Hot Pastrami Flatbread

Hot Pastrami Flatbread from Very Culinary

by Amy on January 25, 2010 · 24 comments

On my first date with Paul, he proclaimed his undying love… for Old Dutch Dill Pickle Potato Chips. He yammered on about how they’re the best chip ever and how he couldn’t find them anywhere in Sacramento. I, of course, was smitten, and wanted to impress him. The next day I went online, and lo and behold, found a place that would ship out an entire case. Shortly after receipt of this amazing bounty of chips, he actually proclaimed his undying love for me. So, thank you Old Dutch.

Another thing – he loves dill pickles, in general. And so do I. Warts and all. And like most of my hand-held food victims, I like to chew off all the skin, until I’m left with an uneven mess, and then devour the remains. My sister, Jen, does the same thing. Paul thinks we’re both disturbed.

What does this have to do with the featured recipe, you ask? Well, not a whole lot, except it includes dill pickles. The flatbread also has Caesar salad dressing, pastrami, onion, and swiss cheese. Sounds sort of gross? Oh no, no, no. So not gross. So good. So very, very good.

Hot Pastrami Flatbread
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

• 2 multi-grain or regular flatbreads
• 1/4 cup Caesar salad dressing
• 4 ounces thinly sliced pastrami
• 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
• 1 cup shredded swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 425.

Place equal amounts of dressing, pastrami, pickles, onions, and cheese on top. Bake for about 10 minutes or until cheese is very bubbly..

(adapted slightly from Raley’s)

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Krista January 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

We should form a dill pickle club. Obsessed with them since I was a small child. My dad used to go to the pickle factory after school (awesome!!) and get one most days… Lucky!


Amy @Very Culinary January 20, 2014 at 8:16 am

Oh yes – I would not only join that club, I would lead it :D


Amy February 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Kim – Oh, you should see me eat a kit kat. People move away and stare.


Kim January 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

First off, Paul – send the girl some pies! Valentines Day is around the corner….

Secondly, Amy- you eat the pickle rind first?? You are talented beyond comprehension. I will try this. I think it may take years of practice. I do, however, eat the chocolate wafer off of my ice cream sammies first. That is not for beginners, either.

Flat bread, hot pastrami and pickles? Yum.Me.


Amy January 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Mom – Ha! Dominos days. I did make a mean pizza. They’ve gone down hill ever since I left.

Pam – ;-)

Dad – Not lazy. More like tired. Really tired. And believe it or not, this is right up your alley. I betcha you like it. “Yummilicious”… good one. I’m stealing it.


Dad January 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

OMG, now you’ve come out with a recipe for a pastrami sandwich for the truly lazy, throwing sliced pickles on top instead of on the side, and basically making a pizza out of something that has a tradition going back to Moses and the time of the pharaohs (a little deli on the lower eat side of Giza called “Tut’s”). But look who I’m talking to! A McMommy who snuck out of the house so she could eat Mayo on a hamburger. I think you’re a secret Michigander or Cheesehead, probably Velveeta at that.

Having consumed some of your more yummilicious stuff, and then read about eating pickles from the inside out, I think perhaps there are Jeckyll-Hyde or Fieri-Julia sides to you. On the other hand, having now heard from your readers – and knowing a few of them – this must be the first generation whose taste buds are made from bubble wrap.

That said, Mom says we’re having this for dinner without the pickles, but I do have to pick up some dessert. Hey, Kitchensink, what ice cream goes with pickles?


pam January 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

You had me at hot pastrami.


Mom January 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I’m not sure about this combination, but all your others have been really good. In fact, I’ve never been quite able to get mine to taste as good as yours. It must be your time spent working at a national pizza chain during high school that has given you a magic touch. I remember even then, you gave the pizzas your own “special” touch that made them the best home delivered pizza ever!


Amy January 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Melissa – I will be certain to let Paul know Jen and I are not the only ones who dismantle our food. Steve ;-)

Deb – my sentiments exactly!

Daphne – I used to love sweet pickles and swore off the dill variety. Now it’s reversed.

Mike – LOL! Ya, something like a praying mantis, right?

Jen – I didn’t consider your eating habits sacred, and Jay already married you…for better or worse.

Lora – Interestingly, pastrami isn’t one of my favorite deli meats, but I loved it this way.

Rachel – Ya, well, Sacramento is…um… slow.


Lora January 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’m not a fan of pastrami… but oooo this looks yummy. Pickle chips eh? You guys sure know your food. Will have to look that one up.


Rachel January 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

DILL PICKLE CHIPS ARE AMAZING. I have never tried Old Dutch though. :( They had Lay’s out here in Sac for a while, but that short-lived. BASTARDS.


Jennifer January 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

Oooh…I’ve been outed. Ame, this looks and sounds very yummy.


Mike January 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

Good thing Paul didn’t see how you treated a pickle (by eating the skin off) BEFORE he fell in love with you. He would have feared for his safety and run away (if ya know what I mean). ;)

That flatbread looks GOOOOD!


daphne January 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

My love for dill pickle is err.. hmm… “work in progress” I can stand a few but not too much of them! and did u say dill pickle chips? Man, would love to taste that one for sure!

ps- lucky paul for a wife who goes the mile to find the chips for him!


DebinHawaii January 26, 2010 at 2:58 am

Mmm…looks pretty perfect to me! How can you go wrong with dill pickle and pastrami. I love dill pickle chips too! ;-)


Melissa January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I used to do that with pickles. Haha! And Steve, standing behind me, said your flatbread looks good. :P


Amy January 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Paul – I don’t remember you having a case of pies shipped to me. Hmpfh.

Natasha – It’s definitely versatile, and I like that you can get the whole wheat variety, too.

Joanne – It does sound random, doesn’t it? But, if you take out the dressing, it’s really just a flat sandwich you would find at a Jewish deli.

Dani – when his “errand” turned out to be getting me a coconut cream pie on Saturday, I was reminded why I married him.

Judy – Hi there lovely Judy!! Glad you came over. Being able to laugh at ourselves in the kitchen is key. It’s supposed to be fun. Maybe that’s why so many people consider it a chore…because they take themselves too seriously? Or they can’t stand failure when they’re starving.

Natashya – Okay, um, what you just said? I want to visit Montreal.

kitchensink – You might be onto something there. Bacon certainly has had it’s 15 minutes. Perhaps it should move over and allow a different food to shine. Although, bacon does tend to make everything better.


kitchensink January 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Everything is better with dill pickles…maybe they will be the new bacon?


Natashya January 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Oh my, that looks amazing to me! Reminds me of Montreal smoked meat sammies served with a giant dill pickle. Classic Montreal dish. Now you made a pizza out of it!
I love Miss Vickie’s salt and vinegar chips.. :)


judy January 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

The point of the pickle story is that it makes your recipe post even better. Two for the price of one! Yay! That looks delicious. I like when there’s a picture. Let’s me know how far off I am. Which would be a bad thing, but I have a sense of humor when it comes to cooking.


Dani January 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

You and Paul are SO cute! The perfect pair right from the start, I must say. And if Paul is willing to run coconut cream pie errands for you, I’m guessing the love affair is still going strong. ;-) This recipe looks delicious! I love pastrami and the list of ingredients sounds like a dynamite combination. I never would have thought to use flatbread. Can’t wait to try it.


Joanne January 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Haha cute story about Paul. I can’t believe that after the first date you bought him a whole CASE of pickles. It’s a good thing he called you again. With my luck, I would have bought the case only to have the guy disappear off the face of the earth. But at least I would have gotten a box of chips out of the deal.

That flatbread looks fantastic. A random combination of things but I trust you that it’s fabulous :p


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

I’m totally loving this flatbread with pastrami and pickles! We eat quite a lot of flatbreads and this would sure be a big hit with my family!


Paul January 25, 2010 at 7:16 am

I proclaimed my undying love for Amy with little bits of pickle chips flying out of my mouth. Ate the whole bag right there in front of her. Had little dill and pickle dust all around my mouth. I looked like I had a green goatee.

The best part about these little flat pies from heaven is that Amy doesn’t have to travel 2,000 miles to make it. Of course, if she did, I’d follow her there.

Now I have The Proclaimers’ “500 Miles” in my head. And now I have a headache.


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