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Playing Gail Simmons' Latke Reubens

"I came up with this little nosh for a holiday episode of 'The Feed,' my show with chef Marcus Samuelsson and comedian Max Silvestri, in 2014. Combining my family's cherished latke recipe with the fillings of a classic Reuben sandwich, I created the ultimate Hanukkah deli delight. A perfect way to celebrate the Festival of Lights, it's also a killer Super Bowl party snack or fun accompaniment to cocktails any time of year," Gail says.


For the slaw:
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups shredded green cabbage (about a quarter of a small head)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion (about ½)
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
For the dressing:
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
To assemble:
  • ½ pound thinly sliced pastrami, halved crosswise
  • Chopped fresh dill


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.

To assemble: Spread about 1 teaspoon of the dressing on each latke. Top with a folded slice of pastrami and a heaping teaspoon of the slaw. Garnish with dill and serve.