National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day | Pastrami on Rye with Arugula
Having a national food day that commands that you make a sandwich is actually pretty great. I don’t have to rack my brain for what I can make, or hound…uh, I mean, politely ask…my friends and family for ideas. When whoever “they” are decided that January 14th would be National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, they made this challenge a little bit easier for me.
You aren’t going to believe this, but until I made this sandwich, I had not only not tried rye bread, but I hadn’t had pastrami either. I even seriously asked my friend where one would buy pastrami from. Turns out, I could get it fresh from my local grocery store Deli. Who knew?
The pastrami was more expensive than I’m used to paying for my tried and true oven-roasted turkey, but it was completely worth it. The color alone makes the sandwich look so pretty, no? Paired with a combo sauce of horseradish and balsamic vinegar and I hug myself in elation for a job well done.
- 1/2 pound peppered pastrami
- 2 thin slices of provolone cheese
- Handful of arugula
- 2 slices of rye bread
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp horseradish
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Melt butter in skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
- Whisk horseradish and balsamic vinegar together and set aside.
- Assemble sandwich: horseradish mixture on both pieces of bread, one slice of provolone cheese on the bottom slice of bread, followed by pastrami, arugula and final provolone slice.
- Place sandwich in skillet and grill on both sides until bread is golden brown and has a nice crust.
Tomorrow: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day