January 14, 2012

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

"I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted cured meats." - Seinfeld

It's National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!

As a kid, I was a "bologna and American cheese with ketchup on white bread" kinda girl. As a teen, I was more the "roast beef with mayo on potato bread" kinda girl. And as an adult, before my days as an herbivore, I'd try just about anything. My original photographer and his wife made me my first - and only real - hot pastrami sandwich, loaded with sauerkraut and pastrami which always seemed . . . for lack of a better description . . . bloody to me. I know it's not, but you know how it is: once you associate something (pastrami) with something else (oozing blood), it's hard to break yourself of connecting the two thoughts.

However, I tried valiantly to remember the components of that pastrami sandwich they made me 'lo those many years ago. I think I recreated one heckuva awesome vegan version of it using Tofurky's Peppered Deli Slices... sans the sauerkraut (which is even grosser to me than pastrami is).

Where does the pastrami sandwich even come from? Two different sources claim it's their brainchild. New Yorker Sussman Volk says he got the recipe from a Romanian friend in 1887. Katz's Deli, also located in New York, says they made the first meaty treat in 1888. You can decide for yourself who was actually behind this sandwich.

It’s best to probably think about it while eating one, though!

Happy Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!