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    * layer sandwich


    Do you count the number of bread slices when determining the number of layers a sandwich has? Like in the picture above, should it be called a 2 layer sandwich or a 3 layer sandwich? If it's called a 3 layer sandwich, then a sandwich can never be called 1 layer could it? Or would a 1 layer sandwich be one that uses one folded piece of bread?
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    Re: * layer sandwich

    Sandwiches like that are often called double-deckers. Apparently we count the layers of filling.
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    Re: * layer sandwich

    These are open sandwiches.

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    Re: * layer sandwich

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    These are open sandwiches.
    We call them open-faced sandwiches​ here.
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    Re: * layer sandwich

    The layers are counted by the fillings. There's often piece of bread on each side of a layer, unless it's an open-faced sandwich. Yours has two layers. As Goes mentioned, we also call them double or triple-decker sandwiches/burgers.

    We don't normally bother referring to the number of layers if it's just a single layer.

    Sometimes on a really large sandwich there may not be bread to separate the layers, and the layers are just determined by the change in fillings. For example, the first layer might be turkey, the second ham, the third beef, the fourth an egg, etc.

    Note that we don't normally consider the toppings (vegetables and sauces) as a layer, unless of course it's some kind of vegetable/vegetarian sandwich.

    Here's an extreme example with more layers than your cardiologist would advise.
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    Re: * layer sandwich

    When the bread is toasted it's called a club sandwich.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Dec-2016 at 23:48.

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    #7

    Re: * layer sandwich

    And you can talk of a sandwich having tiers, though, again, this refers to layers of filling rather than the number of slices of bread.

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    #8

    Re: * layer sandwich

    The usual all-purpose variable is X. I'd write "X-layer sandwich" for the thread's title.
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    Re: * layer sandwich

    And with the picture used in the first post, I would ignore the lettuce on top of the sandwich- it's a garnish rather than a layer to me.

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