NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The sandwich is such a beautifully simple idea. Put deliciousness on bread and enjoy. From the most basic ham and cheese on white bread to the most curated charcuterie and camembert on ciabatta, a good sandwich never disappoints.
Americans eat close to 200 sandwiches per year on average, according to PBS. Think about how many sandwiches you had this past month? Probably a few.
There are many opinions on what makes the best sub or hoagie, but as James Beard, the "father of American-style gourmet cooking," once said, "too few people understand a really good sandwich."
Beard also said the sandwich is "one of the great American arts, which varies from being a triumph to being a disaster." With that in mind, we set out on the hunt to understand (or at least admire) a few "triumphant" sandwiches that have won over the stomachs of people across the world.
We've dug in to give you a few deep cuts of some sandwiches you should really try, if you haven't already. So, before you take off to lunch, feast your eyes on this list.
We bet these are the 10 sandwiches you'll want to eat next...
10. Bánh Mì
A culinary embodiment of French colonial rule in Vietnam, banh mi sandwiches are composed equally of French and Vietnamese parts, Jared Michelman, a food blogger for the New York Times noted.
"They all begin with a whole baguette, preferably baked in-house and dressed with an aioli spread infused with pork, garlic and fish sauce. These ingredients then hold a wide variety of fillings: barbecue pork, fried tofu and thick-sliced ham are the most common options, along with pork pâté, grilled chicken, meatballs, sauteed vegetables and, occasionally, whole sardines," he said.
A ham-'n-cheese sandwich with a French twist.
The classic croque monsieur, "darling of cash-poor tourists and French folk-on-the-go, is buttered bread, Gruyère cheese, and lean ham, fried in clarified butter," according to the James Beard Foundation blog.
In "the good old days", it was served as an hors d'oeuvre, a tea sandwich, or the main event in a light lunch, the blog noted.