Can you imagine at the age of 19 being mistaken for someone else? Then can you imagine finding out that that person is your twin? How about if a third individual came to light? And then amazingly you found out that you were a triplet, and not a twin? It sounds incredible, but this story is true!
This story is told in an amazing documentary called “Three Identical Strangers.” I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it. We watched this film on our recent Sunday movie night, and the setting of the film is New York.
During movie nights I love to cook a meal for that evening that has something to do with the film we are watching. For example either the setting of the movie, or food actually eaten or highlighted in the film can inspire the meal. The pastrami on rye sandwich is famous in New York. So “Three Identical Strangers” gave me the excuse to whip up one of these amazing sandwiches for our movie night dinner.
Originally Romanian Jews brought pastrami on rye to New York City. Now Jewish delis, such as Katz’s Delicatessen, serve hot pastrami sandwiches on rye. You must have one of these sandwiches while in New York! This recipe pays homage to this incredible sandwich with a few tweaks. It is perfectly delicious though!
My hope is that you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a Jewish deli in New York when you take your first bite out of this sandwich. Be sure to serve kosher dill pickles with this delicacy. Enjoy!
Pastrami and Swiss On Rye
- spreadable butter I used Challenge
- 3/4 lb pastrami
- spicy brown mustard
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 8 slices rye bread
- Preheat your oven to 300 F
- Lightly butter both sides of the 8 slices of rye bread
- Heat up your skillet to med high, and lightly toast each side of your rye bread. Keep a close eye so that it doesn’t burn. Toasting time will be approximately 30 sec – 1 minute or so.
- To keep the toasted bread from getting soggy, “tent” them by standing them up on their edges (see photo)
- Once the slices have cooled, add 1/4 of the pastrami to the bottom slice of your sandwich. Repeat for a total of 4 sandwiches
- Add 2 slices of swiss cheese on top of the pastrami, and then as much spicy brown mustard as you like. Repeat for a total of 4 sandwiches
- Top with the top slice of your sandwich. Repeat for a total of 4 sandwiches.
- Place your sandwiches in the 300 F oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the swiss cheese has started to melt
- Remove and serve with dill pickles