Shooter's sandwich

The shooter's sandwich is a steak sandwich consisting of cooked steak and mushrooms placed inside a hollowed-out loaf of bread and then weighted down. This popular English sandwich is likened to beef Wellington using bread rather than pastry.

A shooter's sandwich with salad
Shooter's sandwich
A shooter's sandwich
Place of originEngland
InventedEdwardian era
Main ingredientsSteak
Ingredients generally usedMushrooms, salt, and pepper
Similar dishesBeef Wellington

A shooter's sandwich is prepared by filling a long, hollowed-out loaf of bread with cooked filet mignon steak, cooked mushrooms, salt, and pepper.[1][2] Weights are then placed atop the sandwich to squeeze it down. Typically the sandwich is weighted down overnight, which causes meat juices to soak into the bread.[1]

Other cuts of beef, such as rump steak, ribeye, and sirloin are also used to prepare the item. Cooked onions or shallots are sometimes used,[2][3][4][5][6] as is duxelles, a sautéed preparation of mushrooms, onions or shallots, and herbs, reduced to a paste.[6][7] Dijon mustard and horseradish are sometimes used as accompanying condiments.[3][4]


The shooter's sandwich originated in England during the Edwardian era.[8][9][10] It was created as a way for hunters to take a hearty lunch with them. It is now enjoyed both for at-home meals or as a portable food item when travelling.[9][11]

The sandwich became a minor Internet meme[12] after an April 7, 2010 article written by Tim Hayward and published by The Guardian declared the shooter's sandwich the best sandwich in the world.[9][10][12][13] The Guardian's article also described the sandwich as a "triumph of Edwardian cuisine".[9]

See also


  1. Wilson, B. (2010). Sandwich: A Global History. Edible series. Reaktion Books. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-86189-891-3. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  2. David, E.; O'Neill, M. (1955). Summer Cooking. New York Review Books classics. New York Review Books. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-59017-004-5. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. Fulton, M. (1986). Encyclopedia of food and cookery. Gallery Books. p. 363. ISBN 978-0-8317-2799-4. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. "4 Close-Up, High-Def, Insanely Awesome Shooter's-Style Sandwiches". Serious Eats. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. Hayward, Tim (April 7, 2010). "How to make a shooter's sandwich". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  6. Graves, H. (2015). 101 Sandwiches: A collection of the finest sandwich recipes from around the world. EBL-Schweitzer. Ryland Peters & Small. pp. pt278–281. ISBN 978-1-78249-299-3. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  7. Kapadia, Jess (March 21, 2013). "Duxelles Dreams Spawn The Shooter Sandwich". Food Republic. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  8. Chillag, Ian (November 7, 2011). "Sandwich Monday: The Shooter's Sandwich". NPR. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  9. Hayward, Tim (April 7, 2010). "The best sandwich ever?". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. Ramsden, James (November 10, 2014). "The sandwich is dead! Long live the sandwich!". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  11. Squire, J.C.; Scott-James, R.A. (1936). The London Mercury. Field Press Limited. p. 39. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  12. Miles, Jonathan (October 19, 2016). "How to Make the Ultimate Deer Stand-Wich". Field & Stream. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  13. Park, Michael Y. (April 14, 2017). "World's Best Sandwich?". Epicurious. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
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