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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Deli Roll

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Deli Roll

Yield: 1 roll. 8 slices.


1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted

1/3 cup deli mustard

1/4 pound corned beef

1/4 pound turkey

1/4 pound pastrami

1 egg, beaten, for wash

Black sesame seeds, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Place a piece of parchment larger than the puff pastry sheet on a clean surface, large enough to roll out the pastry sheet. You may also sprinkle flour on a clean surface for the same purpose.

  3. Roll out puff pastry so that two sides are 2-3” longer than the other sides, creating a rectangular shape.

  4. Spread surface of pastry with mustard, covering every part of it. Layer meat on pastry: corned beef, turkey, pastrami. You want the turkey in the middle to create the contrasting color.

  5. Roll up on long end, keeping seam on bottom when done. Do not seal edges, to allow better cooking. This steams the meat wonderfully.

  6. Brush the surface of the pastry with the egg wash Cut slits in the top about 3/4” apart. This makes the slicing easier after the Deli Roll is baked. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds.

  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top of the puff pastry is golden.  Cool until easy to handle before serving. This is also good at room temperature.


Expandthetable suggestions

Topping: Sprinkle with white sesame seeds, a mixture of black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, other seeds of your choice. Or omit seeds.

Eggfree: Brush top of deli roll with melted margarine.

With fewer around the table, you may have some leftovers. Here are a few tips to reinvent what remains.

#appetizer, #deli,  #Thanksgiving,  #meat

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Gila Green. in No Entry, takes her main character Yael Amar on a path to find courage to speak out and stand up for her beliefs and for truth, not an easy task in a world of power and corruption. Yael gets an education on the Kruger National Park Reserve, and it’s more than about nature. It’s about elephant poaching, greed, intimidation and pain.


Gila writes that Yael feels bitter betrayal “when she discovers her idol, Clara Smith, the prestigious and well-respected program director, profits from blood ivory, while preaching about the sanctity of wildlife. Yael is forced to decide on a new mission: expose this poaching ring to the police or run before she becomes their next victim."

This is a melt in your mouth treat. The deli meats are fragrant and delicious. The mustard with enough of a pique to get your mouth watering. The golden color of the pastry, with alternating colors of meats and with sprinkles of sesame seeds finishes the pretty and delicious picture. You might start your meal with the incredible and easy Deli Roll. If there are any leftovers, it’s a great light lunch for the next day. Recipe is below.

Many of our Thanksgivings will be more intimate this year. Fewer people doesn’t mean less appealing food—as a matter of fact, a comforting Thanksgiving meal should be on everyone’s menu. With only 3 of us at my Thanksgiving table, I am making smaller amounts. This will be my first Thanksgiving without a Pumpkin pie but Pumpkin Brownies keep the traditional pumpkin on the table and are a hit with my family. They give smaller portions for us and freeze well.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating, one filled with good food, loving family and friends, and gratitude for our blessings.  See below for Thanksgiving leftover tips. 

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