Most often, when I'm craving something I can't get nearby or that just isn't up to par in my high (ha) standards (eg., a good Caesar Salad), I have to recreate my craving on my own, and hope that I am happy with the results. This particular time I was!
Say hello to Rachel.
Rachel is Reuben's girlfriend. Instead of corned beef, she's got pastrami. Instead of sauerkraut, she's got coleslaw. She's so tasty, I just want to eat her up.
Here's How you make her:
Get some deli sliced pastrami (I know, it would be better if I had made my own, but that's a LOT of work and I have a craving to tend to)...Boar's Head brand is my favorite. All of their meat rocks.
Swiss Cheese slices (depending on how many sandwiches you are making...I used 2 slices/sandwich)
Coleslaw (again, I would have made my own, but I had a craving...I had no time to waste.)
Thousand Island Dressing (if you want to make a REAL Rachel. I didn't think I needed the extra dressing with all the coleslaw creaminess).
Pumpernickel or Rye bread, toasted
Here's What To Do:
Place your pastrami in a skillet on medium heat and toss around until heated through. Add swiss cheese to the pastrami and cover with a lid for about 40 seconds, or until the cheese melts. Top your toasted bread with the pastrami/cheese melt, top that with coleslaw, add or don't add thousand island dressing.
I've never seen one of these in Memphis, which is why I probably crave it from time to time. It's delicious. You should be craving one now too. And now you know how to make one.