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Whether it’s a British classic that takes your fancy, or a bite from one of our European neighbours, you can’t go wrong with a tasty sandwich. Not only do they cost a pittance compared to grabbing lunch in a fancy restaurant, sandwiches require minimal effort to make, meaning that those of us who aren’t a dab-hand in the kitchen can breathe a sigh of relief!

To celebrate National Sandwich Week and Eurovision falling in the same week, we’ve picked some of our favourite recipes from around Europe to (quite literally) whet your appetite!

France: Croque Monsieur

France’s simple, yet sophisticated answer to the classic cheese and ham toastie. Traditionally made with brioche bread, baked ham and melted cheese, this culinary delight is then topped with béchamel sauce. No trip to France would be complete without trying one of these.

Super easy to make and packed full of flavour - why not make your own? Here’s how to do it: 


Austria: Bosna

Resembling a classic American hot dog, the Austrian Bosna packs a punch with its flavoursome spicy sausage, typically encased in a white baguette, topped with onions and mustard.

Originally hailing from Salzburg, this is one street snack worth making yourself! It might be difficult to find bosna in the UK, but you can substitute the bosna sausage for any spicy pork sausage found in most supermarket delis.

Greece: Gyro

With their sweltering summer temperatures, we can understand why the Greeks opted for their version of a sandwich - the delicious gyros. The ultimate summer snack, a gyros is made from rotisserie pork, chicken or beef (or all three if you’re feeling peckish!) topped with tomatoes, onion and a dash of tzatziki sauce.  

If you fancy making your own, check out this recipe from Steve’s Kitchen: 

Malta: Ftira

As they do in Greece, the Maltese opt for sandwiches without dairy due to the hot hot heat! The much-loved ftira is a disc-shapen flatbread typically filled with tomato, olives, onions and salad greens.

Resembling a bagel, this mouthwatering sandwich is ideal to enjoy on a hot summer’s day!

Portugal: Francesinha

This is one saucy sandwich! First seen in 1960’s Portugal, the francesinha sandwich has fast become the bite of choice in Porto and many restaurants around the country.  

There are many variations of the francesinha, but it’s traditionally made with ham, Portuguese sausage and steak, covered with melted cheese and a tomato and beer sauce. Not for the faint hearted!

Sound like something you’d like to eat? Check out how you can make your own with this recipe from the Portuguese Soul Kitchen: 

Is there a family sandwich recipe you’d like to share with us? Tweet us @SatsumaLoans!

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