The shooter's sandwich is a steak sandwich prepared with cooked steak and mushrooms, salt and pepper that is placed inside a hollowed-out long loaf of bread and then weighed down. It originated in England from the Edwardian era, and is similar to the Beef Wellington.


A shooter's sandwich with salad

The shooter's sandwich is a steak sandwich prepared by filling a hollowed-out long loaf of bread with cooked filet mignon steak, cooked mushrooms, salt and pepper.[1][2] Weights are then placed atop the sandwich to squeeze it down, and it is typically left weighed down overnight, which causes the juices from the meat to soak into the bread.[1]

Other cuts of beef, such as rump steak, ribeye and sirloin, can be used to prepare the dish, and cooked onions or shallots are sometimes used.[2][3][4][5][6] Duxelles, a sautéed preparation of mushrooms, onions or shallots, and herbs that is reduced to a paste, is sometimes used in the sandwich.[6][7] Dijon mustard and horseradish are sometimes used as accompanying condiments.[3][4]

The shooter's sandwich is similar in style to the Beef Wellington,[8][9] which is prepared using filet mignon that is wrapped with a layer of mushrooms or duxelles, enclosed in puff pastry and then baked.[10]


The shooter's sandwich originated in England from the Edwardian era.[8][9][11] It was created as a means for hunters to bring a portable snack with them, and has also been used by travellers as a portable food.[9][12]

The sandwich became a minor Internet meme[13] after an October 2016 article authored by Tim Hayward and published by The Guardian declared the shooter's sandwich as the best sandwich in the world.[11][13][14] The Guardian article also described the sandwich as a "triumph of Edwardian cuisine."[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Wilson, B. (2010). Sandwich: A Global History. Edible series. Reaktion Books. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-86189-891-3. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b David, E.; O'Neill, M. (1955). Summer Cooking. New York Review Books classics. New York Review Books. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-59017-004-5. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Fulton, M. (1986). Encyclopedia of food and cookery. Gallery Books. p. 363. ISBN 978-0-8317-2799-4. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "4 Close-Up, High-Def, Insanely Awesome Shooter's-Style Sandwiches". Serious Eats. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ Hayward, Tim (April 7, 2010). "How to make a shooter's sandwich". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Graves, H. (2015). 101 Sandwiches: A collection of the finest sandwich recipes from around the world. EBL-Schweitzer. Ryland Peters & Small. pp. pt278–281. ISBN 978-1-78249-299-3. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Kapadia, Jess (March 21, 2013). "Duxelles Dreams Spawn The Shooter Sandwich". Food Republic. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Chillag, Ian (November 7, 2011). "Sandwich Monday: The Shooter's Sandwich". NPR. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Hayward, Tim (April 7, 2010). "The best sandwich ever?". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Peterson, J. (2012). Meat: A Kitchen Education. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-60774-453-5. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Ramsden, James (November 10, 2014). "The sandwich is dead! Long live the sandwich!". The Guardian. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ Squire, J.C.; Scott-James, R.A. (1936). The London Mercury. Field Press Limited. p. 39. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Miles, Jonathan (October 19, 2016). "How to Make the Ultimate Deer Stand-Wich". Field & Stream. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ Park, Michael Y. (April 14, 2017). "World's Best Sandwich?". Epicurious. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 

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