The Great Sandwich Debate: all you knead to dough

Recently we decided it was time to settle some of life’s most polarizing sarmie questions. So, we introduced The Great Sandwich Debate – where we called on the expert sandwich opinions of Blue Ribbon fans around the country. After successfully setting our hearts and minds at ease in the first round of questions, here’s all you knead to dough from Round 2:

The First Bite: Crust, Corner or Middle First?

When it comes to the first bite, which one is right? Is it the soft middle that’s all about the filling, the trusty corner or the ‘all-crust’ back you bite first? This one was unanimous – the corner bite won by a country mile.

Opinions were exceptionally heated, and some very valid points were raised: 

“Whatever the shape, corner first.” – Scelo Bless Madlala

“I start with the corner first…keep the middle part for last with that Mmmm Yum Blue Ribbon.” – Allenore Cardoza Pieterse

Although outnumbered, loyal ‘Middle-first’ munchers also mouthed off on why they believed their way was best:

“The middle is so soft and fluffy. That way, I don’t have to share it with anyone especially when it’s Blue Ribbon.” – Yoliswa Makaula

“It depends how hungry I am but love to start in the middle.” – Wyona Landman

Others had a more practical approach to the first bite:

“Whichever can fit in your mouth” – Trevor Naidoo (Fair enough, Trevor. Fair enough.)

While the corner-first crowd still won the debate with sheer numbers, we’ll leave you with these words of wisdom:

“If your mom cuts off the crusts we would not be having this argument.” – Lindy Nice

Knife and Fork vs. Hands On?  

In our next poll, we asked whether utensils should be allowed when eating a sandwich or if ‘hands-on’ is always the best approach. The Blue Ribbon community was divided.

Those in favour of the knife and fork believed it was most practical, elegant and even “more fun” (hey, we’re not here to judge anyone’s idea of a good time). Here were some of their comments:

“Yes I would if it had steak, onions, egg and chips on it. Or I would do it just to be fancy and for fun.” – Rafeeqah Solomon-Sterris

“YES with ham, tomato, cheese and mayo on top. Then melted in the microwave” – Elize Hayes (Feeling hungry, Elize?)

“In a restaurant, YES.” – Anusha Govender

We couldn’t help but feel that the hands-on eaters were the more free-spirited of the lot, some even describing it as an emotional experience:

“Sandwiches are special, you need to feel it in your hands before you taste it in your mouth…. It’s like a present waiting to be opened, you can’t use utensils to eat a sandwich.” – Ameeta Maharaj

“If am really hungry or craving a sandwich, I don’t have time to be ‘forking and knifing’…I grab that thing and chow it!” – Nothando Ndhlovu

One fan even had an evolutionary reason for why hands were the way to go:

“Nope my hands were first” – Shirley van Deventer (She’s got a point.)

And…the QOTD (Quote of the Debate) was without a doubt:

“It’s much better to hold it with hands and enjoy. Fork must fall!!!” – Roberto Roberts

Is an ‘Open Sandwich’ still a sandwich?


The official definition of a sandwich is: “Two or more slices of bread with a filling in between.” But, this definition raises a very serious question for sandwich lovers everywhere. Is an open sandwich, actually a sandwich? We aimed to find out.

Some fans were careful to point out how this definition excluded the one-sided ‘sarmie’:

“Fillings must be SANDWICHED between two slices. if not two slices, it can be anything: a hot dog, a folded slice of bread, bread crumbs… a SANDWICH is made up of TWO slices of bread with a filling in between and that’s that.” – Spyker JW de Bruyn (Yes, sir. Good point, well made.)

“No. It’s only a sandwich if the topping on the bread is covered on both sides. An open sandwich does not count as a sandwich. Close that open sandwich and then we can talk.” – Deidre Pitts

Others argued it just didn’t feel right:

“How can it be called a sandwich if it doesn’t have two slices between which a filling goes? That to me is a slice of bread with a topping. Thank you. Not a sandwich.” – Robyn Rokebrand

Some fans even went a step further and some provided ideas on what a one-slicer could be, it if wasn’t a traditional ‘sandwich’:

“A sandwich is closed. Otherwise it’s just bread and a tasty addition.” – Manthiba Phalane

It is known as an open-faced sandwich.” – Moira Mc Allister

One fan was just not having any of it. She attempted to explain how the humble single slice should not be excluded:

“So if I take one slice of bread and put jam on it and fold it – is that not a sandwich? It is! Therefore, an open sandwich is a sandwich. A one slice open sandwich” – Nirosha van der Merwe (You may be on to something here, Nirosha. Thanks for confusing us further.)

At this point we were thoroughly confused. That is, until Carmen Furnell spoke these words of wisdom:

“Who eats only ONE slice of Blue Ribbon Bread anyway?” – Carmen Furnell

And thus, the debate was settled. An open sandwich does not deserve the title ‘sandwich’ – and at least two slices are mandatory.