For speed of production, sandwiches are made in bands by cutting the bread rectangularly. When filled, the crusts are removed and the sandwiches cut onto fingers. Today, bakers will bake the bread to your specification and slice it ready for use. The specification may also include specialty bread such as tomato, basil, walnut, and olive bread.
Sandwiches may also be cut into small cubes and a variety placed on a cocktail stick like a mini kebab. Sandwiches may be made from every kind of bread, fresh or toasted, in a variety of shapes, and with an almost endless assortment of fillings. They may be garnished with potato or vegetable crips and a little salad.
These are made by inserting varieties of savoury fillings between two slices of hot, freshly buttered toast(scrambled egg, bacon, fried egg, scrambled egg with ham) or by inserting two slices of buttered bread with the required filling into a sandwiches toaster.
This is made by placing between two slices of hot buttered toast and a filling of lettuce, grilled bacon, slices of hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise and slices of chicken.
This is an underdone-minute steak between two slices of hot buttered toast.
Double-decker and treble-decker Sandwiches
Toasted and untoasted bread can be made into double-decker sandwiches, using three slices of bread with two separate fillings. Treble- and Quadro-decker sandwiches may also be prepared. They may be served hot or cold.
Open sandwiches or Scandinavian Smorgasbord
These are prepared from a buttered slice of any bread, garnished with any type of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, salads, etc. The varieties of open sandwich include the following:
- Smoked salmon, lettuce, potted shrimps, a slice of lemon
- Cold sliced beef, sliced tomato, fans of gherkins
- Shredded lettuce, sliced hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise, cucumber
- Pickled herring, chopped gherkins, capers(sieved), hard-boiled egg.
Wraps are filling wrapped in tortillas (plain flavored-e.g tomato, herbs). A wide variety of fillings can be used – for example, chicken and roasted vegetables; beans and red pepper salad with guacamole (a well-flavored avocado pulp). Flatbreads (e.g. pitta, ciabatta) can also be used with various fillings (e.g. chicken tikka).
Bagels are ring, doughnut-shaped rolls of leavened bread that are boiled before being baked, giving them a shiny finish and a soft middle. They are traditionally filled with some salmon and cream cheese (a Jewish speciality). Other fillings can also be used. Cut horizontally, bagels make a good base for open sandwiches.