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It’s Almost Lent! Enjoy a Pepper and Egg Sandwich!

by Maryann Pisano on February 25, 2014

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Throughout late winter and spring, people across Chicago enjoy a special seasonal treat on Friday nights – the Chicago Style Pepper and Egg Sandwich! A city that is rooted in Catholicism, Chicago also has a thriving food culture. When immigrants from Catholic countries like Italy came to Chicago and opened up food stands and restaurants, they needed to find something to replace meat on Fridays during the season of Lent, when Catholics abstain from eating meat. Thus, the pepper and egg sandwich was born!

Consisting of green peppers and eggs fried up with salt and pepper and put onto a French bread roll, the Pepper and Egg Sandwich must be tasted to be truly appreciated. Even though the practice of abstaining from meat during Fridays in Lent has decreased in recent times, Chicagoans of all faiths still look forward to the Pepper and Egg Sandwiches during the Lenten season.

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