Deli 101

St. Patrick’s Day – Corned Beef or Pastrami?

Both corned beef and pastrami are cured, meaning they have been brined in a salt water solution, with or without seasonings and spices. But the cooking process is different after the curing. Corned beef is boiled and Pastrami is rubbed with spices and then smoked. Traditionally you eat corned beef on a Reuben sandwich.

Reuben = corned beef + Swiss cheese + sauerkraut + Thousand Island dressing on plain or toasted rye bread.

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