Eponymous Sandwiches

No finer tribute exists than to have one's name associated with a sandwich. The term sandwich itself is a tribute (to the late earl), and the name is now known in nearly every language. Sandwiches are more than merely food—they are our friends. As they are our friends, we give them names: hero, hoagie, club, French dip. But great and iconic sandwiches take the names of great and iconic people. From the Dagwood to the Gatsby, here are 6 sandwiches with famous names. These recipes first appeared with Daniel Pinkwater's story Say My Name from issue #137.

The Chuck Schumer

The Chuck Schumer is a custom-made Subway roast beef with extra tomatoes, onions, and pickles named for New York’s senior senator.

The Gatsby

In South Africa, french fries, bologna, and achar was dubbed The Gatsby after the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, which played there at the time of the sandwich’s invention. See the recipe for The Gatsby »

Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe was named for a cafe cook in Sioux City, Iowa. See the recipe for Sloppy Joe »

The Dagwood

Take inspiration from the comic strip “Blondie” to make your own catchall sandwich with goods from the Thanksgiving table like greens, turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, and more. See the recipe for The Dagwood »

Strammer Max

Though it takes a man’s name, the Strammer Max butter-fried bread topped with ham and an egg, is actually German slang for male virility. See the recipe for Strammer Max »

The Reuben

Several people named Reuben have been credited with inventing grilled corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and creamy dressing on rye. See the recipe for The Reuben »

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