Hot pastrami sandwich is a tasty, delicious and filling weeknight dinner! This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make, so there’s no need to hunt down a New York deli!
Pastrami and corned beef are often used interchangeably and are often the primary ingredient in a Reuben sandwich.
What Is Pastrami?
Pastrami is brisket meat that has been cured and smoked.
What is the Difference Between Pastrami and Corned Beef?
Both are cured brisket meats that has been brined; pastrami gets smoked and tends to be a bit drier than corned beef gets boiled which gets boiled.
What’s a Reuben Sandwich?
Generally, a Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef, instead of pastrami. Pastrami and corned beef are both cured brisket meat, and are somewhat salty; the addition of tangy sauerkraut adds another flavor level to the pastrami sandwich, and a third flavor-element of Thousand Island dressing provides a slightly sweet taste from the sweet pickles in the dressing. Then, to top it all off, add the creamy Provolone or Swiss cheese and you’ve created a mini-masterpiece for dinner! Add some homemade potato salad and baked beans and you’ve got a complete schmorgasboard!
Hot Pastrami Sandwich
Hot pastrami, caraway-seasoned sauerkraut, creamy provolone cheese with a tangy dressing makes the perfect sandwich!
Servings: 2 sandwiches
- 4 oz. pastrami shaved
- 4 oz. sauerkraut
- 2 oz. Thousand Island salad dressing
- 6 oz. Provolone cheese sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 2 artisan or Brioche buns
- Preheat oven to broil
- Cut buns in half
- Put 1/2 teaspoon of butter on each bottom bun;
- Place in broiler for 2 minutes; place top buns along side, but with no butter; remove when slightly brown and set aside
- Place 1/2 teaspoon butter in skillet on medium low heat; add caraway seeds and heat for about 3 minutes (until you can smell them toasting)
- Add sauerkraut to skillet on low heat; toss and simmer until caraway seeds are well combined into sauerkraut; slide sauerkraut to one side of the skillet
- Add pastrami to the other side of the skillet; turn the heat up to medium, tossing pastrami until it is heated thoroughly
- Layer bottom buttered buns with dressing, pastrami, sauerkraut, and cheese; return to broiler until cheese has melted
- Place top bun on sandwich and enjoy!