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Your Jewish Christmas Needs Pastrami Egg Rolls

You're just three ingredients away from this super fun appetizer.

We all know that going out for Chinese food on Christmas or Christmas Eve is, like, the thing for Jews to do. (Although I hear non-Jews like Chinese food on Christmas too, just sayin). But making your own Chinese food at home is pretty fun, especially when it only requires three ingredients. The rolling took a little time to master, but I think these egg rolls look pretty professional.

The concept for these egg rolls is actually inspired by a restaurant here in New York City called Red Farm, which features egg rolls made with Katz’s famous pastrami. My version uses simple chopped-up pastrami (which I bought at the store), jarred sauerkraut (thanks Trader Joe’s) and egg rolls (also store-bought).  Watch below — you can thank me later.


Note: you can find store-bought egg roll wrappers in the produce section of most major supermarket chains (yes, the produce section, I swear). You can also try Asian specialty markets.


  • store-bought egg rolls wrappers (you can find in the produce section of many major supermarkets)
  • 1 lb sliced pastrami, chopped
  • prepared sauerkraut (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
  • water for sealing
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the dipping sauce (optional):

  • 1 cup prepared duck sauce mixed
  • 1/4 cup brown mustard for dipping


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add around 2-3 Tbsp chopped pastrami on top of each egg roll wrapper.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp sauerkraut on top of pastrami.
  4. Fold sides of wrapper in (with points facing inwards). Pull large flap over the top and begin to roll tightly. (Watch video above for how to roll the egg rolls).
  5. Seal edges with water.
  6. When oil has heated, fry each egg roll for 1 minute on each side, or until crisp and golden.
  7. Mix duck sauce and mustard and serve with warm egg rolls.

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