you're looking for something to do today then I hope you're hungry
because it's National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day! Heat up your
meat and slap it between some bread today... Let's get right
celebrating National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!
WHY IS THIS A
As with most food holidays, there is no reason for this
be chosen but it's such a common sandwich that it deserves to have its
own holiday. The problem is, I never had one before today!
meat, and word, comes from the Romanian delicacy pastrama. Pastram
means to preserve. Pastrami made it to the United States in
late 19th century thanks to Romanian Jewish immigrants from Bessarabia
and Romania. It was probably changed to being called pastrami to sound
more like Italian salami. It's always nice when your meats rhyme, isn't
There is a dispute as to which New Yorker created the first
pastrami sandwich, but either way it was created in 1887-1888.
Pastrami meat is usually made from the navel end of beef
and is covered in brine before they add a bunch of spices. The spices
are usually things like allspice, black pepper, cloves, coriander,
garlic, paprika and mustard seed. Then the smoke the meat before
finally steaming it. The steaming of the meat actually breaks down the
connecting tissues within the meat. Then the meat is usually
heated and put on rye bread. Sometimes people slap some coleslaw and
Russian dressing in there to add the finishing touches to their
sandwich. Sounds like quite the feast, doesn't it?
How can you celebrate today? Well, you can easily find a
nearby deli or restaurant and have them make you a hot pastrami
sandwich. If you've had one before, then go all out and test out some
new toppings on your sandwich. Live a little ;). You might
with a sandwich you can only tackle half of in one sitting, but at
least you'll come out feeling satisfied that you tried something new.
But if you haven't had one before, then maybe you should
with the basic hot pastrami sandwich so that you can get a taste for
the flavor of the meat and see how much you really like it.
all those ingredients it should be a pretty flavorful meat,
right? And once you get the taste for it, you can graduate up
a variety of different toppings.
Or you could go to a deli
or butcher and pick up some of your own pastrami and make a bunch of
sandwiches at home. Get some friends together and have a hot pastrami
sandwich party while you watch the game tonight if you want.
who can make the most creative or biggest sandwich... and then see who
can finish it first! Just make sure to get plenty of bread, a
variety of toppings and keep your meat hot! Could be a
little party that leaves your house smelling like a deli... I
hope you have a hearty day today!