American food has a unique style that goes unrecognised anywhere else in the world.

And quite honestly, even our top-rated chefs would find it hard to produce food like that, and to keep up with the demand from their hungry customers!

The American Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (as chef Guy Fieri calls them) can churn out the most amazingly complicated food in tiny spaces like catering vans, at very low prices.

Massive lumps of meat are rubbed with marinades with multiple  amounts of herbs and spices mixed together. then  left overnight, then rubbed with a different marinade and smoked for several hours, then often cooked in the oven, and then pulled apart and mixed in yet another marinade, and cooked on the griddle when ordered

Then they’re piled up in a roll, (often lightly cooked on the griddle or under the grill) pita bread or a taco, with other ingredients like lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, chips, fried eggs, etc balanced on the top.guy6

Finally several sauces made on the premises are squirted onto the mountainous mixture.

You’ll see pretty young girls eating them. They seem to have the knack of fitting huge portions of food in their mouths without looking disgusting, or dribbling it down the front of their clothes.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the Americans are like snakes, who don’t have their jaws joined at the back so they can open their mouths as wide as they like!

There’s no way that I can come up with recipes like theirs. And quite frankly, I doubt if any of you would spend that amount of time preparing a sandwich!guy2

So I’ve given you a selection of simple versions below.

When I tell anyone that New York is not one of my favourite cities, they usually hold their hands up in horror! But we all have a right to our own opinions.
I don’t Love New York, I don’t Wanna Be a Part of It and the only reason I did the Harlem Shuffle was because I couldn’t walk any faster than that!
But the one thing that I fell in love with was their Deli sandwiches. I’d rate them as the best in the world.
As far as I can make out, most of them have a Jewish origin, and there is a huge Jewish community there.
guy8My favourite was the Stage Door Deli, between Broadway and Church Street, round the corner to Ground Zero. A lot of injured people were taked in there on 9/11.
The food order is taken, passed on, and arrives quickly and efficiently, always served to the right person who ordered it.
Another thing that I hate about New York is the waste. Food is served in bags and cartons with plastic cutlery, then binned and thrown away, unrecycled.
As soon as I returned home I began my research. I’d collected as many menus as I could beg, steal or take.
Some of these recipes are altered or improvised for various reasons. But I think it’s a pretty good collection. There’s something here to please everyone.
Of course you can vary the type of bread that you use. Sandwiches can be rolls, and vice-versa.
Instead of Marie Rose sauce or Thousand Island, you can mix a tsp of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise together. Stir well, taste it and adjust until you like it.
They’re not just sandwiches; they’re main meals. Just add a salad or some chips, or a bag of crisps New York style.
Do try a few, experiment and add your own variations. And do let us know your recipes in the Comments at the bottom.

These are prepared, then toasted.
They can also be baked in the oven.
If preferred, they can just be eaten as untoasted sandwiches.

AVOCADO & BEEF with lettuce, tomato, horseradish & mayonnaise.
AVOCADO & PRAWNS with tomato, cucumber & Marie Rose sauce.
BROADWAY Turkey, mozzarella, beansprouts, sun-dried tomato & mayo.
CALIFORNIA Chicken, roasted pepper, avocado, lettuce, tomato & French Dressing.
COPENHAGEN Turkey, Edam cheese, coleslaw & Thousand Island dressing.
CORDON BLEU Chicken, ham, Cheddar cheese and pickled vegetables.
CROQUE MONSIEUR Toasted ham & Cheddar cheese.
DELIGHTFUL Turkey, Cheddar cheese, coleslaw & mustard.
GEORGE WASHINGTON Ham, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato & mustard.
HAMAMAH Beef, avocado, fried onions, pickles, mayo & mustard.
KENTUCKY DERBY Ham, turkey, Cheddar cheese & 1000 Island dressing.
MILANO Ham, salami, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar.
MONTE CRISTO Turkey, ham, cheese & 1000 Island dressing.
NEW YORKER Beef, Cheddar cheese, sauerkraut & honey mustard.
OLD GLORY Ham, mozzarella, tomato & Thousand Island dressing.
PARMA Ham, mozzarella, tomato, lettuce, sun-dried tomato, oil & vinegar.
ROBIN HOOD Ham, Cheddar cheese & roast peppers.
ROME EXPRESS Ham, pepperoni, Cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar.
ROOSEVELT Mozzarella, sun-dried tomato & pesto.
SANTA FE Chicken, Cheddar cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato & roast peppers.
SPEEDY GONZALES Turkey, Cheddar cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato & mustard or Thousand Island dressing.
TRUMAN Chicken, mozzarella & pesto.
TUNA MELT Tuna, Cheddar cheese & tomato.
TUSCAN Mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, lettuce, tomato & mayo.

Baguettes (also known as Heros)guy7

AMERICAN HERO Ham, turkey, beef, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise.
CORNISH Beef, cooked potato & onion.
CUBAN Pork, ham, Cheddar cheese, pickles & mustard.
FTIRA Maltese sandwich, mixture of tuna, butter beans, coleslaw, onions, pickled vegetables, tomato & oil. (served cold)
GODFATHER Ham, pepperoni, beef, mozzarella, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato & oregano.
GIUILIANI Chicken, bacon, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise & pesto.
INDIAN Beef, potato, baked beans, onion, peas, curry, mango chutney.
ITALIAN COMBO Ham, pepperoni, salami, Cheddar cheese, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar.
MEXICAN Chicken, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, chilli & salsa.
MUSSOLINI’S REVENGE Ham, salami, pepperoni, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise.
PAN BAGNA A French favourite. Tuna, anchovies, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic & French dressing. (Cold).
TEXAS Beef, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, garlic & BBQ sauce.guy4

All of these rolls and sandwiches are easy to make.

My advice is, get all your ingredients ready before you start.

But remember, we don’t have American mouths, so keep a kitchen roll or a pile of serviettes to hand or you’ll end up wearing a lot of the contents!