Inspired by your favorite deli, this Montreal smoked meat sandwich recipe combines challah bread with mayo, smoked meat, and gherkin slices. Add a touch of mustard for a spicy take on this peppery, smoky delight!
We want you to enjoy a wonderful adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, memorable experiences, and, of course, delicious road trip food. Most people pack a few dingy sandwiches and a bag of chips when there could be so much more you can do to delight your taste buds on this adventure.
When it comes to our favorite road trip sandwiches, a Montreal-style smoked meat Sandwich takes center stage. Inspired by the iconic Montreal smoked meat, this sandwich recipe promises to elevate your food game during your journey.
Join us as we explore the art of crafting the perfect smoked meat sandwich to pair with some of our delicious healthy road trip snacks.
Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich
- 8 slices of Challah or rye bread
- 16 slices of Montreal-style smoked meat
- 8 gherkins (sliced lengthwise)
- Mayonnaise (to taste)
- Yellow mustard (optional)
- Slice the challah or rye bread horizontally into thin, 1/2-inch slices.
- Spread mayonnaise on both sides of the bread. Add the mustard at this point if using.
- Layer the smoked meat and gherkins on one side of the bread. Then, close the sandwich with the other half of the bread.
- Pack your flavorful smoked meat sandwich in parchment paper or plastic wrap for your road trip. Store in a cooler filled with ice or refrigerate until serving.
Proper storage is essential if you’re planning for an extended road trip or want to prepare the sandwiches in advance. Follow these guidelines to keep your smoked meat sandwiches fresh:
- Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap or place them in airtight containers to prevent moisture from ruining your delicious sandwich.
- Store the sandwiches in a cool place or a cooler with ice packs to preserve their quality.
- Consume the sandwiches within 24 hours for the best taste and texture.
While the classic Montreal-style smoked meat is undeniably delicious, exploring variations can add a touch of excitement to your road trip experience. Consider these options:
- Brisket: Substitute the Montreal smoked meat with smoked beef brisket for a heartier and more robust flavor profile with less seasoning (smoked meat is essentially smoked brisket, so you are simply removing the smoky flavor from this dish.
- Cooked Sliced Beef: For a lighter alternative, opt for thinly sliced cooked beef, marinated with your favorite spices, and smoked for a milder smoky taste.
- Favorite Cold Cuts: Experiment with your preferred cold cuts, such as smoked turkey, ham, or pastrami, to create unique flavor combinations that suit your taste. Corned beef can also work!
- For added tanginess, spread a thin layer of mustard or horseradish sauce on the bread.
- When packing for your road trip, wrap each sandwich individually to ensure easy access and avoid mess.
Can I make the sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them?
While it’s possible to freeze the smoked meat, freezing the assembled sandwiches will change their texture and taste. It’s best to make the sandwiches fresh or store the individual components separately and combine them on the go.
Can I use whole wheat or gluten-free bread as a substitute?
Absolutely! Feel free to use your preferred bread type, whole wheat or gluten-free, to cater to your dietary preferences or restrictions. We can assure you that the choice of bread will not affect the deliciousness of the smoked meat sandwich.