Russia: What Is A Sandwich?

A Dagwood sandwich
That is a sandwhich...

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about sandwiches! In America a sandwich is food, meal, art & tradition! The term Dagwood Sandwich comes to my mind. A real sandwich is awesome!


In Russia; the concept of a sandwich is still very foreign and new. Russia has a form of a sandwich called, бутерброд (buterbrod).  >>>>>>>

Dagwood Sandwich – It is a multilayer sandwich with a variety of fillings. Used to denote a sandwich put together so as to attain such a tremendous size and infinite variety of contents as to stun the imagination, sight, and stomach of all but the original maker…

Dagwood sandwiches, a term so well-known it made Webster’s New World Dictionary.


1930 – A term that originated in the comic strips in the 1930s after a comic strip character named Dagwood Bumstead, a character in the “Blondie” comic strip. According to the creator of the comic strip, Murat Bernard “Chic” Young (1901-1973), the only thing that Dagwood could prepare in the kitchen was a mountainous pile of dissimilar leftovers precariously arranged between two slices of bread. Dagwood became know for his huge sandwiches he created on evening forays to the refrigerator...

What is a buterbrod: According to my Wife: who is an expert on Russia. 🙂 –
Buterbrod is one slice of bread, with or without butter, & could have one of the following; Sausage (kielbasa), cheese, salmon or caviar. Never two of those items?? (Yummy?)

Because I am America, I happen to disagree with this Russian form of sandwich. So I have tried to converted my wife to American sandwiches! 🙂

I make her every kind of sandwich that I can think of. She has eaten & liked grilled cheeses, hamburgers, grilled ham & cheese, Monte Christos, cold cuts & many more styles! (but she still tells me that Russian do not eat sandwiches like this) So I have met her half way and make sandwiches with only one slice of bread…

She is right: All you have to do is go to McDonald’s in Russia and you will see what I mean! The art of eating sandwiches in Russia is a new concept. Russians are prone to removing the top of the bun and eating the burger. They like to balance the burger on their finger tips and munch around the outside edge…

You learned something new about Russia today. That is why I love Russia!

Windows to Russia!

PS: Sveta likes a grilled cheese on one slice of bread. That is her favorite and of course it has to be black bread…