Proper Sandwich Etiquette

Two pieces of bread and a yummy filling! Seems easy enough to manage, but sometimes they can be a handful in more ways than one!

Sandwich Eating Helps to the rescue!

A dribble here and there isn’t a concern when you’re eating with your family on the back porch, but put yourself at a business lunch or a ladies luncheon and all of a sudden you think, “OK, I’m making a mess and seeming clueless.” Not a good feeling when you want to impress, or at least not seem like a sandwich is getting the best of your dining abilities.

I’ve been there with you wiping mayo and sweet pickle relish off my chin! Then I picked up a few sandwich eating how-to’s that make eating one a breeze, just like the one I hope for every hot, humid Florida evening.

Here are the five sandwich etiquette tips you’ll use all the time!

(After the etiquette tips is a bit about where my family and I will be as you read this post!)

  1. Club Sandwiches: It’s nice to get your money’s worth when you order a sandwich, but when it’s too big to fit into the mouth of the Jolly Green Giant, it’s hard to manage at all, let alone gracefully.Here’s your secret: Remove the toothpick from the first sandwich wedge. Next, remove the top piece of bread and place it on the side of your plate. If you want to use your knife to wipe some of the mayo from the piece of bread onto the sandwich filling, that’s OK. Just don’t draw attention by being at it all day!Now, you’ve just turned your finger food into silverware ready food! Use your knife and fork to easily eat the sandwich. Cut and eat one bite at a time. Very classy, very savvy, very smart!

    If you want, you can eat the top piece of bread with your fingers when you’ve finished your sandwich. But, unless you’re just really hungry, or really concerned with wasting, you’re better off to leave it uneaten.

  2. Hamburgers: Unless you’re eating one in a fast food restaurant or it’s small, cut it in half before eating it with your hands. Sometimes you might even need to cut the sandwich into fourths, but start out by trying to manage a half. Also, you can use your fork to remove some of the tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc. that might be making the sandwich too hard to handle. Place those on the side of your plate and then eat them with your knife and fork.
  3. Sub Sandwiches: It’s best to cut them in half before eating. Especially hot sub sandwiches like meatball or Philly cheese steak (Yum, on both accounts!). If they’re still a mess when you cut them in half, these can be eaten with a knife and fork.
  4. Hot Open-faced Sandwiches: This one is easy. Always use a knife and fork, and cut just one bite at a time.
  5. Tea Sandwiches: Even the name makes me feel restful and refined! Every lady enjoys a good tea sandwich! (Curry orange chicken is my favorite! Remind me, and I’ll share the recipe in an upcoming post. You’ll love it!) Usually, tea sandwiches, no matter how formal the gathering or setting, are finger foods. The possible exception: if the sandwich is served open-faced and there is a knife and fork at your place. Then you can use it to cut and eat the sandwich. Normally, I won’t because they just aren’t likely to make a mess.
  6. One Extra Tip! I know–I said five, but I just remembered this great one and wanted you to have it! In a casual gathering, it’s fine to put your condiments straight from the container onto your sandwich or burger. At a business meal or more formal gathering, first place the condiment on the side of your plate, then use your knife to transfer it to your sandwich. Why? It shows you follow procedures (a great asset in an employee!) and you pay attention to detail (a great asset in a friend!).

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