isn't or at least wasn't in England (a former boss was revolted when offered what she thought was rum butter and it turned out to be pb).

                            1. re: buttertart

                              lol - yeah the Brits don't go for it do they? PB is hugely popular in Aus. Vegemite will always be our first love however.

                              1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                That's something you really have to grow up with I think.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  oh totally, i've actually never known anyone to acquire a taste for it. I'm sure it has happened, but would be pretty unusual. It's much like promite and marmite, neither of which I can stomach. If it didn't feature in your childhood then you're not going to like it when you're older.

                                  1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                    I actually acquired a taste for Vegemite in my 30's! My Aussie roommate introduced it to me. I like it on a big slab of crusty Acme bread, slathered in butter, some Vegemite and perhaps a tomato slice.

                                    1. re: cosmogrrl

                                      I just saw someone on a cooking show mix a spoonful of vegemite into her hamburger mixture, and although I do think that vegemite plein tastes of crankcase oil, I can see where this application might just work to introduce a whopping taste of umami to burger meat. This one might.just.work.

                                      1. re: mamachef

                                        Chopped? the judges' reaction was great when she did that - they were horrified!

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          Yes, ma'am, that's the one!
                                          I know, it was pretty priceless, the look on AG's face when she saw the size of that spoonful and again when she tasted the result. My question at the time, though, was what the HELL did they expect someone to do? It was vegemite, for godsake!
                                          I had a babysitter who used to enjoy a thin spread of vegemite on her breakfast toast. It was hard to sit across from her and be pleasant in the mornings sometimes.

                                        2. re: mamachef

                                          Vegemote really is awesome.

                                  2. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                    I do like PB (although on buttered toast, not sandwiches), but that may be 'cause although I'm a Brit my Mum is American, so I was brought up with it. I don't understand the appeal of PB&J, though, and certainly not with marshmallow (which doesn't appeal to me at all, unless roasted over a campfire, but most definitely would not be a sandwich filling!).

                                  3. re: buttertart

                                    Oh, buttertart, I still love PB & honey (on whole wheat). The honey kind of crystallizes in the bread and makes it crunchy. Need a big big glass of milk for that. And don't try whistling 'Dixie'.

                                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                                      I'm not that keen on honey in general and especially with pb, but whatever floats your boat is fine by me!

                                    2. re: buttertart

                                      My understanding from Brits who hate PB, is that it stems from childhood memories of the vast quantities of (often rancid) peanut butter that was shipped to Britain from the US after WWII. (Postwar aid gone bad)

                                    3. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                      I must have been a kid when the fluffernutter fad hit (I can still hear the annoying "first you spread, spread, spread, the bread with peanut butter, then marshmallow fluff to make a fluffernutter" jingle in my brain). I begged my mom to get some fluff to make me this magical sandwich. Decades later I still remember . . .yuck!

                                      1. re: gaffk

                                        As an American I very much enjoyed Vegemite when I first got to try it in my teens. And I liked pb and honey, but crystallization was never part of that sandwich experience.

                                        Fluffernutter sandwiches was something I only had at friends' houses, and I enjoyed them--possible because they were a forbidden treat.

                                      2. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                        (Samuelinthekitchen: Don't knock the Fluffernutter till you try it...it is surprisingly yummy!)

                                      3. re: buttertart

                                        i vaguely recall people adding sliced banana to Fluffernutters too...?

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          An *official* Fluffernutter is peanut butter and Fluff brand marshmallow creme, but there are lots of variations. Banana slices, a layer of jelly, chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers and a whole host of other things have found their way into my fluffernutters over the years.

                                          1. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                                            i figured it was a variation. i don't recall there EVER being a jar of fluff in our house when i was a kid...i'll have to ask Mom.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              There is another brand (Kraft), but it was somewhat sweeter, and a bit stickier than Fluff. It is nowhere near as spreadable. I lived in a place or two that only had Craft, and, upon moving, the sight of that simply labeled white-blue-red jar made me so damn happy.

                                              I ate my first fluffernutter when I was twenty-five (and, again, railed at my childhood for its deprivations). It is a really good sandwich to have for dinner in July, after a hard day, when one's apartment lacks air conditioning. It is not a very common sandwich where I come from, and when I introduced the boyfriend's daughter to it, she seemed to regard me as somewhat more interesting, and less so as the being who her sucked her daddy's soul out of his body in the dark of night.

                                              1. re: onceadaylily

                                                when I introduced the boyfriend's daughter to it, she seemed to regard me as somewhat more interesting, and less so as the being who her sucked her daddy's soul out of his body in the dark of night.
                                                ~~~~~~~~
                                                LOL!!! that's the funniest thing i've read in a while :)

                                                i'm not much of a marshmallow fan - too sweet for me - so you & BF's daughter can split my share...maybe that'll win you more brownie (s'mores?) points with her.

                                                1. re: onceadaylily

                                                  i am amused! Very funny

                                      4. re: AnneInMpls

                                        last night i made a fluffernuttermore toast:

                                        peanut butter, chocolate, and homemade marshmallows all toasted on some hearty toast.

                                        i am far too ashamed with myself to admit how many of these i actually ate before i could get myself under control.

                                        1. re: mattstolz

                                          Wow, that sounds oddly delicious.

                                          1. re: gaffk

                                            i highly suggest trying it.

                                            but be prepared to eat several more than you think your personal trainer would be happy with you about.

                                        2. re: AnneInMpls

                                          My mother loved the Fluffernutter sandwiches, but it was too sweet for my tastes. Grilled cheese with tomato soup was a childhood favorite, closely followed by homemade cheese steaks (no CheezWhiz!!); in our city, about 35 miles north of Philadelphia, our CSs had marinara, and the cheese was provolone and/or mozzarella. We also made our own Italian (aka hoagies, subs, grinders) sandwiches with great meats and cheese from a local Italian butcher. Ham on roll was also popular in our house. Ham salad on toast was another family fave.

                                          1. re: AnneInMpls

                                            I don't know one person in North Jersey (where i am from) that has had fluffernutters, but when I was lived in Philadelphia every person I met grew up on that stuff. Even a sushi restaurant called POD, in Philadelphia serves deep fried fluffernutter spring rolls!

                                            1. re: fillyfilm

                                              theres a chance those spring rolls might happen next time i have people over. why have i never thought of that before??

                                              1. re: fillyfilm

                                                i grew up in North Jersey and fluffernutters were definitely around.

                                              2. re: AnneInMpls

                                                I have heard many a story of your Fried Baloney sandwiches from people who grew up in the 1950's and 1960's in working class neighborhoods. Oddly, my mother (working class) and my older bro and sis munched on these, but sadly, I did not get that experience, Perhaps moving from NJ to California when I was 4 changed the perspective for my mom.

                                              3. don't know that i could choose just one - there are several that hold a special place in my heart:
                                                - white bread with butter & sugar - only at summer camp because there's not a shot in hell my mother would have let us do this at home.
                                                - matzah with TempTee whipped cream cheese and grape jelly for Passover.
                                                - butter-soaked, pan-fried grilled cheese made with either white bread, tomato & American cheese, or seedless rye, tomato & Muenster.
                                                - "Rachel" (turkey reuben) from the local kosher deli

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                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  I used to eat butter mixed with either white sugar or brown sugar - no bread, just the butter and sugar. My mom would catch me and say "you keep eating all that sugar and you're going to get DIABETES!"

                                                  Damn it if she wasn't right. ;-)

                                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                                    okay, i *really* hate to laugh at that, but it is pretty funny :)

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Ha! She totally jinxed me! I'm tormented daily with those words of hers.

                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                        i can totally picture you as a kid, rolling your eyes at her. "sure mom, whatever. and if i cross my eyes and someone hits me on the back, they'll get stuck that way, right?"

                                                    2. re: lynnlato

                                                      and if u keep making that face it'll stay that way too.....

                                                    3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      I forgot that I really enjoyed matzah pizza back in high school.

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                        Oh yes! The matza sandwiches! I had them with American cheese and mayo, too. But the cream cheese and jelly is a classic.

                                                        Loved cream cheese and olives on challah. Or American cheese, sometimes with mayo or mustard but usually plain. Or tuna, though I never got to take it to school because my mom was afraid it would spoil. And I just remembered that I sometimes got the vegetarian mock meats like Linkettes or Nuteena on challah with mustard. I loved them! Still love Linkettes but Nuteen has been discontinued.

                                                        1. re: Miri1

                                                          the challah i grew up on (from Orwashers Bakery in NYC) was so unbelievably good on its own i could never bring myself to put *anything* on it when i was fresh. once it was a little stale, toasted with a bit of butter was perfect...or Mom would make french toast.

                                                          but yeah, those matzah sandwiches - i actually looked forward to passover! something about the flavor worked really well with tuna salad too.

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                            My stepmother is Swiss and made Zopf, which is really similar to challah - so incredibly delicious that I've never been able to eat it without anything except butter, either. Oh yum.

                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          A resounding "like" to all of the above, plus the perfect delicious tuna sandwich I took almost every.single.day. But I need to say that, had it been permitted in my house, my platonic ideal sandwich was bologna/mayo/wonderbread. I was so jealous of those sandwiches my classmates got to bring, and enthralled by that weird, perfect square of non-tasting cheese they also sometimes got.

                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                            much to my father's chagrin we didn't keep kosher, so i had that bologna sandwich once or twice - didn't much care for it.

                                                            i would have *loved* tuna every day, but Mom is fatally allergic, so preparation required rubber gloves, open windows, fans running, and EXTREME caution with handling...needless to say it was an occasional treat until i was old enough to make it myself without contaminating the kitchen :)

                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                              Lucky bum! If we'd gone to the same school, I'd certainly have traded yours for mine - but bear in mind that my lunch also contained some healthfully weird early 70's delights like roasted soybeans (which I now adore), raw cauliflower and broccoli pieces, and oh god the shame....yogurt. My lunches were all-but-impossible to trade.
                                                              But, Oh Happy Day! I did finally get to taste one of those "breadaloney" sandwiches w/ mayo years later, and much to my suprise and shock, since I'd build it up to be the Valhalla of sandwiches, it was VILE!
                                                              These days I like my bologna very thinly sliced with hot mustard and onion on rye. Beef bologna, please. Or this bad boy: FRIED bologna with sauteed red onions and melted pepperjack on a hard roll.
                                                              Ha. Take that, mom.

                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                of course now that i can no longer eat soy, roasted soy nuts are one of the foods i miss most!

                                                                i don't think i ever brought that sandwich to school for lunch - i'm pretty sure i tried someone else's once or twice and decided it just wasn't my thing. but if i *had* brought it, i'd have been happy to trade with you...though there's no way you were getting your hands on my Hunt's Chocolate Pudding Snack in the aluminum can ;)

                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                  I was jealous of those, too. I'm afraid I overcorrected w/ my kids, buying snack-size chips, small fruit/and or pudding cups, little juices, etc. I drew a hardline at wonder bread and packaged Hostess pies, though.

                                                            2. re: mamachef

                                                              Tuna melt on matzah... oh, yum!

                                                              My sister used to mash cookies between two slices of white bread. That was it. A cookie sandwich. I think she'd stille at that today, actually, if no one were watching! :)

                                                              1. re: Miri1

                                                                "I think she'd still eat that today, actually, if no one were watching!"

                                                                So would I !!! :)

                                                                1. re: Miri1

                                                                  Like the scene in "The Breakfast Club" where Ally Sheedy's character makes a sandwich out of crush Cap'n Crunch Cereal and sugar....

                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                    heh :) after Visiting Day at summer camp when we were all flush with new junk food supplies from our parents, we would forgo the usual white sugar packets and instead use Pixi sticks to make our sugar & butter "sandwiches."

                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                      Grokkkkk. I used to team-swim in high school, and our swim coach's favorite "lag" remedy was to hand us one of those LARGE pixi sticks. You know the ones; the length of a yardstick and the circumference of a small lead pipe. It worked for sure, but to this day, pixistix and sweet tarts (oh, and let's not forget the packets of dry koolaid) just gross.me.out. : )

                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                        yep - we used to down a Pixi or two right before our heat in a track meet, or if we needed an energy boost during a tough soccer or tennis match (i was a VERY athletic kid).

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          I was waiting for that word to show up since it's what these exchanges are when they really work...grok...

                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            ghg

                                                                            we would throw back boxes of Jello packets for extra energy at our track meets!

                                                                    2. re: Miri1

                                                                      Falls out of chair laughing, Miri1.
                                                                      That reminds me of the Cap'n Crunch and Sugar Sammidge the weird girl made in The Breakfast Club.

                                                                2. I'd roll up brown meat and cheese (I didn't know there was more than one kind yet). My grandma was a chainsmoker and I wanted to be like her. I tried one of her cigarettes . . . by putting the tobacco end into my mouth . . . and chewing. It was the worst thing in the world. I compromised with myself and ate my sandwiches breadless and rolled up like a cigarette. I'd hold it as cool and sophisticated as I could and listen to her tell me stories on the front porch.

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                                                                  1. re: Altarbo

                                                                    Altarbo, what is brown meat?

                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                      Lol. It was probably roast beef. Hopefully roast beef. I just remember as a little kid, we had brown meat and white meat; I liked the brown kind.

                                                                      1. re: Altarbo

                                                                        : - ) just saw this now Altarbo, very cute!!

                                                                  2. The sandwich I liked best to take to school for lunch was cream cheese and strawberry jelly on white bread. But if I could have had either a meatloaf sandwich with ketchup, OR a fried egg with mayo, on *demand*, then I am certain that aforementioned overly-sweet concoction would have been knocked right off the list.

                                                                    1. PB&J
                                                                      grape or strawberry

                                                                      and the fluffernutter...

                                                                      and now that i have a child...i get to introduce her to fun foods...

                                                                      (and yes she will be a chow kid)

                                                                      1. I learned to make egg salad early in my life. I loved it as a child, and I still do. I think making egg salad was the first cooking I was ever allowed to do pretty much on my own, and I was young. (Probably 6 or 7.) Prior to making egg salad, I believe I was partial to Miracle Whip and bread, folded over, and probably bologna, Miracle Whip and white bread. I wouldn't touch any of those now!

                                                                        1. Funny, but although I hated plain boiled eggs as soon as someone added mayonnaise they became not only okay but wonderful. My grandma's egg salad sandwiches were my favorite until Mom came up with another invention: braunschweiger, Swiss cheese and sliced egg, with mayonnaise of course. That became my alltime favorite and still is.

                                                                          We had a standard recipe for sandwiches in our house: butter and mustard on one slice of bread, mayonnaise on the other, then meat, and usually some lettuce, either iceberg or leaf. When I was offered a sandwich at friends' houses I was always surprised at how un-condimented they usually made them, and they were puzzled at my reaction. One day a friend told his mom how the Owens made sandwiches, so she made one like that for me and they both watched me eat it with a certain amount of amusement.

                                                                          1. When my mother started working again, she decided it would make life easier if she made sandwiches ahead of time--and then froze them! So lots of bologna and cheese with mustard and Miracle Whip on white bread that was defrosted and somewhat soggy by lunch.

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                                                                            1. re: escondido123

                                                                              My mom did that too! I always had soggy half defrosted sandwiches. We kids had a choice of bologna, liverwurst, or chicken roll, whatever was on sale. I haven't had chicken roll since I was a kid. Do they even still make it?

                                                                              When my grandparents took us to school they'd pack lunch as well. My all time favorite was tuna fish. They never ate fish, but were willing to make it for me. They would mix the tuna (packed in oil) with the mayo and mush it to the consistency of wall paper paste. - This heaped between two slices of white Stroehmann bread. After the lunch sat in my locker all morning, nothing tasted better to kid me than warm, mushy, fishy, oily tuna fish.

                                                                              1. re: Whinerdiner

                                                                                Re chicken roll - I most sincerely hope not. It was one of the horrors of my childhood.

                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                  Sorry B T. I sorta liked it at the time. I wonder what culinary childhood "horrors" I'm forcing on my son? It'll be interesting to hear his version of events in later years. Nothing makes you relive your own childhood like watching your kids go through theirs.

                                                                                2. re: Whinerdiner

                                                                                  OMG I had entirely forgotten about chicken roll

                                                                              2. cream cheese and jam on raisin bread

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                                                                                1. re: ola

                                                                                  One winter when my mother was pregnant, she made us cream cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches on raisin bread for breakfast and then sent us out to walk to school in upstate NY. I've hated them ever since!

                                                                                  My favorite sandwich as a kid was always the classic BLT on white bread (not Wonder bread!).

                                                                                2. nutella + marshmallow fluff on white bread

                                                                                  turkey deli meat (the gross kind that has too much water and salt in it), yellow mustard, tons and tons of season all salt or old bay on white bread.

                                                                                  SO gross.

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                                                                                  1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                    Sorry, Bisubeats, I Didn't see your post b4. Guess I didn't scroll down far enough. My bad!!

                                                                                  2. I have a few that bring back fine childhood memories and are pretty disgusting
                                                                                    1. My favorite was a sandwich that my grandmother would make for me before I went to the beach. This glorious sandwich would get all soft in the sun and taste great it was a ham sandwich on wonder bread with butter. I can still taste this.
                                                                                    2. My second favorite was a tomato sandwich--but the tomatoes were sprinkled with a generous helping of salt. The bread, again, was wonder bread, and on the bread a heaping serving of Hellman's mayo..it HAD to be Hellmans. AFter this sandwich got warm--whether at the beach or in a brown lunch bag--it was soggy and delicious.
                                                                                    3. Fluffernutter--even when I was pregnant with my three kids--I could not get enough Fluffernutter sandwiches.
                                                                                    4. Cream Cheese and strawberry jelly. Yum.

                                                                                    1. Honey and Peanut Butter...extra smooth peanut butter, and you had to wait a few minutes for the honey to soak into the bread (wheat or white plain bread) so it got crunchy... mmm...

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                                                                                      1. re: kdean509

                                                                                        kdean, I just posted that same thing to buttertart upthread! Love the crunchy bread.

                                                                                      2. Canned corned beef on white bread with mustard. Baloney with miracle whip (and sometimes a few potato chips thrown in). We also ate a lot of bread, butter and molasses.

                                                                                        1. Peanut butter and honey on white. Sometimes I'd ask for just honey. Another way to switch it up was to have pb and cherry jam (the only jam I would eat as a child--no seeds). Sometimes I got bologna or leftover roast turkey or beef, but the fave was peanut butter and honey.

                                                                                          1. White meat turkey on toast.
                                                                                            Cold roast pork on white bread.
                                                                                            Canned salmon with all the icky stuff removed and given to the dog on white or brown.
                                                                                            Buttered bread, no mayo. Ever.
                                                                                            Sandwich fillings no more than 1/4 inch thick (for meat sandwiches, the thickness of 1 slice)

                                                                                            1. Bologna on white bread with mayo. Occasionally mustard. Also my mom's pork salad (ground-up leftover roast pork mixed with celery and mayo).

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                                                                                              1. re: MandalayVA

                                                                                                I grew up on ham salad, but never have heard of pork salad. I'm going to have to try it. Interesting!

                                                                                                1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                  It's seriously delicious--when I make pork roast I always buy a huge one so I can make pork salad with the leftovers. Mom only put in salt and pepper but I add garlic powder. SO GOOD.

                                                                                              2. Tuna salad made with mayo, sweet pickles and their juice

                                                                                                Grilled cheese, made open-faced in the broiler, preferably accompanied by Campbell's cream of tomato

                                                                                                I still like those!

                                                                                                1. Two favorites: one from home and one from summer vacations.

                                                                                                  At home, mom made grilled cheese sandwiches: white American cheese (the Philly staple American), with a nice slice of mozzarella in the middle, on Stroehmann bread cooked in lots of butter in her cast iron skillet.

                                                                                                  Vacation in Cape May every summer. There was (actually, still is) a pub\cafe called the Ugly Mug. They had turkey breast sandwiches with about 1/2 pound of turkey on them. On toast, plain (no mayo, butter, letuce, tomato, etc). I loved to take the chips on the side and smash them into the sandwich.

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                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                    My grandfather was in advertising for Stroehmanns - I about died when I saw your post. We used Stroehmanns bread bags for everything. And he even brought home the yellow and orange truck paint and used it to paint his kitchen cabinets. Old, cheap Sicilian man! :)

                                                                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                      My uncle was an engineer for Stroehmanns . . .fortunately my aunt and cousins did not have to live with yellow and orange cabinets though :: But they were great, colorful bags for our pre-disposal days garbage.

                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                        Empty bread wrappers, wow what they can be used for...
                                                                                                        I didn't use Stroehaman's for garbage but sure used Kilpatrick's blue and white gingham bags for dirty diaper transport (before pampers)! ah the good old days.

                                                                                                        My aunt used to make pie everyday, yes every stinkin single day of her life. and swore that using the inside of the wrappers, any wrappers works best for rolling out pie dough. Yes it does work.

                                                                                                  2. Peanut butter, chunky or creamy, with dill pickles on white bread. I still eat it occasionally, but now on sourdough.

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                                                                                                    1. re: mtngirlnv

                                                                                                      Just like my grandma used to make me back in the 50's!

                                                                                                    2. -Peanut butter & grape jelly on squishy Stroehmans Sunbeam bread with salty potato chips "sandwiched" in the middle. Mmmm...

                                                                                                      -Lettuce and Hellman's mayo on squishy white bread.

                                                                                                      -Ham salad

                                                                                                      -Lebanon bologna & mayo on white - especially in the summer time. But not the summer sausage - or sweet lebanon bologna - yuck.

                                                                                                      1. LT sandwiches. I loved bacon, breakfast out was a side of bacon and a side of white toast. But in the summer a lettuce and tomato sandwich with Miracle Whip on soft white bread was perfect. Don't know why I didn't like bacon on that...

                                                                                                        1. Three that I remember - Bread (homemade), butter (homemade) and grape or strawberry jam (homemade). Or another one was tuna salad on a bun with potato chips put into the sandwich at the last minute to keep the crunch. This was a rare treat. Potato chips didn't make it into the home but maybe once a year.

                                                                                                          The other one is sour dill pickles, thinly sliced, on Wonder bread w/ Miracle Whip. I didn't experience this treat until my junior high year. Wonder bread was outside my realm before then.

                                                                                                          Other memories of treats from home (not in the sandwich arena) - Mom was a wonderful baker. Leftover scraps of pie dough, yes, it was made with lard, would be rolled out thin, cut into diagonals, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and baked. Another was leftover cake frosting sandwiched between saltines. OG - I think my son, at one time, used 'frosting in a can' from the supermarket to recreate that one. Not the same.

                                                                                                          Miss you Mom!

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                                                                                                          1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                            My mother was not a wonderful baker, but once in awhile she would make a pie. The leftover dough from the crust she would make into rounds, press her thumb in the middle and put whatever jam we had on top. Those would come out early and we loved them.

                                                                                                            1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                              Oh, my mother would make those cinnamon treats with leftover pie dough scraps, and I made them for my kids when they were little. YUM!-- hope they remember this with their own kids now!
                                                                                                              Another favourite from my childhood which I passed on to my kids -- take any leftover chocolate frosting from icing a cake, and spread it between graham crackers. Let the graham cracker sandwich cookies sit a little to mellow -- best thing ever in a lunch box or with a glass of milk in front of the TV.

                                                                                                            2. Pimento cheese, first. Egg and olive salad, next.

                                                                                                              1. White bread (pref. Wonder) + Chinese fried pork floss + Chee-tos = perfect afternoon snack.

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                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                  What brand of rou song do you buy?

                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    I don't recall the Chinese name, but it had this sort of cartoonish blue-cow face as its logo.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                      A cow on rou song? Hmm.

                                                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                    Sorry ipsedixit, What is chinese fried pork floss please?

                                                                                                                    1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                      http://www.google.com/search?q=chines...

                                                                                                                      1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                        They say pictures are worth a thousand words ..

                                                                                                                        http://www.google.com/images?q=chines...

                                                                                                                        To me, the best way to describe it, would be the meat equivalent of pork rinds!

                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                          ohhh, that stuff. pork fluff, i call it.

                                                                                                                    2. Here's one I really liked when Mom made supper for us and the hired hands. Melted cheese sandwiches -- open faced, with Grandpa's cheese on top of the bread, toasted in the oven. Went well with tomato soup and waldorf salad, and maybe some pudding for dessert.

                                                                                                                      1. Peanut butter and banana with honey on whole wheat. Traditional for lunch on a fishing trip, for some reason. Now I can't go fishing without one!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: elenacampana

                                                                                                                          oh, that reminds me... in boarding school i discovered the illustrious peanut butter and oreo sandwich. it is as horrible as it sounds: thick layers of PB smeared on two pieces of white bread, topped with whole or crumbled oreo cookies and smooshed together. it was delicious!!!

                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                            the bread just gets in the way - we used to dunk Oreos directly into the PB jar ;)

                                                                                                                        2. Mine has to be the after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich (chunks of white and dark meat) on white bread with Miracle Whip, thick sliced cheddar cheese and lettuce. I wish there was turkey available at the grocery store that was just plain chunks of turkey cut from a whole bird. The processed cold cuts just don't do it for me.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: LorenM

                                                                                                                            any decent delis near you? they might do whole roasted turkeys or turkey breasts, and you can just buy a big chunk and shred or cut it however you'd like for your sandwich.

                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                              Not really any good delis in my neck of the woods, unfortunately. I have made sandwiches from rotisserie turkey breasts from the grocery store deli and baked my own occasionally but the perfect sandwich for me requires about 75% dark meat and needs to sit in the fridge overnight. If there was a restaurant that served Thanksgiving dinner all the time I think I would be a regular but I digress...

                                                                                                                          2. I recall being in love with the club sandwich (see link below) when small. Having to take care of my food needs on my own a lot back then, I remember that was always the sandwich of choice, whether it was from the bakery or the local fast food place. I think I just liked the idea of having "everything" in it, and it was satisfying biting through all the layers.

                                                                                                                            http://whatscookingamerica.net/Histor...

                                                                                                                            1. Chopped liver with a slice of red onion on seeded rye bread was first choice, but couldn't survive a trip to school, it would spoil.

                                                                                                                              For school days: hard salami on pumpernickel

                                                                                                                              1. Fluffernutters were my absolute favorite. Sometimes strawberry jelly was included.

                                                                                                                                Bologna (the good stuff, no Oscar Meyer) with white american cheese and miracle whip.

                                                                                                                                Ham with mustard slathered on one piece of rye bread and sweet pickle relish on the other piece. The potato chips were smashed into the relish side to stabilize the soggy bread.

                                                                                                                                1. Just thought of another lunchtime fave: lebanon bologna on hearty rye with Gulden's mustard. Even better if mom packed chips I could mash into it.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                    What is lebanon bologna? I only remember Oscar Meyer....

                                                                                                                                    1. re: wklouie

                                                                                                                                      It's a Pennsylvania Dutch product (named for Lebanon, PA). It's sweeter and smokier than regular bologna. And people not from the area think it smells funky.

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                        Oh so good on great wheat bread with a layer of cream cheese and some thinly-sliced red onion. And a very large brew.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                          On hearty rye and red onion. And a very large brew ;) And a nice brown mustard (no mayo please.)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                            All the aforementioned by gaffk, with Swiss cheese.
                                                                                                                                            I love the smokiness of Lebanon balogna. Wonder if I can find it here in Georgia?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                              Don't know what it would cost to have it shipped . . . http://www.seltzerslebanon.com/

                                                                                                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                Thanks, gaffk!

                                                                                                                                  2. Ham and cheese loaf on white bread with mayo. Mmmmmmmm

                                                                                                                                    1. my mom used to make me:
                                                                                                                                      braunschweiger with swiss cheese on white toast and mustard - this was my favorite.
                                                                                                                                      sardines on french rolls with mustard, lettuce and tomato.
                                                                                                                                      tuna fish on white bread.
                                                                                                                                      ham and american cheese with mayo on white.

                                                                                                                                      and a rare treat was a ham and cheese on white, butter on both sides of the bread, made in one of those hand-held, metal contraptions that once you clamped down on the sandwich, you'd cut around the edges that stuck out, leaving you with a round sandwich. you'd stick the clamped sandwich over the open flame of the gas burner, turning it over and over, until you had a melted golden disk of cheesy goodness! I want to find one of those again.

                                                                                                                                      miss my mom.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                        Is this the sort of thing you're talking about using?

                                                                                                                                        http://www.pieiron.com/

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                          Yes but it was round, and not of such heavy construction. i remember doing a search for one last year, and i can't remember what it was called, but i did see pics of them. however, i couldn't find the same one i wanted for sale anywhere....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                            That website has several round ones and one is aluminum. Though that may not be what you are looking for. A quick search on ebay for "pie irons" gives results including several vintage ones. Maybe what your mom had will be included there. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                              oh! thanks! didn't look further than the homepage - duh. thanks again!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                this is kind of what i was looking for:
                                                                                                                                                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-NUTBROW...

                                                                                                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                We had one of those we used on camping trips. Buttered bread on either side, canned cherry pie filling, toasted until browned and crispy. I'm surprised we survived without facial scars from boiling hot cherry gloop. Same with the electric frying pan of oil in the dining room when it was taco night. All right mom - 5 kids! No scars!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                              The mom + grilled cheese of whatever stripe memory is a killer. Hugs, mc.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                you are so sweet. thanks BT.

                                                                                                                                            3. Bacon and apple jelly on white bread. Don't know where Mom got the idea, but she gave 'em to us all the time.

                                                                                                                                              1. this is easy. cheddar, under the broiler on brown bread with branston pickle.
                                                                                                                                                sometimes with a bit of thin ham. most times, not.
                                                                                                                                                as a grown up, i sometimes add arugula or mizuna.

                                                                                                                                                1. When I was 6 or so, I loved to mash sardines into a whole bunch of Hellman's mayo and spread it on white bread.

                                                                                                                                                  My mom started me off young on sandwiches of sliced, cold beef tongue on buttered thin sliced Pepperidge Farm white bread with a sprinkle of salt. I also had many Underwood deviled ham sandwiches on the same bread - salty, delicious goodness.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: agoodbite

                                                                                                                                                    +1 on the deviled ham (and chicken too)
                                                                                                                                                    +1 on the meatloaf
                                                                                                                                                    +1 on pbjs with crumbled potato chips!
                                                                                                                                                    usually on homepride buttertop white bread

                                                                                                                                                    As I grew older it was grinders genoa, provolone, shredded lettuce, roasted peppers with oil and vinegar, chicken parm or meatball with provolone, sauce and sweet roasted peppers.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: agoodbite

                                                                                                                                                      My faves on Langendorf's white thin-sliced sandwich bread included:

                                                                                                                                                      -Underwood deviled ham with a thin slice of dill pickle
                                                                                                                                                      -braunschweiger with swiss cheese
                                                                                                                                                      -Chinese BBQ pork (not roast pork) with Best Foods & coleman's hot mustard

                                                                                                                                                    2. Homemade - My Aunt Maries Tuna Fish. It always had relish, celery and onion with Hellmans mayo, had to be Hellmans on Pepperridge Farm Bread. I always wondered why it tastes so good, I thought it was the celery, or the mayo or bread. NO she recently told me. She made it the day before so the "flavor would soak in" Still can't make it like her.

                                                                                                                                                      Store bought. Twin Kiss Chili Dogs. They closed down at least 35 years ago but if I close my eyes I can still taste them. The dogs had this burnt streak on one side. Not over cooked. The chili was meaty and flavorful. I've come close in my search for the perfect chilidog.

                                                                                                                                                      While not my favorite the corner store started making "subs" but used "non-tradiional meat. They had cooked salami, bologna, ham, and some other stuff. They had a different taste but they weren't bad if you were broke or a kid with no taste of the good things in life.

                                                                                                                                                      School Sandwich - back in elementry school they used to serve subs once a month. Somehow this one time I ended up with 8 subs. I could only eat 6.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Just Plain Craig

                                                                                                                                                        mmmm twin kiss

                                                                                                                                                      2. My go to sandwich as a child was rare roast beef with mayo and american cheese. As I got older I added a ripe red tomato slice.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I loved condensed milk between two slices of *white* bread. Messy business. I would put the first layer on and wait for it to soak in before dripping another layer on. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cristallin

                                                                                                                                                            Yes! I remember doing that too as a kid. It was a,ways such a treat when my mom would open a can of condensed milk.

                                                                                                                                                          2. While not a child hood sandwich I had to sad experience to be a guest of the Norfolk Jail system (overnight for a traffic ticket, don't get pulled over in Norfolk, you will go to jail) This guy was eating a cake sandwiich. Yes, 2 pieces of bread with a cake in the middle. Another had a spaghetti sandwich. I'm glad it was only for a night.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Just Plain Craig

                                                                                                                                                              mmm, a spaghetti sandwich. i know this is probably not what you experienced in jail, but if i picture some delicious spaghetti with marinara (with meatballs?!) sandwiched between two crispy slices of garlic bread, i think i could eat that one too.

                                                                                                                                                              then again, i had a bunch of weird cravings the other night and roasted some potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic, then ate them sandwiched in a french baguette with mozzarella, sauteed shredded zucchini, and some balsamic. i was actually horrified with my creation but i ate half the damn baguette. i'm ashamed on many levels.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Tuna (just tuna, mayo, and sometimes a little minced celery,) on sourdough. Still love it. Had it for lunch today.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Akitist

                                                                                                                                                                Can't believe I made it all the way to the end of this Thread and no one had the kind of sandwiches I ate. My mom used to stock the house with sandwich meat. Rare roast beef, ham, and turkey. We would always have rye bread, kaiser rolls, bagels, and regular white bread on hand. Then, my mom would make us combo sandwiches for lunch like roast beef, ham and turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and mustard on a kaiser roll. My favorite sandwich was a veggie sandwich with avocado lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts on an onion bagel or on sprouted whole wheat.

                                                                                                                                                                I have been trying to convince my own kids to branch out and try sandwiches like these but so far they are still into sandwiches that are mostly bread and maybe one slice of turkey or one slice of ham. Slowly they are learning to like panini sandwiches, but not in their lunchboxes.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Akitist

                                                                                                                                                                  I used to drain and dump a can of tuna onto wheat bread, squirt with some mustard, and just have at it. This was in college, however. But then some would say I was still childish back then, and probably even more so now ... So maybe it counts.

                                                                                                                                                                2. my mother used to make a 2 faced sandwich from toasted pita or other bread, spread with a good amount of Hellman's mayo and lots of alfalfa sprouts, that's it. i still love that.
                                                                                                                                                                  i liked my aunt's tuna salad with curry powder (no other additions).
                                                                                                                                                                  and for some reason i really loved liverwurst. i don't think i ate that many cold sandwiches growing up, i was more of a school lunch kid.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Fried egg sandwich with ketchup on white toast. Mom was very germ-phobic so the yolk had to be broken, stirred around, and fried until crispy. Also, no more than egg per sandwich or you'll get a heart attack! As a kid I always thought eggs were super expensive and rare because we ate them so sparingly, and I was surprised to find out how cheap they are when I got out of the house.

                                                                                                                                                                    Also, potato salad sandwiches with carrots, peas, ham, and boiled egg, made with Miracle Whip.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. A bagel, mayo, mustard, Bavarian meatloaf, cheese, lettuce, pickles. I used to have that at least once a week for years.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. From my schoole caffetaria, I would eat almost everyday, sliced tomato, lettuce and cheese, with mayo on Wonder bread.
                                                                                                                                                                        From home, tuna salad with celery on white bread.
                                                                                                                                                                        And on Sunday nights, although they technically aren't a sandwich, we put a slice of white bread, topped with sliced tomatoes, a slice of cheese and a sprinkle of oregano. Put it under the broiler until it gets all melty. It was our "American PIzza."

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh how could I have forgotten. I used to put potato chips inside my tuna sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yeah, potato chips on sandwiches rule!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                              YESS..chips in sandwiches are the best!! And my childhood fav: a sandwich made of ONLY bbq potato chips, lots of MAYO on soft WHITE bread...mmm...I STILL get a craving once in a while! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. My favorite for sure was the creamy peanut butter and iceberg lettuce on white. I think I remember it so fondly because I just don't keep those things in the house these days, so as simple as it sounds, I can't recreate it without stocking the pantry with ingredients I won't use otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                          While it wasn't an old-timey favorite of mine, a few months ago a local restaurant had a tomato and mayo sandwich on white and it was the same sort of thing - fluffy, nutritionally void white bread with a thick spread of Hellmans and a ripe tomato slice. I felt guilty and awful paying $8 for something I'm sure I could have had for pennies as a kid, but it was incredible. Now we're so fancy we pay premium prices for the simplest things.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: saturdaysmouse

                                                                                                                                                                            I use to eat iceberg lettuce sandwiches as a kid too. Soft white bread spread with a lot of french's yellow mustard then a thick hunk of iceberg ripped off the side of the head of lettuce. Once put together I would then moosh the bread to conform it to the lettuce...i haven't thought of one those sandwiches in years. Oh, and as stated upthread, my mom's cold leftover spaghetti mooshed between 2 slices of white doughbread. My horse Prissy liked these too and we would share!!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: saturdaysmouse

                                                                                                                                                                              I love pb with iceberg or leaf lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                When I first glanced at this sans glasses, I read "I love pb with icing."
                                                                                                                                                                                It almost shattered my image of you. : )
                                                                                                                                                                                Then I re-read it, and it's all good. : )

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't even like icing, but I forgive you anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                  ditto, only iceberg for me though.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. How was no one mentioned the sloppy joe, aka the Manwich? Or Sandwich spread, that sort of Thousand Islandy mixture spread thinly on white bread with cheese and vegetables for an easy snack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                  We used to have a version of sloppy joes that were made with onions, canned corned beef and ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                    Mmmm! OMG! ...LOVED that Best Foods Sandwich Spread! (forget they still make it..thx for reminding me!!) with thin sliced HAM on soft, stick-to-the-roof-of-ur-mouth WHITE bread! ahh memories....The ONLY way my grandma would make sandwiches!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. in no particular order:
                                                                                                                                                                                    Fried baloney and cheese with mustard on white.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Post thanksgiving, turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toast.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Meatloaf with ketchup on white bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Egg salad, ham salad or tuna salad.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Grilled cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Salami and provolone subs with lettuce, tomato and olive oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Eggplant subs from Mrs. Palmieri across the st.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tuna salad / egg salad combo; still a favorite and I'm long past childhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                                        mmm...always a good mix! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. honey, fluffernutter and butter on white bread

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Absolute fave even now - a ripe garden tomato sandwich on toast (unfortunately only available for a couple months over the summer). Growing up we had them with bologna, cheese, lettuce and mayo, but now I usually omit the bologna and cheese. Also enjoyed/enjoy grilled cheese (with real butter and broiled for several minutes on each side in the oven) and tuna fish. All with Campbell's Tomato Soup of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                          This may sound weird but as a child, when my mom was sick, my dad sometimes made us a sandwich with brown sugar and honey - yum. Another memory: once while my mom was outside mowing the grass, I asked if I could make a sandwich and I stuck a slice of Oscar Mayar Bologna between 2 slices of white bread. It was so good I secretly had a 2nd one. Till this day, every time I smell freshly mowed grass I get a craving for one.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Best sandwich eating out had to be a Stuffer at a bar called Lady's Night Out in Stowe, Vermont, while vacationing two years ago. Real turkey, stuffing, mayo, cranberry sauce and cheese on a crusty sub roll. Can you get any more "comfort food" than that? Probably if there were mashed potatoes on it!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Guess I was born in a barn, but what's a Fluffernutter? Marshmallow Fluff & PB? Also, my boyfriend sometimes mentioned they ate "chicken roll" lunch meat growing up. Does anyone know if they DO still make the stuff?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. i have 2 that stir fond memories... the fluffernutter, best on squishy white bread IMO, but we never had white bread it was always Roman Meal. my other favorite was butter, peanut butter and cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                              glad i'm not the only one who put peanut butter AND butter on a sandwich as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                I still do. Butter just makes everything better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's how we flew in Canada too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i still do...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  raisin bread ,peanut butter and butter...and sometimes cheese...nice quick breakfast..

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still put butter on peanut butter sandwiches

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peanut butter (creamy) and mayonnaise (Hellman's) on Wonder Bread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tonality666

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Swap out the mayo for Miracle Whip (yes...MW!) and use chunky PB and you have one of my staples. You can even add a slice of American cheese and really live it up - LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. My mother made a salad sandwich of salami, lettuce and tomato with mayonnaise on a baguette. I don't know what was different about it, but I've never been able to make it as well as she did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My father is convinced it has something to do with the oils in one's hands or sOmething. To this day his grandmother is the inly one who can make certain sandwiches for him, although she has passed away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I was on another website that was talking about bag lunches that didn't need to be refrigerated, and that prompts another query? Was there refrigeration/cooling involved with your childhood bag lunches? I grew up in So Cal where it was often very warm and we just stuck our lunches in our book bag or locker. From bologna to tuna fish and everything in between, it basically was stored and eaten at room temp, whatever that was. You?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ditto, in overheated winter classrooms and unairconditioned summer ones. Paper bag, no fridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, during the warmer months drinks were frozen (thawed by lunchtime). Also nothing "unstable" Sept/Oct and April/June--salamis, bolognas, cured meats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny, until your post took me back to the day of no A/C I don't think I knew why mom switched from fresh meat to preserved. November-March was cold enough to use frresh meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the UK, no - just room temp in your lunchbox. I did however go to a very small country school in NZ for a couple of years, and they used to have an oven and you could bring things to be re-heated. A favourite was cheese and baked bean toasties (I think it's similar to American grilled cheese, except made in a toastie maker which sealed the edges so you could have things like beans without them spilling out, 'cause the machine made pockets). You'd take them in wrapped in tinfoil and the school would heat them up and give them back to you for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's right -- and I don't remember anyone ever getting sick from those unrefrigerated meat or tuna sandwiches sitting in our warm Alabama classrooms all morning. Today, we would be charged with child endangerment!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Home-made pound cake between two slices of rye bread. Parents owned a huge hotel -- all cooking and baking done on premises and I pretty much had the run of the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I have 3...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. fluffernutter
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. cream cheese and jelly (either apple or grape) on white bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. baked ham with a layer of chicken salad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rizzo0904

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strawberry jelly is the only acceptable jelly for cream cheese sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Rye bread, 1 slice of honey ham, white american cheese (that's what happened to be in the fridge), and some sliced tomato perfectly grilled. I started making this when I was 10 and perfected it over the years. I loved sliced tomatoes so much as a kid that I ordered this grown your own tomatoes kit from an infomercial with my dad's credit card. He was kind of pissed at first--but my little crop did well and he couldn't stay mad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My family wasn't big on sandwiches when I was growing up, but when I did get one - smooth peanut butter and condensed milk on white bread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also didn't try cream cheese until I was 15, or a grilled cheese until I was in my first year of college, so reflecting back, I feel I lived a very sandwich-sheltered world as a child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Several of my favorites have been mentioned -- or at least in part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In no particular order -- almost all of these would have been on Peperidge Farms white bread:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Fried bologna (aka baloney) with yellow mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Leftover meatloaf with ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Date nut bread with cream cheese (I remember this being quite the fad in the elementary school lunchroom for a while)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Tuna salad (definitely NO relish in it -- what a sad surprise once ordering one out as a kid and finding relish in it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Taylor ham and yellow mustard, usually on rye (yes, from NJ, otherwise known as pork roll)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Turkey (once we moved past the budget-needed chicken roll)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - PB&J, grape jelly only please (and jelly, not jam)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never understood why my mom wouldn't make grilled cheese the way my friend's firefighter dad did -- with butter INSIDE and out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My brother, sometime around jr high/high school, started developing his own sandwich specialties (as teen boys do). I seem to remember his highlight (not that I would ever eat it) -- fluffernutter-jelly crunch. White bread (I think a couple layers, like a club sandwich), PB, marshmallow Fluff, grape jelly, and saltines (hence the crunch).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also remember one of the Mormon students enlightening us all on PB & honey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Gosh this is tough I liked quite a few. My dear dad before his time was always using his meat slicer, slicing ham, headcheese, chopped ham etc. My favorites were if my Dad made it,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liverwurst on white doughy bread with onion and Miracle Whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If my mom made it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deviled egg salad on white doughy bread with pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and if they weren't home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made mayonnaise sandwiches with Miracle whip on white doughy bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Bacon, peanut butter and mayo works for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. My grandmother let me make my own sandwiches which made me feel like such a big girl. One day I grabbed the jar of horseradish and started to put it on the bread. My mother told her to take that away from me because she was sure I wouldn't eat it. My grandmother told her to wait and see what I did. She was an old polish woman and horseradish was near and dear to her heart. Needless to say, I ate the sandwich I made and she thought that was the greatest thing. Horseradish on white bread was my sandwich of choice through my early childhood years. I was a fan of mayo on white bread too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hormel spiced ham and American cheese with mayo on a Portuguese or kaiser roll. To this day, if I have a day off from work alone during the middle of the week, I will go to the supermarket for the ingredients and have this sandwich, preferably in front of the TV watching a good rerun (I Love Lucy would be the perfect show). How's that for reliving my childhood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Does it count if it is an open-faced deal ? And while we ate this as sort of a dessert, bread thick with jam and Fussells (or carnation I guess, but we always had Fussells) cream. If the bread and jam were homemade, even better. mmmm wish I had some now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. elementary school age - baloney with american cheese under the broiler just till the cheese got melty but not burnt and weird smelling. On Pepperidge Farm white bread with yellow mustard. I don't know how many hundreds of these I fixed for myself as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                high school age - liverwurst and swiss on Hearty Rye with brown mustard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or - sardines on rye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And I am so jealous of all the fluffernutter lovers. I never heard of that till I was in my 30's probably, and still have never tried it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I had three, which revolved:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Marmite on white bread. Marmite (not Australian/NZ Marmite, which tastes different. Vegemite is similar to UK Marmite but not quite right (although I'm sure the Aussies and Kiwis think the same, the other way round)). The marmite has to whipped into the butter before it's spread on the bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cheshire cheese and Branston pickle - only worth eating on fresh, crusty white bread and I still love this combo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Tomato, on brown bread. Just buttered bread, with sliced tomatoes and salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now, I'd probably go for ciabatta with mozzarella, salami and sun-blush tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Edit: Oooh! Forgot my absolute favourite, which I was almost never allowed. Buttered white bread, with salt and vinegar crisps as the filling. I absolutely loved it, as did my cat who would always beg for some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    French Fry Sandwich. Always was always will be. A close second bacon and egg (overeasy) on toast with lots of pepper, lettuce and mayo. It has taken me 40 years to master the technique of not losing any of the yolk when you bite into it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 02putt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What do you put in your french fry sandwich???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        French Fry Sandwich would be known in the UK as a chip butty, and would have to involve white bread, butter, tomato ketchup and chips. Not sure if it would be the same for a french fry sandwich, though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cheapest white bread you can buy and loads of butter. God I love a butty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            is the bread toasted??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nooo! It's meant to be squishy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hmmmm..... must experiment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The word "butt-wich" just popped into my head... LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              holy crap, where has this been all my life? i'm surprised i've never heard of it, as i've spent quite a bit of time in europe and am also a french fry connoiseur (yes, that is an official term). i'm going to be converted now; thank you for sharing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                but you've had doner kebabs in Europe, right, with FF? had those in Eastern Europe, in Marseille; and in Paris they have sausage sandwiches on a baguette with fries!!! those are the BEST.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can get something very similar in the French Quarter of New Orleans: a French-fried potato po'boy: Fried potatoes on a French roll, dressed with mayo, lettuce, and tomatoes. Great after a night of too much.....everything, which pretty much counts for every night there..!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm not a big meat-eater in general and avoid it most of the time, so haven't had the doner kebabs that mariacarmen mentioned. but mamachef, you are making my heart sing! i have never been to nola surprisingly but now will have to, if only for a potato po'boy. my favorite discovery many years ago was a friend's mexican mother making deep-fried potato tacos the way her family had made them for generations. holy carp! i then decided to embark on an international-fried-potato-culinary-adventure and it scares my friends but is fun for me. on my list: http://www.tornadofries.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm a sucker for potatoes. i put them in everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My oldest son made up a song when he was quite young, "every day we have potatoes, potatoes every day." Which happened to be true. We also are lovers of the delicious starchy/waxy/floury/red/yellow/purple/white delicious tuber, pretty much in any shape or form. My own personal favorites, recommended as delicious nibbles or a cure for depression or general angst, are buttery mashed potatoes with extra cold butter and salt, or a big baked potato (salt-jacketed if I'm feeling ritzy), mashed into its' own skin with butter, salt and pepper and a goodly spoonful of sour cream. There is no way to eat this and stay upset for long.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I want to hear more about your 'tato adventure, nothingswrong. Please do keep us advised.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait, I just re-read that. DEEPFRIED potato tacos? What all was in them? OMG that sounds so good. I had a Mexican friend whose mom would add potato sticks to her regular taco filling, but deepfried? I'm fascinated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes, i eat potatoes every day and actually made a song up about them as well (although i was probably 21 at the time, so a bit embarrassing). i agree about them curing all sorts of maladies. i eat them when i'm sick and eat them when i'm sad. a magical tuber indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the potato tacos blew my socks off. i have seen them in restaurants and trucks but they weren't deep-fried. his mother made the potato filling--i can't verify exactly what was in them (secret family recipe) but they were the consistency of mashed potatoes with seasonings in them. they're spooned 1/3 to 1/2 way up a tortilla folded in half (like a taco) then submerged in oil until the tortilla hardens. i'm assuming this takes some practice to get right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      then she had an array of toppings and fillings that you added in after frying/draining, like guac, salsa, lettuce, cheese, etc. a delicious vegetarian meal! i've tried to re-create them but am apparently not good with hot oil. i've settled on my own weird starchy concotion of potato burritos (roast potatoes, onions, carrots, sometimes zucchini with EVOO, garlic, cayenne) often also filled with rice. because i love me some carbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as for other culinary adventures in the world of potatoes, i'll just do loosely themed nights where i try adding potatoes to dishes that don't normally have them. tonight, i roasted potatoes, cauliflower, and green beans with garlic then tossed with a balsamic reduction and ate on top of pasta with lots of parmesan. last week i made a potato sandwich (no doubt because of your po'boy comment) with crunchy panko/parm coated roasted potatoes, mozzarella, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and vinaigrette on a baguette. i make lemon-oregano greek potatoes, tomato-onion braised baby reds, latkes, french fries, salt-jacket baked, etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      every night is a new adventure into potato land. i'm highly aware how crazy this makes me sound, but oh well. i'm sure there are plenty of people who would eat truffles and $150 steaks every night if they could... lucky for me, my favorite food costs next to nothing :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i love everything you've said here - potatoes are at the top of my desert island list. What has more versatility? those tacos sound amazing. I like to make a frisee and lardons salad with the poached egg, and then add little salty crispy fried cubes of golden goodness as croutons (um, potatoes, if you hadn't guessed!) Breakfast salad, we call it. the egg gets all over the crunchy potatoes, with the dijon vinaigrette.... yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French fry burrito! I had one last month at this taco shop where my sister said the veg burrito was outstanding. Beans, french fries, cheese, onions and guacamole--it weighs a pound. Too much food for me, but have to say the potatoes were outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mmm! you're killing me here... roasted potatoes have become my substitute for french fries--my TRUE love. since i'm not about to break out a deep fryer on a daily basis (already mentioned i'm an idiot around hot oil), roasting thinly sliced potatoes is a good alternative. i have seriously/literally/entirely mastered the art of making seasoned potato wedges. i'm sorry, but they are absolutely spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not to pry too much, but are you in or around SD? i would gladly make the drive from LA to eat one of those FF burritos...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We were starved yesterday and pulled into Taco Bell. Ordered the beef burrito with the spicey fritoes in them. It was only 99 cents and it was awesome. Then I saw these potato tacos and potato burritos.... I have to go back and try them -- these were under $1 also. http://www.tacobell.com/menuitem/Cris...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter, and then you have to squish it to flatten it. Sometimes with ketchup and malt vinegar. I also put the fries in a Pita with Hummus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. A few - and always on Wonder white bread that was sliced in half in the bread slicer:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bologna and cheese with Miracle Whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Mayonaise and cheese" - which was really American cheese and Miracle Whip (which I finally realized after going to a friend's house and having real maynoaise and cheese!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sliced egg and miracle whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cucumber, onion and miracle whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peanut butter, miracle whip and American cheese (so gross now!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or...if I got lucky enough to go to the local deli - sub with roast beef (nice and rare), lettuce, onions and mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clearly, we only used MW as a spread in our house! Only got the mayo when I went out somewhere!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mine was called a Belgian. 1 slice of Wonder white w/margarine and Smuckers Grape and the folded over. Grandpa, from Belgium and my mom grew up on them homemade, of course. Mom doesn't know why they were named that. I've seen a lot of other folded sandwiches here, but not that'un.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hammy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Crunchy PB (only Jiff) and Canadian Bacon on untoasted rye bread or an everything bagel. PB and jam, apricot preferred but strawberry would do, on Merita or Publix white bread. PB and banana with honey on white to be eaten with dad. PB and jam on matzo. No wonder I was hyper and had high cholesterol. Thankfully, I never liked bacon...makes my current pork free lifestyle just a bit easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuna with lots of relish and almost no mayo. Turkey on white...that's it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My favorite a Tomato sandwich. Kilpatrick's white bread, Best Foods mayo, and a few slices of tomato. I was pleased to read that its was also the favorite of "Harriet the Spy".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another favorite was PB and J made on the same bread with Empress raspberry jam, which was made in Canada. I still miss that jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would also occasionally eat liverwurst sandwiches, but I had to be in the mood for them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Optimally on white (was ww even an option back in the day?) Wonder bread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Bologna and ketchup w margarine, not butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - PB and Welch's Grape Jelly or PB and Iceberg lettuce - no butter or margerine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Potato Chips (plain, salted) - bread buttered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Chip butty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still eat both pb variations today!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't know it was whole wheat until much later, and we never called it that, but we did always have brown bread, my great-uncle preferred it (and I liked it for salmon sandwiches especially, another childhood favorite, it was pretty much the only fish I'd eat). And Hovis sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leftover - cold meatloaf with stuffing...bread with bread - yum..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mostly grew up in Central New Jersey, so have to shout out for pork roll and melted cheese on soft buns, and Italian hoagies. Absolute favorite was the Marshall Field's special, which Mom made occasionally for a special treat, usually with chicken instead of turkey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://lakemagazine.com/recipes/recip...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She was an excellent cook, made terrific turkey stuffing every holiday, and my oldest brother always used to make stuffing sandwiches with Wonder Bread and a little left-over gravy the day after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. When I was really little, my dad used to make me "mustard sandwiches." Yep. Just plain white toast, spread with yellow mustard. Although my favorite sandwich as a child was probably a BLT, with tomatoes fresh out of my mom's garden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: anakalia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mmmmmm. You just reminded me that one night every summer during the height of the tomato season, we'll cook up a lb and a half of bacon, toast up some dark wheat bread and make bt sandwiches with thick slices of beefsteak tomatoes and real (not light) Hellman's mayo. All else we need is a half a dozen ears of corn from the farm next door and we're all set.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Never had a childhood sandwich, I was raised by wolves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My favorites were open-faced grilled cheese (run under the broiler) and tuna salad (made with sweet pickles chopped, some sweet pickle juice, mayo and mustard). Boring, but those were my favorites. My brother's favorite was fried baloney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hands down favorite kids sandwich has got to be the Flutternutter sandwich. Gooey sweet marshmallow fluff contrasting with the salty, slightly gritty peanut butter all held together by the glorious whiteness of the Wonder bread. Washed down with an ice-cold glass of milk. I can picture James Beard eating this as a child and thinking "My God, I want to prepare food for a living".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: unami

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never had it nor heard of it till I read about it on Chowhound quite recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm unsure how an adult would react to the sandwich. I occasionally make it for myself now, but I believe it is the Nostalgia that I am tasting more then anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. i have a few, and i can't believe i used to eat this way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -bologna, american cheese, and mayonnaise on wonder bread. the more smushed together, the better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -toasted english muffins sopping with butter and a (heaping) spoonful of white sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -jelly-only sandwiches, no peanut butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My mother didn't believe in American cheese, bologna or regular white bread like Wonder bread, so those were OUT. I always wondered about this combo and thought it would be yummy, but when I finally had it, didn't really like it -- too gummy and bland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cotto salami and dijon mustard on seeded rye bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuna Salad: tuna mixed with boiled egg, finely chopped celery, finely chopped pickle, green onions, green olives (just a few), a little bit of mayo, and a dribble of soy sauce. This would be served on lightly toasted salt rising bread or sour dough, with a slice of tomato and a wad of watercress, sometimes with a slice or two of bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deviled ham mixed with chopped boiled egg, pickle, a tiny bit of mayo, on pumpernickel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BLTs with avocado with mayo on toasted Wheatberry bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sliced warm boiled egg on toasted sourdough slathered with mayonnaise and sprinkled with Lawry's season salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Camping or road trip favorites -- Kraft Old English Cheese or Pineapple Cheese spread on Ritz Crackers; road tripping in France with Cantal or Emmental cheese, a slice of Saucisson with a squirt of dijon (from a tube!) on a hunk of baguette eaten on the side of the road; cold hot dogs right out of the package when stuck in a mountain snow storm without chains on the tires. (We were supposed to grill the hot dogs but we never made it to our picnic site because of the storm and we were famished!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pimento cheese on crackers on thin party rye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Man, I just remembered another childhood favorite, which was Underwood 'Red Devil' Chicken spread, spread over Wonder white bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Begun more than 170 years ago on Boston's Russia Wharf by William Underwood. Underwood's canned foods were among staples pioneers took westward in their covered wagons. The "Underwood Devil" appeared in 1870 as a descriptive logo for the process of "deviling"(ground meat processed with special seasonings). The oldest existing trademark still stands for quality and great taste'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I used to love french fry sandwiches, made with real french fries of course. So satisfying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Skippy (creamy) peanut butter and Hellman's mayonnaise on a fluffy Wonder-type bread. I still occasionally enjoy a PB & M, but have upgraded to Teddie's PB and Arnold or Pepperidge Farm bread (still white.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tonality666

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My dad ate one of these every day when he got home from work. I thought they were so gross when I was a kid that it put me off of peanut butter sandwiches forever. Never had one, never will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad you like em though! More for you!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tonality666

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For us, it was PB and Miracle Whip on that same Wonder-type bread (although lots of times it was "slice-a-sliced" in half into thin pieces). The other variety of this sandwich was PB and MW with a slice of American cheese. I really loved these sandwiches, but HATED (and still do) PB&J - go figure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Tonality666

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, Skippy and Hellman's- I don't know whether to applaud or puke. Very God-like though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tonality666

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Dad ate these as well. He also ate peanut butter and horseradish believe it or not. Dads have a knack for eating weird things I guess. I couldn't get into these ones but do like a good sardine and Miracle Whip sandwich once in a while which he also made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. honey, banana, and peanut butter! with a glass of cold milk. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fluffernutter.......still eat them, just not fussy on the peanut butter though, so it's 1 part peanut butter and 5 parts fluff. they keep fluff in the ice cream isle for some reason. there is a bunch of awesome recipes on the fluff site. been eating fluffernutter sandwiches for over 40 years. craving one now......got to go!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Don't know if I can pick just one. It was fun reading everyone's responses. Here's a list of my favorite sandwiches, in no particular order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried Oscar Mayer bologna on white bread with butter and ketchup. If potato chips were in the house, they made it on the sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oscar Mayer braunschweiger on toasted Jewish rye with Plochman's yellow mustard and kosher dill pickles. My mom and I were the only ones in the house who ate this combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried egg, american cheese, sausage patty and mayo on a cinnamon raisin bagel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I grew up with only margarine (never butter) and Miracle Whip (never mayonnaise) and always and only white bread. I was deprived I tell you. I was also deprived of a school lunch room until I was in 10th grade.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We went home for lunch. So, lunch was often leftover dinner, or campbell's soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My fave sandwiches, however, were PBJ (only if my father made them, mom barely scraped peanut butter (Peter Pan) on the bread, but Dad loaded it up); cold meatloaf w/ketchup; fried egg w/ketchup; good bologna w/ketchup; and my personal fave which I made all the time, a sort of omelet w/american cheese (never ever "singles" or "slices" or "cheese food") on white w/Miracle Whip. I ate hundreds of those

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SO right there with you on the marg and MW! My mom used to slice-a-slice the Wonder Bread (so that one piece became two). Never liked PB&J, and cold meatloaf belonged on a sandwich with that MW - total YUM!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I second the olive and cream cheese sandwich mentioned earlier, except with canned black olives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also there was a high end grocery store with a great deli where I grew up, my favorite was turkey, cucumber, and mayo on baguette. The sandwiches were so large I'd usually have to share with my sister though so in that case it was ham and sprouts on baguette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Home made brown bread with home made butter with home made mayo with very thin slices of elk and very thin slices of raw onion. One of many favorites my mother used to make us for school lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. White bread (any super-soft kind) w/Best Foods MAYO and BBQ CHIPS only! Mmmm.....still like 'em! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TeriPie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BBQ Chips and mayo! That sounds yummy in a strange good way. I never thought about adding chips to a sandwich until a friend introduced me to putting potato chips on tuna salad sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Divalicias

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    omGosh Diva! ..u just HAVE to try it! Make sure to stack up the chips pretty high and then top with mayo'd bread and then SMASSHH together!! ;-) LOL...IF u like mayo and BBQ chips ur gonna LOVE it I'm sure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My uncle loves bacon grease sandwiches. He use to make them all the time. I thought he had to be the only one that enjoyed these. His favorite had mayo on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Butter and apples (taught to me by Norwegian neighbor)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grilled cheese with relish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter and hard salami
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cream cheese and grape jelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liverwurst and mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. It's been forever since I've had one, but when I was a kid I used to pester my mother to make me fried bologna sandwiches: just fried bologna on a bun with a healthy dose of yellow mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember these sandwiches fondly. I'm gonna have to make one sometime soon to see if it lives up to my recollection.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah, what a memory! Me too. Of course the bologna will turn into a dome when fried. A little radial slit and it's back to flat. Thanks for that memory!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I always loved barbecue on a bun but during and right after World War II meat was rationed and hard to get and I remember local joints serving barbecue sandwiches made with barbecued baloney. I can't believe I liked it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Peanut butter and Pickle. Sounds awful, but if you'll try it, you will see... spread PB on both slices of bread (to prevent sogginess), cover one side with a layer of pickle slices, then slap on the other slice of PB bread. Although dill is my fav, any variety will work. This is a family favorite passed down from my father's family (all aunt's uncles and cousins are quite familiar with it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I never tried this one, but 30+ years ago a friend of mine used to give her daughters tuna fish salad and grape jelly sandwiches. That's tuna salad and grape jelly together. Makes my stomach lurch at the thought, but my husband says "What's so different between that and turkey with mayo and cranberry sauce?" I dunno...to me there is a huge distance between poultry and fish when mixing with mayo and fruity things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did love the fried bologna sandwiches a childhood friend's father used to make us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How about cold baked beans on white bread (firm white, not mushy Wonderbread)? And my absolute favorite, sliced tomato and mayo with a little salt, again on a firmer bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MaineCook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Actually the tuna+jelly doesn't shock me since so many tuna salads.. or chicken salads.. have grapes or dried cranberries together

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Still trying to figure this one out. My mom eschewed mayonnaise, and Miracle Whip wasn't even on her radar. French's Sandwich Spread, a mustardy/ relishy thing, was her go-to. So imagine my suprise when I looked in her mother's (My Grandma Mimi's, godbless her heart) fridge and saw NOT ONLY MAYO BUT MIRACLE WHIP. I think Ma maybe was adopted. Now on the other hand, I love good mayonnaise and generally make my own or use Best Foods. But the mayo hatred skipped a generation. My son won't touch anything w/ visible mayo, and my daughter would basically run screaming out of the room if she saw a jar of it, and that has lasted until this day. Their fridges are loaded w/ good mustards, and that's how they rolll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My daughter-in-law-to-be also has an aversion to anything with mayo...and I think she is about the 3rd person in my life with that 'affliction'. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I, too, have been known to have both mayo and Miracle Whip in the fridge. There are some things that just taste better with MW (I hate to say) and it makes my husband SO happy when I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MaineCook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you made pea/cheddar salad with MW? SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD. Equal parts defrosted frozen peas and cubed sharp cheddar with a sprinkle of mild white onion. Mixed w/ the MW. Ho ho ho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef: I have never made it myself, but know I've tasted it either at a church 'do' or someone's potluck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Descending the stairs from kitchen to basement as 10 year old kid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I gazed upon storage pantry, open shelved, against cool wall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There were two cases, yes boxes, of canned Starfish tuna.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I now knew the source of my sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mom was real good at making pimento cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So lunchbag was alternated twixt the two of these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Later in years, her cancer most imminent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                was joy of adult time of me and my Momma.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Up close to the end, she maintained independence,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with her stalwart and frugal insistence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That we max weekly special of tuna for .29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and checkout in separate lines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still feel the cool of the wall harbored cases of tuna.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and have passed down the art of making pimento cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I never felt need to trade out my sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, that's beautiful FF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's lovely, FoodFuser. My mother loved pimento cheese, too. I just remembered all the great bagel sandwiches (grilled ones with eggs, sausage, ham, etc. or the ones with flavored cream cheese and lox) one of our NJ delis made when I moved to NJ for grad school. That same deli made incredible egg salad and bacon sandwiches on rye toast and those great sloppy joes that are triple deckers of bread, cole slaw, Russian dressing and a choice of ham, turkey or beef (not a manwich in sight!). We used to pick them up on our way to study sessions at all the libraries in a 50 mile radius that we haunted night and day, when we weren't teaching, etc. At Alexander Library at Rutgers, where we both taught, we would sneak our booty into one of the gated study carrels, and try to eat as quietly as we could. Others had the same idea. The thrill of being caught added to the savoring of each bite, no less I worked at the library of our school, where we would sneak in our lunches, which could never be too "odiferous," so I should have known better. Some of these sandwiches were so messy, we had a hard time stopping to write notes. I'm salivating just remembering those good times and foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. My parents are both Italian, we've always had good cold cuts on hand growing up. This is my favorite:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 slices Toasted sliced Ciabatta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 slices ripe tomato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 tsp Mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mortadella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Muenster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom also tricked my youngest brother when he was 5 or 6 into eating cheese (which he claimed to hate) by feeding him 'turkey sandwiches...' thick sliced muenster cheese which he though was turkey because of the dark lining on the outside of the cheese slice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm told my favorite sandwich as a child was peanut butter and honey dates on either my Gramma's home made bread or store-bought whole wheat. No wonder I'm the strapping lass that I am today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bonefreakchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a kid I enjoyed anchovy paste with butter on rye bread (my cousin still freeks out about my bizarre taste ) ... Yum yum !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. My favorite aunt Ginny used to make us toasted cheese sandwiches, aka grilled cheese, and I loved them so much even though she didn't use anything spectacular, or even up to today's standard, she made them with a lot of love for me and tha's what I tasted. I sure miss her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Underwood's deviled ham on white with Best Foods, dijon, & a leaf of romaine or sliced fresh Chinese BBQ pork (with burnt ends) with Best Foods & Coleman's hot mustard - no veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hot toast, crunchy peanut butter on one piece, butter on the other, hot crispy bacon in between slices--eat immediately while peanut butter and butter melt into the bacon. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodGranny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah! for me it was the BLT minus the L and T. Good toast, buttered, maybe a superthin layer of mayo (maybe not), with crispy bacon piled between the slices. Wow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Leftover meatloaf sandwiches, either cold with ketchup and cheddar/sour cream Ruffles or hot with the same plus cheddar cheese on toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I loved fried bologna sandwhiches, but one time my mother, who was the adventerous eater said, let's put a fried egg on it...I said I would try it. We both agreed that it had to be on rye bread with some yellow mustard!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love it to this day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Raw sweet/mild onion on buttered crusty white bread, with salt and pepper; buttered bread with peanut butter and raspberry jam; fried egg between 2 slices of buttered bread; tuna fish, mayo, celery and onion on toasted bread; egg salad made the same way as the tuna, and all served with potato chips if possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Not necessarily child, but a turkey, havarti and brown sauce sandwich is actually quite delicious

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cacruden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      while i was in NYC a couple weeks ago, at the Breslin savoring their fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, I thought of this thread. but only for a second, because that was the longest i could keep my mind off how amazing the sandwich was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. My mom always made "grilled pizza sandwiches," which were grilled cheese with mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, and pizza sauce. I get to drooling just thinking about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: writingislove

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sounds really good!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 2 that I still make about once per year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        genoa salami, yellow Land O Lakes american, and whole wheat bread. nothing else.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bologna, yellow Land O Lakes american, on a super buttered English muffin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't had a cream cheese and strawberry jelly in a long time, but that was my favorite to take to school. I was the only weirdo whose sandwich was wrapped in foil not a baggie, so I still like to make mine that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The one that I remember as being the most delicious were the sandwiches my mom made me to take to school. They were avocado cut up into large chunks with slices of monterey jack cheese, Best Foods mayo, Grey Poupon dijon mustard, salt and pepper on whole wheat bread. Just made myself this the other day and it knocked my socks off. It has to be room temperature, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: circustance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds fantastic. I am stealing this idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: circustance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I want one of these. But may I sub in Pepper Jack and not be a heretic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. As a California kid I enjoyed this weird sandwich. Two slices of wonder bread with slices of avocado, Best Foods mayonnaise and a dash or two of salt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My favorite sandwich as a kid was cold, leftover chili between two slices of squishy Wonderbread with a slice of cheddar cheese. I thought it was wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. One that I'd completely forgotten was a thick layer of cream cheese and a good spread of jelly, which had to be Welch's grape, cut into triangles, crusts trimmed. I could eat one now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep, the standard school lunch from 6-10. When mom & dad were flush, peanut butter was included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the same sandwich? You varlet!! : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh - that was one of the PRIME sandwiches. I just loved it so : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On pepperidge farm sandwich white, was best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. My favorite sandwich was peanut butter(chunky) and banana on cinnamon raisin bread.'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Second was grandma's apple butter and peanut butter on white split top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. bologna american cheese mustard on white bread. I'm now 49 and still love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ctfoodguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I sometimes substitute kosher salami, or liverwurst, (if it has been a real tough day)....if I am concerned about my health, I will have it on whole grain bread (lol).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ctfoodguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ditto, except Miracle Whip instead of the mustard... Wonder Bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That works too! Not too bad on French baguette . I had one this past Saturday ... Also....liver wurst, butter, mayo and a thin slice of onion on rye. I don't know how the butter ended up, but I think my mom was once out of mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Open faced turkey with real (not canned) turkey gravy on lightly toasted wheat bread, with mashed potatoes and again, real turkey gravy. Some real (not canned, or frozen) cranberry compote nearby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That was great, but hard to find today, unless one does the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. !. Peanut butter (chunky), bacon, dill pickle chips, on toasted white bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cold sliced leg of lamb, s&p, romaine lettuce, on toasted buttered sourdough. Sometimes with a squirt of lemon juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Datenut bread and cream cheese!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My favorite sandwich as a child was, hands-down, peanut-butter and jelly -- grape jelly and white bread. I liked it cut into triangles, later thought squares were best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Second runner up would be pimiento and cheese sandwiches. Also, as a child I thought that ham sandwiches with mayonnaise AND mustard were unique and absolutely raved about them. At our house ham sandwiches were mustard only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. First would be tomatoes, Hellman's mayo and salt on Pep. Farm white bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Second would be grilled peanut butter and bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Third is cream cheese and green pimento-stuffed olive on WW bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another that I remeber, but not very fondly, was peanut butter and molasses, which my mother would make when we were going hiking or skiing...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love tomato sandwiches. How would you make your grilled pb and bacon?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I prefer my molasses in gingerbread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cream cheese and sriracha is quite good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cathodetube

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I make the grilled pb and bacon pretty much the same way I do grilled cheese. Peanut butter (chunky for me!) spread on each of 2 slices of bread, a layer (or two) of crispy bacon, then smoosh together, butter the outsides and into the cast iron skillet until cripsy and brown. YUM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (I also like peanut butter and kimchee sanwiches, but that was a later-in-life discovery...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, ok. I thought you might say you fried the sandwich in the bacon fat! Peanut butter and kimchee sounds good. I just had cabbage and onion cooked with apple cider vinegar for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cathodetube

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have cooked the sammie in bacon fat, and it was good, but when I was a kid it was always butter...actually margerine, now that I think about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Mine would have to be the Italian sub from a place called Vandy's. I used to walk a neighborhood child home from school and watch her til her mom got off work from there and she brought me one of those now and again. Oh what a treat. Next would be peanut butter and strawberry jelly mixed together and spread on toast. Third would be fried bologna. I could go on and on. Loved sammies as a child.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I forgot about fried egg and miracle whip and white bread not toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Home made brown bread. Home made butter. Thousand Island salad dressing. Very thin sliced sweet onions. very thin sliced caribo and a sprinlkle of S/P. Used to take these to school almost every day. Either caribo or elk or moose or deer or duck or pheasant of pretty well anything that moved. Of course a big slice of buttered bread and a big piece of Menno. sausage also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Haven't done this in 40 years, but I used to love a broiled baloney and American cheese on rye. The baloney curled up into a cup, and you had to watch it under the broiler to get it slightly brown on the edge of the meat, but not on the cheese. American cheese is very strange when it gets scorched.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Baloney curled up into a cup? Loved seeing that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brought back memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So I did a search and found...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bologna Cups With Mashed Potatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.food.com/recipe/bologna-cu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I was never that much of a sandwich eater but my favorite childhood sandwich was ham and cheese loaf (sometimes Mom would get the prepackaged Oscar Meyer, but fresh from the local deli was better) on honey wheat bread spread very thinly with butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I had three that I really liked as a kid and to this day I still love these. First was a fried bologna ( and I mean fried to a CRISP) with colby longhorn cheese with yellow mustard on white Wonder bread. My mouth is watering just typing this. I think I have to go to the store and get some right after I post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second was a Velveta cheese sandwich on white bread with a condiment that was called Sandwich Spread. It was a mayo type spread with sweet pickle relish mixed in it. I don't remember who made it, but I don't see it in stores anymore. Wish I could find it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third was Braunschweiger on white bread with grape jam ! My grandmother introduced that one to me when I was about 8 years old. I just had one of these for lunch today!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: judicon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still see sandwich spread in my local store (NC). Kraft and Duke both make their own versions. Just check near the mayo for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Funny this thread reappeared today as over the past two weeks I was reminded of it a few times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Two weeks ago I purchased seeded rye, genoa salami and Utz potato chips. With the Gulden's mustard at home, these combined for a couple of great sandwiches that week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last week it was marbled rye, lebanon bologna and Utz potato chips. Again, with mustard, these made some very tasty sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I'm flashing back to childhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tomorrow it's going to snow . . .I see an American and mozzarella grilled cheese in my future ;) Too bad there's no Campbell's tomato soup in the pantry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You'll just have to make your own Campbells....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.ellesnewenglandkitchen.com...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks! Those ingredients I do have in my pantry :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It'll be interesting to see if it's really all that much like it. I'd have to nix some of that sugar, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 tbsp of sugar for 9 servings doesn't seem so bad. I'm sure the sweetness of the soup was part of the attraction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and I loved this line at the end:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Serve in mugs with grilled cheese sandwiches and some kind of cheesy cracker, because that's the law."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good thing I have some pizza Goldfish in the pantry as well. Wouldn't want to run afoul of the law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can't be too careful about those things...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good point about the servings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's rainy and ugly out today. I've been painting my kitchen cabinets, and the hubster and I wanted a quick lunch. Campbell's Golden Tomato soup with a grilled American cheese sandwich and a pickle did the trick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think one of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder is an urge for foods mom served on snow days ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ETA: Damned groundhog. Instilling false hope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Thuringer and swiss cheese on pumpernickel bread with mustard. We only ate them when we traveled. My mom always packed a picnic lunch for us - no fast food, it was too expensive for 5 of us! I haven't had one in years. I don't even think I can buy Thuringer in VA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What, pray tell, is Thuringer? A quick google brings back sausage, rabbit, meats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. My favorite was probably a tie between fluffernutter and PB&J. The fluffernutter must be made with creamy JIF, while the PB&J must be made with chunky JIF. And no white bread in my family, although the split-top wheat bread we had probably isn't much different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think for most lunches in elementary school, my mom would pack me a turkey and American cheese sandwich though. They don't get as mushy as the two spread-based sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also loved grilled cheese, always made with Muenster, the same as I prefer today. Actually I still love all of the today, except that I prefer ham to turkey and Swiss to American cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 1. PB and J
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 . Cream cheese with strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Nutella and Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Regular Lebanon bologna, white American cheese and Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard. Yum!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Oh, I almost forgot, it was always on white supermarket sandwich bread, usually Wonder, Stroehmann, or Freihoffer's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Speaking of Fluffernuttters, you should try a variation with Nutella and marshmallow Fluff. It's really good!! trust me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. At the market I was reminded of a wonderful sandwich I used to eat practically everyday when I was a child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, iceberg, sprouts, and a good chuck of cheddar with mayo and a strong mustard on squishy, fresh squaw bread. There used to be a sandwich shop at my local mall that made the most delicious version of this sandwich and it spoiled me for any other version. I miss that shop!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. In the early sixties, I can remember my old man having a snack of King Oscar sardines on Saltine crackers with a can of beer. I actually tried it when he offered me some. To this day, a few times a year I get the craving. For me, there is no better sardine and no sense in using anything other than King Oscar and I have tried them all.