Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

Please describe the New England grinder sandwich?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The perfect grinder is made with a crusty bread. Meat is a soft salami, Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper, and a little oregano. Absolutely NO mayonnaise. In parts of New England, especially Connecticut, this is referred to as a "regular grinder." Regular being the salami meat. The important part here is the bread - it can't be that soft crap like from Subway. It's also acceptable to use capicola meat, mortadella, or a hard salami.

    The name "grinder" originates from the Italian immigrants who sold these sandwiches to the boat dock workers. The workers were called "grinders" by the Italians.

    Source(s): I'm an Italian who was raised in Connecticut and whose family sold grinders to the grinders on the boat docks of General Dynamics :-)
  • 1 decade ago

    What are known as grinders in New England are called subs, submarine sandwiches, po'boys or torpedos in the rest of the US. They are essentially a smallish loaf of Italian bread layered with various meats, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and so on. Unless they are hot grinders, in which case they will contain something like hot Italian sausauge or sliced meatballs, sauce, cheese, often peppers & onions.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's basically the same thing as a subway sandwich...also called a hoagie or a hero. It's just a regional name. Like a mildshake, a frappe or a cabinet.

    Source(s): Grew up in New England
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