Sandwiches De Miga

Sandwiches De Miga
(Sandwich selection of ham and chopped hard-boiled egg mixed with either tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and green olives.)

Not much of an explanation is needed for these beauties. Note: In Argentina, miga, or translated as crumb, primarily refers to the internal part of bread.

1. Take a super large pullman loaf (pan de miga gigante); white or whole wheat. Height and width average around a sq. foot (30cm x 30cm) and length of about 18in. to 22in. (45cm to 50 cm) in size.

2. Trim off crust so that non of the browned part remains.

3. Cut into thin slices. 1/3 inch (1 cm) thick.

4. Skip all of the previous steps and buy large pre-sliced squares at a store.

5. Choose whether you want two or three slices of bread. For simples or triples, respectively.*

6. Lightly smear mayonnaise or whipped butter on what will be the inner sides of the bread.

7. Choose your ingredients.**

8. Layer those ingredients between the slices of bread but try not to overlap anything.

9. Slice 4 equally-sized (i.e. 8cm x 32cm) rectangles. Slice each of those in half (8cm x 16cm). Leave as is or cut those in half to create even 8cm squares. (Many Restaurants and some take-out establishments offer these sandwiches in larger wedge shapes as pictured.)

10. Serve just as they are or toast them a bit to create tostadas.***

Although quite popular at putting hunger at bay at around “tea time” until dinner, it is not uncommon to see these tasty treats eaten at, well, any time of the day. When time is short and lunch needed, a trip to the nearest bakery is in order for a quick selection of pre-made sandwiches. Or, do numerous mouths need feeding in a few hours at a birthday party or other informal celebration? A servicio de lunch(lunch service) that offers special rates for large custom orders is just a phone call away.

* Simples have one or two items between two slices of bread while triples have two or three items sandwiched between three slices. The latter typically has ham or cheese in one layer and whatever else in the other (as pictured above.)

** Common or slightly uncommon toppings:

Cooked Ham
Cured Ham (prosciutto-style)
Cantimpalo (smoky Spanish-style sausage)

Blue cheese/roquefort (Mixed with cream or nuts and celery)
Danbo-type cheese

Hard-boiled eggs
Olives (green or black)
Hearts of palm
Roasted red peppers

*** If you are ever in Argentina and feeling hungry–doesn’t matter what time of day, duck into a café offering local fare and ask for a tostado de jamon y queso. A good place will not skimp on the cheese and they might even use their own house-made bread. When you get back home, try not to remember too much or your mouth will tingle.

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30 Comment(s)

  1. Geez, it’s almost 7pm and my mouth is watering soooo badly after reading this post. I absolutely love sandwiches de miga =)

    Romi | May 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. I know what you mean! Took quite an effort to write this.

    Asado Argentina | May 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh my…you wrote about my absolute favourite/most missed food! :)

    AnisVil | May 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. I never realized how good and unique the Argentinian Sandwich de Miga are until too late, when I had already left the country…

    hopefully, one can make pretty good sandwich de Miga at home :-D

    LapinLove404 | May 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. There is a little shop in north Toronto that sells these. You get about a dozen triples, and often I have sat down and eaten them all.

    The one with the olives, eggs, peppers, ham and cheese, they call them “olymipcos”…is that a standard name for the fillings used?

    Lazar | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. @Lazar

    Although there are some places in Argentina that have sandwiches labeled as such, I believe it is more unique to Uruguay. The name, not the type of sandwich or ingredients within. I can’t say if there is a “standard” ingredient list for olimpicos but I’ve seen some versions with ham(or other meats), cheese, lettuce, tomato, and eggs too.

    Perhaps the shop’s owner is from Uruguay.

    Asado Argentina | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. Thanks I seriously have to investigate the combinations and permutations of ingredients with these sanguches de miga

    srichard | Jul 30, 2008 | Reply

  8. my absolute favorite snack. you can try to make it at home but the dough in these sandwiches is different that your regular white loaf of bread(wonderbread, etc..). For anybody in the tristate area there is a bakery called Argentina Bakery.

    andacagar | Aug 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. We have a bakery in Miami,FL and we sell ‘PAN DE MIGA” bread, we sell to anywhere in the US by fedex. If you are interested you can reach me at 786-306-2191, we only make ‘PAN DE MIGA” The company’s name is Big Loaf corp.

    david | Oct 2, 2008 | Reply

  10. HI! I’m an argentine pregnant woman living in edonton, alberta, canada. I need to eat them!!!!! where can i buy them? this place in toronto deliver them to alberta? or the one in miami?

    lorena | Jan 11, 2009 | Reply

  11. do you send them to canada, alberta (edmonton) ?

    lorena | Jan 11, 2009 | Reply

  12. Quiero comprar pan de miga. Vivo en Miami.
    Uds venden el pan nomas ?
    Cual es vuestra direccion, por favor?



    Guillermo Fierro | Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

  13. Hola, vivo en Miami necesito comprar pan de miga para re venta, donde lo puedo hacer? Trate Slim & Soft, pero no ofrecen descuentos.

    Jose | Sep 20, 2009 | Reply

  14. Hola!

    Me podrias decir a que negocio te referis en tu comentario? Quisiera conseguir esos sandwiches en Toronto, y necesito informacion.

    Silvia | Dec 19, 2009 | Reply

  15. They look great and I would cut off my right arm to get good pan de miga in Phoenix.

    Rd | Jan 1, 2010 | Reply

  16. Where is this little shop in Toronto?

    Fabi | Jan 10, 2010 | Reply

  17. Just in Argentina and I miss them already…But I’ve found a great and very similar substitute that I can make myself! Pepperidge Farm makes a loaf called Very Thin in both white and wheat. Buy it–why not buy 2? I’ve used Oscar Mayer Deli shaved ham and Sargento provolone cheese with a thin scraping of Hellman’s mayo to make the very basic sandwich de miga. I didn’t cut off the crusts. A huge hit at home–my husband and Argentine born son can eat them as fast as I can build them. Have added finely shredded lettuce and thinly sliced roma tomatoes too for a great bite. My next plan is with olives and egg. Fun,easy and really feeds your craving.

    carinal | Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

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    GaleBEACH | Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

  19. pan de miga se llama british bread,yo lo compro en hollywood, florida. sheridan y us1.

    hugo | Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

  20. pan de miga se llama british bread,yo lo com pro en hollywood, florida. sheridan y us1.

    hugo | Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

  21. I promise to stop posting now but before I do, I just want to point out that pan de miga is the same as the French pain de mie (exact same meaning, too), and you can make it at home, ideally with a pain de mie mould, which has a lid. (The point of the lid is to avoid a crust. This bread is, after all, all about the crumb.)

    Here is a recipe from the pros:

    Vibey | Jul 19, 2010 | Reply

  22. If you don’t have a pullman loaf, use a regular loaf pan and cover with a cookie sheet and 4-5 bricks.
    The weight will allow the dough to rise just enough to make a dense “miga,” the crust is discarded.
    Pullman loaves are not that expensive, but you wont use them that often.
    If there is a french baker in town, just ask them to bake one for you for about $8 worth investment.

    Dr. Sergio | Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

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    Conway | Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

  24. Thanks for the input! Much appreciated!

    Asado Argentina | Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

  25. me gustaria saber en donde queda el restaurante para ir a comer buen asado.

    pablo | Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

  26. Ok so I have been looking everywhere for a pan de miga gigante loaf pan…any ideas where I can find one to buy? My father-in-law is from Argentina and is a baker and is looking for one but we can’t seem to find the big ones anywhere. Thanks!

    Jaime | Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

  27. Hugo por fa si me puedes dar el nombre de la bakery donde lo compras y cuanto te c uesta el loaf

    Lourdes | Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

  28. A todos aquellos que desean comprar pan de miga
    lo pueden comprar en nuestro sitio web o llamarnos al 305 888 8286.
    Hacemos envios a todo USA y Canada.
    Jacinto Peralta

    Jacinto | Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

  29. Where can I purchase pan de miga in Miami so I can make my own sandwiches?
    I’ve asked in several Uruguayan and Argentinian bakeries and they say they bring them frozen from their own countries! Thanks

    Veronica | Feb 2, 2013 | Reply

  30. En las primeras dos semans del mes de Julio,tu-
    ve oportunidad de visitor una cafeteria en Irving-Texas,cuyo nombre era ( o es )Confiteria
    Argentina;mi visita a ese lugar,estaba basado de que en el Estado en el cuál resido,no hay nada de origen argentine y mi deseo era de comer algunos ricos sandwiches de miga triples.
    Así fué que le solicité a la empleada 50 sandwiches de miga triples surtidos;los fuí a buscar cinco días despues;el precio U$S 225,oo
    Grande fué mi sorpresa al llegar a mi casa en
    Fort Worth y abrir una caja y encontrar en ella
    sandwiches hehcos con pan tipo lactal con algo
    de un menjunge con atun.Los devolví.-Del resto
    de los sandwiches,creo se imaginaran el final:
    “Tacho de la basura”
    Atte..un argentine en EEUU

    sargento primero | Jul 30, 2014 | Reply

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