National Hot Pastrami Day
Did you know that there are celebrations for every day of the year? A lot of them have to do with food and it’s no wonder because Julia Child says it best:
So why not pick a food and celebrate it.
Today is National Hot Pastrami Day, you can find out what days are coming up by going to National Days Calendar and find out what’s ahead. This would be especially helpful for cafe’s, restaurants, and even home use!
Today I’m going to talk about Pastrami and how you can use it different ways and what exactly it is.
According to Google this is what Pastrami is and how you pronounce it:
pas·tra·mi /pəˈsträmē/ noun: highly seasoned smoked beef, typically served in thin slices.
You can find out some nutritional information about Pastrami here.
Ways you can use Pastrami:
- This would probably be a most popular way as it is sliced like a lunch meat. So you can have it cold or hot and served on toast or a bun with all the toppings to make a yummy italian style sandwich. Serve it with fries. Top it with tomato, lettuce, italian dressing, cheese, onions, and even banana peppers. ( you could do a subway style sandwich with all the veggies if you’d like!)
Chipped up and creamed
- You could have it chipped at the deli and then create a chipped pastrami dish to serve hot over toast similar to creamed chipped dried beef. Top with a slice of cheese and a sprinkle of parsley and you’ve got a beautiful dish to serve.
Make a Pastrami Grilled Cheese
- This just sounds yummy to me! Prepare 2 slices of bread like you’re going to make a regular grilled cheese. Carmalize some onion first, then put the bread on topped with your choice of cheese, then pastrami and carmalized onions. Serve with your favorite soup. (Vegetable soup would make an excellent choice, but whatever the soup of the day is, unless it’s clam chowder!) To make your dish elegant, stick a sprig of parsley or rosemary on top of the sandwich and arrange crackers to the side of the soup bowl.
Have Pastrami Steak!
- Yes, it’s possible. As I was researching to write this article, I was taking a look at an article that was written for NYC on ways to have pastrami that were not sandwiches and this was one of the ways. You can check out the article here. You could serve this dish very elegantly with a browned butter gravy, mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter and sprinkled with parsley, and a side of veggies. (Would make an excellent restaurant menu choice!)
- Have you ever tasted a reuben? My husband has become the Reuben master at our house it’s one of his signature dishes. He learned to cook many different things when I was pregnant with our twins and was having food aversions. He really got tired of chicken. So you take thinly sliced pastrami and slice it into strips, add to a crockpot, then dump in a can of sauerkraut (brand of your choice) and put in shredded mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise (miracle whip is Hubby’s favorite.) Mix all ingredients together. Hubby also adds mushrooms to his reubens (he actually uses corned beef, but you can use pastrami too.) Cook on low 1-2 hours or until heated through.
There you have 5 ways to use Pastrami and celebrate National Hot Pastrami Day!