Friday, October 22, 2010

Pastrami Sandwich At The Beach

Bev had gone freezer diving before we headed for Marco and came up with a nice piece of pastrami. For some reason, we like pastrami sandwiches when on vacation and often had them grilled for breakfast before hitting the slopes back in our skiing days. I make pastrami fairly often using either store bought or my homemade corned beef and I don’t know which this was. (Pastrami = corned beef, rubbed with the correct spices and smoked). We usually just warm the meat in the microwave or a skillet after slicing, but for this meal I wanted to do it real New York deli style - which means steaming the whole piece then slicing.

Our condo is only equipped with the basic equipment and a steamer pan didn’t qualify, but we did have a big enough pot and a shallow cereal bowl. I inverted the bowl in the pan, added water half way up the bowl, topped with the meat, put on the lid and commenced to slowly steaming – the air trapped under the bowl made an interesting noise the entire time.

I steamed it for about an hour, sliced, and put it between two pieces of Pepperidge Farm rye bread with some Swiss cheese and spicy brown mustard - I wish I could have had some of the homemade rye bread from Hoot’s where we had breakfast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the right knife to slice it thin, but trust me, it was still delicious.

Bev and Pat grilled theirs and I ate mine on room temperature bread and I believe steaming is the way to go although I think another hour would have made it perfect.  Mine could have actually used less meat and another piece or two of cheese, but I was trying to emulate those from a New York deli with mile high meat.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.



  1. I love pastrami sandwiches, though I haven't had one in ages! Must rememdy that!

  2. Great looking sandwich Larry! Love that inventive steamer! And no duct tape was harmed in it's making. :-)

  3. Resourceful! The sandwich looks great, but big. I heard a comedian talking about NY delis and the amount of meat they put on a single sandwich. (sounded intense)

  4. Nothing better than a pastrami on rye. I love the way you steamed it... very resourceful!

    Go Beavs & Ducks!!!

  5. There is nothing like a good pastrami with cheese on rye.

  6. I love your innovative steamer, you'd think you were an engineer or something, ha ha.

    You got me ready to smoke a pastrami soon.

  7. Haha I love how resourceful you were with that homemade steamer. Good call.

    Pastrami sounds delicious and like a great vacation food! Especially one to fuel you up before hitting the slopes.


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