Latke Reubens

Makes 3 dozen

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2 tbsp
apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp
spicy brown mustards
1 1/2 tsp
light or dark brown sugar
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp
1 1/2 cups
shredded green cabbage
Granny Smith apple, cut into matchsticks
3/4 cup
red onion, thinly sliced
celery sticks, thinly sliced
2 tbsp
fresh dill, chopped


3/4 cup
1/2 cup
1 tbsp
prepared white horseradish
1 tsp


3 1/2 pounds
baking potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthwise
1 large
yellow onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp
fresh dill, chopped
1/4 tsp
kosher salt


  • For the slaw: In a large bowl, stir together the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil until well combined.
  • Add the cabbage, apple, onion, celery and dill to the dressing; toss thoroughly to combine. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Let the slaw stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  • For the dressing: In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients. Adjust the hot sauce to taste. The dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • For the latkes: Set a large strainer over a bowl. In a food processor fitted with the shredding disk, shred the potatoes and onion in batches. Add each batch to the strainer and let stand for 5 minutes, then squeeze dry. Pour off the liquid and rinse the bowl, then add the shredded potato mixture. Stir in the flour, eggs, dill, baking powder, and 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Scrape the mixture back into the strainer and set it over the bowl again; let stand for another 5 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of canola oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Working in batches, spoon a scant 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil for each latke, pressing slightly to flatten. Fry over moderate heat, turning once, until the latkes are golden and crisp on both sides, about 7 minutes. Drain the latkes on a paper towel–lined baking sheet. Season well with salt.
  • To assemble: Spread about 1 teaspoon of the dressing on each latke. Top with a folded slice of pastrami and a heaping tablespoon of the slaw. Garnish with dill and serve.

Excerpted from BRINGING IT HOME Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons.  Copyright © 2017 by Gail Simmons.  Reprinted with permission from Grand Central Life & Style.  All rights reserved.


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