Hot Pastrami Sandwich
Today is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Are you having a hot Pastrami Sandwich today? Do you like them?
History of Pastrami
In the book, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, they credit Ottoman Turks for the invention. They made
The Pastrami Sandwich
According to Wikipedia, New York’s Sussman Volk is generally credited with producing the first pastrami sandwich in the United States in 1887. Volk, a kosher butcher and New York immigrant from Lithuania, claimed he got the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storing the friend’s luggage while the friend returned to Romania. According to his descendant, Patricia Volk, he prepared pastrami according to the recipe and served it on sandwiches out of his butcher shop.
Oftentimes, pastrami today is a far cry from the brined, then rubbed with herbs and spices, dried, then smoked, then steamed. It is often done with chemicals to create the flavor without all the fuss.
Pastrami vs. Corned Beef
Pastrami and Corned beef are similar, but not the same. While both are brined in a salt water curing solution, with or without spices, corned beef is boiled rather than dried and smoked.
While we did make Pastrami from scratch in Culinary School, few of us have the space in our fridges to
The Pastrami Sandwich normally has a hot Russian dressing on it. This is NOT the sticky sweet Russian salad dressing you buy in a bottle. No, this is a spunky dressing. Ours was made with homemade mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper. Some people will substitute Thousand Island dressing, but that uses sweeter ketchup instead of chili sauce and adds sweet pickle relish. Not the same!
The bread is traditionally
When you Google a Classic Pastrami Sandwich image, it’s hard to find one that’s a true representation of a Classic Pastrami Sandwich as described above. In fact, in free images, I could not find on that was a true classic Pastrami Sandwich. Instead, you see…
- Sauerkraut and cheese…so I assume the meat is Corned Beef instead of Pastrami.
- Coleslaw on the sandwich…That would make it a Rachel Sandwich.
- White bread – just not traditional
Happy Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!!