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Pastrami Sandwich


  • 2 slices rye, ciabatta or gluten-free bread
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 4 oz pastrami
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Thinly sliced onion (optional)


Spread mustard on one slice of bread, add cheese, pastrami, onions and pickles. Close sandwich and set aside. Melt butter on sandwich press or pan, place sandwich in the press or pan and turn heat down to medium low, cook until bread is crispy and golden, approximately 5 minutes.

My Favorite Recipe Book

Find recipes like this and more in the recipe book Puerto Rican Cookery by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli. My mother gave me this recipe book on my 18th birthday and it has been my staple recipe book ever since.

Did You Know?

Many have suggested that the Jones Act of 1917 was solely a means of creating a "blood tax" on Puerto Rico and adding to the supply of available men to add to the World War I effort. (Russell Baruffi)