Baked bean sandwich

The baked bean sandwich is a sandwich composed of baked beans between two slices of bread, which may include garnishes such as lettuce and toppings such as mayonnaise or ketchup.[1]

Baked bean sandwich
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread, baked beans

Recipes for a baked bean sandwich can be traced from as early as 1909. One book entitled Cooking For Two by Janet McKenzie Hill suggests such a recipe as a "substitute for meatless cooking", and is a much more elaborate sandwich compared to its most common manifestation today.[2]

Many early recipes describe essentially the same product that has become popular today, however in addition they incite elaborate additions of garnish and dressing.[2] Hill suggests:

Butter two slices of Boston brown bread; on one of these dispose a heart-leaf of lettuce holding a teaspoon of salad dressing; above the dressing set a generous tablespoon of cold, baked beans, then another lettuce leaf and dressing; then finish with a second slice of bread, a tablespoonful of beans, a floweret of cauliflower, and a teaspoonful of dressing over the cauliflower.[2]

The Boston-area version of the sandwich eschews toppings and garnishes, being composed simply of baked beans between two slices of Boston brown bread.[3]

See also


  1. Lamb Hayes, Joanne (2016). Grandma's Wartime Kitchen: World War II and the Way We Cooked. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9781250134004. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. McKenzie Hill, Janet (1919). Cooking for Two. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown & Co. p. 183. Retrieved 13 June 2018. baked bean.
  3. Stern, Jane & Stern, Michael (2007). Roadfood Sandwiches: Recipes and Lore from Our Favorite Shops Coast to Coast. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 9780618728985. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
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