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Cheats Pastrami

Pastrami sliced sitting next to a Spanglish Asadero Chile de Arbol seasoning. Ready to be assembled into anything you desire.
Cheats Pastrami

Simon says: A deli staple, this Cheats Pastrami is super easy to make for yourself at home. I love to get this on the smoker over the weekend while cooking other meals. Sliced up thin makes for great work and school lunches, even better, in a classic Reuben Sandwich.

A few facts about Pastrami:

Origins and History:

Pastrami is a highly popular deli meat that originated from the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe, particularly Romania. It was brought to the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The name "pastrami" itself is derived from the Romanian word "pastramă," which refers to a method of preserving meat through smoking and curing.

Meat Preparation:

Traditionally, pastrami is made from beef, specifically the navel cut of the cow, also known as the beef plate or brisket. The beef is typically brined in a mixture of water, salt, sugar, and various spices such as garlic, black pepper, coriander, and paprika. After the brining process, the meat is usually coated with additional spices, such as cracked black pepper, before it is smoked and slow-cooked to achieve its distinct flavor and tenderness.

Smoky Flavor and Signature Bark:

One of the defining characteristics of pastrami is its smoky flavor, which comes from the smoking process. Traditionally, the beef is smoked over hardwood, such as oak or hickory, which imparts a rich and distinctive taste to the meat. As a result of the smoking process, pastrami develops a dark, flavorful outer bark or crust, which adds to its overall appeal.

Thin Slicing and Deli Culture:

Pastrami is typically served thinly sliced and piled high between slices of rye bread, often accompanied by mustard and pickles. This iconic combination is a classic feature of Jewish deli culture, particularly in cities like New York, where pastrami sandwiches have become legendary. The thinly sliced pastrami allows for the perfect balance of flavors and textures, ensuring that every bite is a savory delight.

Versatility in Culinary Applications:

While the pastrami sandwich is the most well-known application of this flavorful meat, pastrami can be used in various other culinary creations. It can be added to breakfast dishes like eggs or incorporated into salads, soups, or even pizza toppings. Its distinct taste and texture make pastrami a versatile ingredient that adds a punch of flavor to a wide range of dishes.

Worldwide Popularity:

Pastrami's popularity has transcended cultural boundaries and is enjoyed by people from different backgrounds and cuisines around the world. It has become a staple in many delis, cafes, and sandwich shops, not only in the United States but also in countries like Canada, Australia, and parts of Europe.

Pastrami's unique combination of flavors, its role in Jewish culinary heritage, and its adaptability in various dishes have solidified its place as a beloved deli meat that continues to delight food enthusiasts globally.

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