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Pastrami Eggplant Sliders


I had come up with the idea of using frozen ready-made breaded eggplant cutlets as a “slider” base, but I was toying with several options of how to top them. Once I paired them with this piquant and saucy pulled pastrami, it was a finger-licking sensation!   Yields 16 sliders


Prepare the Pastrami Eggplant Sliders

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius).
2. Place pastrami roast into a 9×13-inch (23×33-centimeter) pan filled with about two to three inches (five to seven and a half centimeters) of water. Cover tightly and bake for four to five hours or until extremely tender. Drain the water and shred the pastrami using two forks to pull the meat in until fully shredded.
3. While pastrami is baking, heat two tablespoons oil in a large frying pan. Add diced onions and sauté over low heat until soft, brown, and caramelized, at least 35–45 minutes. Add brown sugar, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, and vinegar and mix well to combine. Add to shredded pastrami and mix well until combined.
4. Heat eggplant cutlets according to package instructions, until crisp. To serve, mound about two to three tablespoons of pulled pastrami mixture onto each warm eggplant cutlet. Drizzle with spicy mayo and top with jalapeño peppers and radishes, if desired.


For a delicious dairy version of the eggplant sliders, try a scoop of mashed potatoes with melted cheese on top of the breaded eggplant.


Prop Styling by Shiri Feldman

Photography by Felicia Perretti