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Amazing Beef on Weck Sandwich Facts

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  • Beef on Weck Sandwich that a Beef on Weck Sandwich is a variety of steak sandwich found primarily in Western New York.

  • … that it is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll and the meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip au jus with accompaniments include horseradish, a dill pickle spear, and French fries?

  • … that the kummelweck roll gives the sandwich its name and a distinctive taste, because it is a kummelweck (sometimes pronounced "kimmelweck" or "kümmelweck") is similar to a Kaiser roll, but topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds?

  • … that Kümmel is the German word for caraway, and weck means "roll" in the south-western German dialects of the Baden and Swabia areas (northern Germans generally say Brötchen)?

  • Origin
    … that the origin and history of the Beef on Weck sandwich is not well established; however, it is believed that a German baker named William Wahr, who is thought to have emigrated from the Black Forest region of Germany, created the kummelweck roll while living in Buffalo, New York?

  • … that a local pub owner is said to have used the roll to create the beef on weck, with the thought that the salty top of the roll would make his patrons drink more?

  • Preparation
    … that a typical Beef on Weck sandwich is made from slow-roasted rare roast beef that is hand carved in thin slices to provide about 1/2 inch of meat on the bottom half of the roll?

  • … that the cut face of the top half of the roll may be dipped in the au jus from the roast?

  • … that prepared horseradish is usually provided for the diner to spread on the top half of the roll to taste and the traditional side dishes for a Beef on Weck are French fries and a kosher dill pickle spear?

  • Popularity
    … that the Beef on Weck has long been popular regionally, and has gained a following in other areas of the United States where it has been introduced?

  • … that expatriates from Western New York have taken the dish and brought it to other areas after relocating?

  • … that it has also been featured by chefs on cooking shows including the PBS special Sandwiches That You Will Like.

  • … that Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain and other chefs have featured the Beef on Weck sandwich, or a variant, on their television programs?

  • … that the American restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings was started by former residents of the Western New York area and the original name of the restaurant was "Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck" or as "BW3", the third W referring to weck; however, the chain no longer serves weck outside of the Western New York area and no longer uses the original name, but the company still uses the extra "W" in its abbreviation?

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