The History of the Pastrami Sandwich

Learn more about this delicious, beloved sandwich.

When Americans think of Jewish food, a mile-high pastrami sandwich is one of the most iconic dishes that comes to mind. Turns out pastrami sandwiches, like bagels and cream cheese with lox, are a uniquely Jewish American creation.

Jews living in the ghettos of Poland were obviously not stopping at the corner deli for a pastrami and corned beef on rye sandwich. And so we wanted to explore the history of pastrami: where it originated and how it became so synonymous with American Jewish food.

Watch our informative video below, but be warned, you might get a serious craving for a sandwich.

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