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Different Types of Sandwiches

What Types of Sandwiches Are There?

Sandwiches come in many different varieties, including:

  1. Open or Open-Faced
  2. Plain
  3. Pinwheel
  4. Closed Tea
  5. Ribbon
  6. Mosaic or Checkerboard
Open-faced caprese sandwich

Open-faced caprese sandwich

1. Open or Open-Faced

Open sandwiches use one kind of bread and have the filling on top. The bread slices can be cut into squares, tri­angles, or rounds. Sometimes butter is spread lightly on top and pieces of cheese or meat fillings are placed on top. They may be gar­nished with slices of carrots, raisins, pickles, and the like to make them more attractive. Open sandwiches are similar to canapés, a type of French hors d’œuvre.

A regular ol' sandwich

A regular ol' sandwich

2. Plain

A plain sandwich is made up of two slices of bread that are sometimes toasted. The crusts may or may not be removed, depending upon your preference. Butter, mayonnaise, or a prepared sandwich spread may be used as lining to prevent the bread from absorbing moisture from the filling. Besides preventing the bread from becoming soggy, the spread also adds flavor and nutrients. Moreover, it ensures that the bread and the filling will stick together. Some examples you may be familiar with would include a roast beef sandwich or a grilled cheese.

Pinwheel sandwiches

Pinwheel sandwiches

3. Pinwheel

Pinwheels are made of a flatbread bread (like a tortilla or lavash bread) that is cut lengthwise, about 3/8 inch thick. Fresh bread is preferable because it's easy to roll and will not crack. Trim crusts (if there are any) and flatten long slices with a rolling pin. Spread bread with softened butter or margarine and your choice of any smooth filling, like creamed cheese, marmalades, cheese pimiento, peanut butter, jams, and jellies. Smooth fillings are ideal for pinwheel sandwiches because they do not have bulk and can be spread thinly. Place sweet pickles or several stuffed olives at the end of slice. Roll the bread up like a jelly roll. Wrap each rolled sandwich individually and chill for several hours or until they are firm. When ready to serve, unwrap the rolled sandwiches and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Use a sharp knife or a bread knife so the cuts clear and neat. Arrange and serve them on a platter. Garnish if needed.

Tea sandwiches

Tea sandwiches

4. Closed Tea

Closed tea sandwiches may be made ahead of time and frozen. They should be removed from the freezer at least three hours before they are to be served.

Remove the crusts of a day-old bread. With cookie cutters of various shapes and sizes, cut as many pieces as possible from each sandwich. Try to have a variety of squares, rectangles, and oblong shapes. Save the scraps and crusts for crumbs. For each sandwich, spread butter on one piece of bread and filling on the other. Top the filled side with the buttered side. Place on wax paper or in a clean, damp towel and place in an airtight container to freeze.

An almost-ribbon sandwich

An almost-ribbon sandwich

5. Ribbon

A ribbon sandwich is basically a multi-tiered sandwich. Think something along the lines of bread, spread, meat, cheese, another layer of bread, meat cheese, third piece of bread. The image directly above is a great example of a layered sandwich. A ribbon one goes a step further by removing the crust and cutting the layered sandwich into 1inx1in square sections.

Colored bread is suitable for this type of sandwich. Al­ternate 3 slices each of pink and green bread with one or more fill­ings spread between slices. Press together the stack of slices, and then trim crusts. Wrap and chill for several hours. When ready to serve, cut into 1/2-inch slices.

The beginnings of a checkerboard sandwich

The beginnings of a checkerboard sandwich

6. Mosaic or Checkerboard

A checkerboard or mosaic version uses two sandwiches. First, you remove the crust, then you cut them into similarly-sized squares, like the ham and cheese squares above, and then you arrange the pieces to look like a checkerboard! If you can, this type of sandwich looks best when the types of bread you use are different colors.

The initial step is similar to that of the rib­bon sandwiches.

  1. Press together a stack of slices, and then trim crusts.
  2. Wrap individually and chill for several hours.
  3. Cut out several squares, each about 1/2 inch wide.
  4. Spread cut sides of rib­bons with fillings.
  5. Stack 3 ribbon sandwiches so that green and pink sections alternate. Wrap and chill for several hours.
  6. Slice about 1/2-inch thick into checkerboard sandwiches immediately after removing from the refrigerator.

These are some­times called checkerboard sandwiches because the alternating colors look like a checkerboard.

Sandwich-Making Tips

  1. When cutting bread, keep slices together in pairs so that they will fit together.
  2. Have butter, margarine, or spread at room temperature so that it will spread without tearing the bread. Use cream if necessary. Be sure that the spread is very thin.
  3. Certain diets also affect which type of sandwich filling you should use. Some people prefer more expensive fillings like chicken, lunch meat, corned beef, and sausages, while others prefer simple fillings like egg, tuna, and cheese.
  4. Bread may also be layered with one or more types of filling as in clubhouse sandwich.
  5. Different colors of bread can be combined together and sliced differently to make interesting designs for the sandwich.
  6. Apply spread on bread evenly to prevent sogginess.
  7. Vary your sandwiches by using different shapes and fillings.

How to Pack Sandwiches

To keep the sandwich in better condition, it may be wrapped in paper napkins or placed in bags, especially if they are to be packed snacks. If you plan to serve the food immediately, you might serve them on a fancy plate. Any sandwiches that you plan to serve later should be placed in a covered tray lined with a damp towel. Keep them there until serving time to avoid drying.

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angelo gabriel palangan on November 15, 2017:

thanks for this post it helps me a lot

Kp the great on February 26, 2016:


What a mosaic is the mosaicsandwich

Kp the great on February 26, 2016:

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Eibrab Naej on January 05, 2016:

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ritu sharma on March 22, 2014:

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shaair smith on May 25, 2013:

In jamaic we do the pinwheel sandwich different we put colourin in the cheese and mix it up and then sread it on the bread....... we are the best people..... I'm Jamaican love it 2

deneka on February 28, 2013:

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blessed on September 10, 2012:

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lisa charles on May 10, 2012:

i like chicken sandwich

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tashaewilliams on January 19, 2012:


shanza on January 10, 2012:

yeah.. she's right.. and more photos of sandwich...

lady diane on December 06, 2011:

more information about sandwich please how about the different types of fillings.more please

manish on November 01, 2011:


anshad on October 15, 2011:

i love sandwich

abk on October 14, 2011:

i love sandwiches

aminata on October 13, 2011:

Yummy I just wanna eat them.....

kimberly on October 13, 2011:


senlina mayer on October 12, 2011:

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senlina mayer on October 12, 2011:

a lot of stuff!

it'll fill my tummy for sure!


harvey derrick on October 09, 2011:

since i didn't know much about sandwiches it really made certain things clear to me but i notice there's a lot of info still missing here...

AWUDI JOYCE on September 29, 2011:

Am very happy to be part of it it help me a lot!

finza on August 06, 2011:

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roy on August 01, 2011:

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adrian paul raagas on July 28, 2011:

wow, love it;-)

sandeep patel on July 19, 2011:

this was good learning for me,it helped me a lot in my sandwich making in my society.

suzanna on April 06, 2011:

pinwheel sandwiches are the best but I am jamaican and how we do it here is use cheese spread and food colouring so it looks beatiful.

chef mohit on March 29, 2011:

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ellie hi on March 28, 2011:

it hardly tells you how much different sandwiches are there so i would say this is a rubbish webisite for us people.(RUBBISH)

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zubia on October 15, 2010:

yummy my tummy started to growl seeing that sandwich

jucelle on September 20, 2010:

nice :D

Rishad I Habib from Toronto, Canada on February 15, 2010:

wow..looks delicious..gud hub ;)

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