Bacon and Legs – Orgasmic pastrami for the New Year

Fontina Turner

Fontina Turner

New Year’s Eve. Wild parties, lots of bubbly, sequins dresses and party hats. Every freaking year. Oh wait, no. That’s not me …

Let’s try this again.

New Year’s Eve. A house full of cats, half a beer, pajamas and setting my alarm for two minutes ‘til midnight. Every freaking year!

Yup, that’s more like it.

All of this makes me something of an expert on the New Year’s television specials. Ever since Dick Clark stroked out on us, there has been nothing to watch on TV. I, personally, like to pop in When Harry Met Sally. I think it’s generally considered the best New Year’s movie. Even Time put together a list of the best New Year’s movies this year and it was number one (or number eight, depending how you look at the list).

You’ve gotta respect Sally. She’s independent, a master of hairstyles and owns days of the week underpants. Most importantly, she knows what she wants at restaurants and she makes sure she gets exactly that. Much like Harry, I love hearing her order. That being said, I think it’s sucky that we don’t get to hear her order in the most famous scene of the movie: the Katz Deli scene. Especially since the scene ends with the famous line, “I’ll have what she’s having.” The woman who utters this line (Rob Reiner’s mother) jokes that the food must induce orgasm. So let’s figure out what the fuck this food is, yeah?

For starters, I found the script online. Funny thing is, there wasn’t much setup written, but it was originally supposed to be in Carnegie Deli. Secondly, if you watch the scene they are both setup with giant pastrami sandwiches. Naturally. Including a pickle, and a server brings sides of coleslaw. Sally removes most of the meat from her sandwich.

Perfect, seems simple enough. But this food is good enough to climax over. So I wanted to make sure we get it just right. Actually, the folks over at Serious Eats did all the work for me. They worked with Katz Deli and unveiled exactly how to make their signature pastrami. It’s intense. (That’s why it’s so good.) I did not do this when I made mine. I bought some. But let it be known that the info is out there if you’re feeling a little crazy-dedicated.

Pastrami. Rye. Slaw. Big Fat Pickle. I’ll have what she’s having.

Happy 2015!

I’ll Have What She’s Having
Orgasmic Pastrami for the New Year


  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 1/3 lb. thick-sliced pastrami (blend of lean and fatty)
  • 2/3 cup coleslaw
  • a damn good kosher dill

Pile the pastrami high on the bread. Remove most of the pastrami from the bread. Serve with a side of coleslaw and a pickle.

Fake an orgasm.

(Hardest recipe I’ve ever done.)

* I like to put coleslaw on my sandwich and have a pastrami special.


Fontina Turner, a food blogger and graphic designer from Philadelphia, makes classy-as-fuck comfort food and consumes an unhealthy amount of cheeses and craft beers. She can be found in the kitchen, at the bar, on Twitter or trying to make H. Jon Benjamin love her. Contact her at

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