Brie and pastrami pan-seared sandwich

Brie makes everything it’s paired with a bit more delicious, especially when melted. These brie and pastrami sandwiches are just the thing to whip up for family at the weekend, for an extra-special but quick lunch.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch
Servings 2
Kid Friendly


  • 30 g butter
  • 4 slices rustic hand-cut bread
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 6 slices pastrami
  • 4 gherkins sliced, plus extra to serve
  • ½ wheel brie 60g, sliced
  • salad greens to serve


  • Butter the slices of bread, turn over two slices and spread with a layer of mustard.
  • Top mustard with waves of pastrami, sliced gherkins and brie. Cover with the remaining bread slices, keeping the buttered sides facing out.
  • Preheat a large frying pan and cook the sandwiches over a low to medium heat. When golden, flip the sandwiches over and cook on the opposite side.
  • Cover the pan with a lid to help melt the brie. Serve with fresh greens and extra gherkins.


Pastrami is a bit like corned beef, but much much better and tastier. It’s perfect for sandwiches as it’s not too tough to bite through.
This recipe is from the Oct/Nov issue of NADIA magazine.