Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pastrami-cilantro deli sandwich

I recently fell in love with reuben sandwiches, and attempted to make my own at home for cheaper. It can be hard to find corned beef at a decent price, though, and after making my own brisket and failing at it, I started substituting the cheaper pastrami. I also used sourdough instead of the traditional rye, since I found more uses for the rest of the loaf. But where I finally departed from the reuben and made my own sandwich was adding a layer of crunchy cilantro, and then dropping the sauerkraut to let it shine. Not as classic as a reuben perhaps, but a new family favorite definitely.

Ingredients (for four sandwiches):
1 round loaf sourdough bread
irish cheddar
thousand island dressing
1 bunch cilantro
8 oz package Hillshire Farms pastrami

1) Using a bread knife, cut eight slices from the center of the loaf. Toast all slices in toaster oven on low.

2) Slice irish cheddar cheese thinly and cover four slices with cheese. Toast again, using toaster oven tray to catch any cheese drips.

3) Lightly butter the four other slices, and place in oven under broiler until crispy.

4) Turn oven the crispy slices and add a layer of thousand island dressing.

5) Add generous layer of cilantro.

6) Heat the pastrami in the microwave for 90 seconds and add a 2 oz layer on top of the cilantro.

7) Place the cheesy slice on top of the pastrami, the lightly butter the top.

8) Broil until just crispy on top, then slice in two and serve!

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