Toast sandwich

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Toast sandwich
An image of a toast sandwich, shot from the side.jpg
Type Sandwich
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state England
Main ingredients Bread, toast, butter
Food energy
(per serving)
330 kcal (1382 kJ)
Cookbook: Toast sandwich  Media: Toast sandwich

A toast sandwich is a sandwich made by putting a thin slice of toast between two thin slices of bread with a layer of butter, and adding salt and pepper to taste. Its origins can be traced to the Victorian years. A recipe for making it is included in the 1861 Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton.[1]

Public recognition[edit]

In November 2011 the toast sandwich was recreated by the Royal Society of Chemistry in a tasting almost 150 years after the release of Beeton's Book of Household Management.[2] The society sought to revive the forgotten dish in wake of the Great Recession after finding the cost being as low as 7.5p per sandwich.[3] They named it "the country's most economical lunch", and even offered £200 to whoever could devise a cheaper meal.[4] Due to an overabundance of submissions the offer was closed 7 days later, and the £200 given to a randomly selected entrant.[5]

Menu item[edit]

The toast sandwich served as a side dish at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck

The toast sandwich is featured as a side dish for the main course item the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party (c. 1892)"; this "Tea Party" is a dish inspired by Alice in Wonderland served in celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck.[6][7] The dish contains 12 toast sandwiches.[8] According to American public radio station KCRW, Blumenthal's recipe for the toast sandwich involves bone marrow salad, egg yolk, mustard, gastrique, mayonnaise, and tomato ketchup.[8]

American response[edit]

The A.V. Club's Mike Vago described it as an "extravagance of blandness".[9] The Daily Meal remarked in their article "12 Life-Changing Sandwiches You've Never Heard Of", the toast sandwich was "just not that good. In Britain, for example, there's actually something called a toast sandwich, which is just buttered toast between two slices of bread. Thankfully, the Dadaists didn't invent any more sandwiches after that."[10]

When Last Week Tonight with John Oliver host John Oliver described senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, as "the least interesting human on earth. [...] He’s like a white bread sandwich where the middle is just a third slice of white bread", Uproxx's Caleb Reading commented "Hey now, that’s called a toast sandwich, and you do what you have to when you’re broke."[11] The toast sandwich was discussed on The Leonard Lopate Show in an interview with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman. Host Leonard Lopate commented "it sounds weird to me".[12][13] Members of NPR's news panel game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! each tried the toast sandwich.[14] Host Peter Sagal remarked "This is the culinary equivalent of a Rothko painting. Or it's like a sandwich by Marcel Duchamp! It questions the essence of sandwich and language both!"[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lane, Megan (17 November 2011). "The toast sandwich and other hyper-cheap meals". BBC News Magazine. 
  2. ^ "Toast sandwich is UK's 'cheapest meal'". BBC News. 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "RSC press release: Mrs Beeton's toast sandwich". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  4. ^ Fort, Matthew. "The toast sandwich: can you jazz it up?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  5. ^ "RSC Press Release: RSC inboxes overflowing with economical meal suggestions". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  6. ^ Dan Stock (17 September 2014). "The Fat Duck in Melbourne: Heston Blumenthal has ballot system for bookings". Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  7. ^ Aaron Langmaid (31 March 2014). "Fat chance you'll get a table at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant at Crown in Melbourne". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  8. ^ a b Sarah Rogozen (31 December 2013). "Heston Blumenthal on Recreating Lewis Carroll's Mock Turtle Soup". KCRW. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  9. ^ Mike Vago (19 June 2016). "The powerful bread lobby wants you to read this article about sandwiches". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  10. ^ Dan Myers (27 February 2015). "12 Life-Changing Sandwiches You've Never Heard Of". The Daily Meal. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  11. ^ Reading, Caleb (May 22, 2017). "‘Stupid Watergate’ Returns To Vex John Oliver On ‘Last Week Tonight’". Uproxx. Woven Digital. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Pashman, Dan (24 July 2014). "What Is A Sandwich? (Or, John Hodgman Calls In To Leonard Lopate To Argue With Me)". Sporkful. 
  13. ^ Lopate, Leonard (24 July 2014). "Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?". WNYC. 
  14. ^ a b Ian Chillag (28 November 2011). "Sandwich Monday: The Toast Sandwich". NPR. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 

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