Many years ago I used to frequent a sandwich shop on Great Titchfield Street in London’s West End district. Run by two completely mad Italians, it was basically a tatty delicatessen where they realised that if they stuffed the content of the deli counter into large slabs of fresh bread then the result would be wonderful – they were not wrong!
They roasted their own beef and chickens in the morning and if you were earlier enough the meat was still hot. I spent hours in there inventing sandwiches stuffed with marinated aubergines, rare beef, mushrooms or anything else, while they fed me strong black espresso laced with Sambuca.
Eventually, I hit upon the perfect balance – Pastrami and Gorgonzola Dolce with tomato on crusty bread.
Take a chunk of bread and butter it.
Add a slab, and I mean slab, of creamy, ripe, Gorgonzola Dolce. This is Gorgonzola made with a slightly different recipe from the picante. It is what the branded Dolcelatte is based on. But look out for the original if you can. Some supermarkets like Sainsbury's and Waitrose sell it.
Cover with lots of freshly cut pastrami – be generous.
Top with good Italian tomato.
Finish with a little extra virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
It truly is a wonderful feast, the pepperiness of the pastrami is a perfect compliment to the cheese, and the tomato adds just the right amount of coolness to the palette. My thanks have to go to that shop, HT Harris it is called. I hope it is run by the same duo and I hope they still are as generous with their portions – they were second to none!