Who needs bread when you have Pastrami on Rye Latkes?! Make these for a fun appetizer or hearty meal!
As a kid Chanukah in my family as a big affair. The house was fill with decorations from homemade to dusty old cardboard cut-outs of menorahs and dreidels. Then there were the gifts, so many gifts! My mom would spend weeks shopping and hiding them around the house, then when no one was around would carefully wrap each one and stack it tall on our dining room table. I can’t tell you how photos there are of me behind the mountain of presents. We would gather every night to light the menorah and open one gift each.
This lasted for years but as we got older the extravagance of the holiday started to die down. There was no longer a need to open a gift every night and we were all dispersed into our own homes with our own celebrations. However we always made a point to gather for a family celebration. Sometimes it landed on Chanukah, sometimes it didn’t but for us it was more about spending time together as a family during the holidays. I don’t know how or when it got started but one year the latke-off began. As I previously mentioned, we are latke-loving family and it isn’t a Chanukah celebration without frying up potatoes! Apparently one type of latke just wasn’t enough – to be honest they never last that long once they touch down on the table anyway.
This years latke-off entry is still up in the air but our latke-series with the Idaho Potato Commission is a great practice round and hopefully it gives you some ideas for your own family latke competition!
These pastrami on rye latkes is not exactly what you are going to find at your Jewish deli but I can promise you one thing – you’ll never look at bread the same way again once you try these guys.
So how do you get that rye flavor into the latkes? Easy with a generous dose of caraway seeds tossed into the mix!
These latkes are then topped with a slice of pastrami (from the deli or go all out an make your own), a dollop of spicy mustard and don’t forget the pickle!
Perfect for an appetizer or one hearty meal, you can even go all out and sandwich it together but I prefer mine open faced! The only thing that’s missing at this point is a can of Dr. Brown’s!
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