Right now we are talking Pastrami on Rye...
is a classic sandwich made famous in the Jewish kosher delicatessens of New York City. It was first created in 1888 by Sussman Volk, who served it at his deli on Delancey Street in New York City.
Sussman Volk immigrated from Lithuania in the late 1800s. He opened a small butcher shop on New York's Lower East Side. He befriended another immigrant, this one from Romania, who he allowed to store meat in his large icebox. In exchange for his kindness, the friend gave the recipe for pastrami to Volk, who began to serve it to his customers. It proved so popular that in 1888, Volk opened a delicatessen at 88 Delancey Street, one of the first delis in New York City, where he served the meat on rye bread.
It became a favorite at other delis, served on rye bread and topped with spicy brown mustard. Delis in New York City, like Katz's Delicatessen, have become known for their Pastrami on rye sandwiches. In her description of the book on Katz's, Florence Fabricant, the noted food critic for the New York Times, described the volume "as overstuffed as Katz's pastrami on rye."
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 2 slices rye bread
- 1 -2 tablespoon spicy mustard
- 6 ounces sliced pastrami (more, if you can handle it)
- Butter both slices of bread and toast until golden.
- Spread mustard on both slices.
- Warm pastrami in a hot skillet until heated through.
- Pile on top of one slice of the bread and carefully close the sandwich.
- To make a cold pastrami sandwich, skip buttering and toasting the bread and place meat cold on the sandwich.