Puff Pastry Pastrami Pockets

You know those foods that are so quintessentially Jewish that everybody associates them with New York and the Jews? I’m talking about foods like K’nishes (remember how I posted a recipe to make those at home?) and a big ‘ol pastrami sandwich on rye bread. With a pickle. And sushi. Okay, that last one isn’t necessarily a Jewish food, but we definitely support Japanese cuisine as much as we do Chinese cuisine, in recent years.

Well, here’s a food that is Jewish through and through: deli roll. Honestly, I’m often surprised that this hasn’t made it out of the Jewish world much, because deli roll is just plain delicious.

But it’s also kinda boring. At least if you’re a Jewish gal from New York who’s grown up on deli roll every week for Shabbat lunch. So at some point I felt a need to update things a bit, and came up with this. It’s not healthy…at all. But it’s super easy, can be made and even frozen in advance, and it’s super delicious. It’s a perfect little appetizer, especially for the coming holidays.

Puff Pastry Pastrami Pockets

2 Tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 6-oz package pastrami, cut in small squares
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
24 small puff pastry squares

Sesame seeds, for topping

Heat oil in a large frying pan over a low flame. Add the diced onion and sauté for a few minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and pastrami and continue to sauté on a low flame for 20-30 minutes, until reduced and smells great.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

Remove the mixture from the heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Spoon a small spoonful of the mixture into the center of a small puff pastry square. Fold it over and pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with remaining squares and filling. Place on prepared cookie sheet. If desired, brush the tops with beaten egg and sesame seeds.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and serve hot.


Thanks for stopping by folks! Make sure to come back soon, because I’ve got a great surprise coming up for you! -Miriam


  1. Mel says

    I want to serve these as an appetizer, any recommendations for a fun dipping sauce? Maybe something mustard based? Thanks!


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