Ditch the Deli: 10 Deli-Inspired Dishes

Ditch the Deli: 10 Deli-Inspired Dishes

Don’t get me wrong— I love the deli. I love going in and smelling everything they’re whipping up, from the potato pancakes to the freshly sliced meat all the way to the tart pickles sitting in a big jar on the counter. However, with purse-strings getting a little tighter, it’s not as easy for me to run over and spend $12 for a meal there. Here are some of the best recipes on our site that let you bring the deli home!

Homemade Giardiniera: If you've never been to Chicago, you probably haven't experienced the glory of giardiniera. It's peppers, carrots, cauliflower, and other veggies that are marinated in spicy oil and used as a condiment on sandwiches. Try making it at home, it's delicious!

My Kinda’ Muffuletta: I had this when I went to Louisiana for Jazz Fest. This is my version. The gardiniera salad gives it some zing. They can be cut in quarters for a light appetizer or served with a salad for a meal.

The Best Reuben Sandwich: Reuben sandwiches are a sideways version of corned beef and cabbage. This is a husband keeper!

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing: This is one of the best dressings to put on sandwiches. Personally, I don't like it on salad, but some people do. I think we can all agree this would be delicious on a Reuben.

Luscious Egg Salad:  This egg salad has enough zip to make up for the missing added salt.

Perfect Sweet Potato Chips: This is not just your ordinary recipe for potato chips, this is how you make those fantastic sweet potato chips that you order at certain restaurants.

Easiest Oven Fried Potato Chips: I hate frying chips in my kitchen, because it makes my whole house smell. I discovered this wonderful work-around that still yields the wonderfully crisp chips without the awful stench. You can slice them thinner for a crispier chip, just make sure to cut the baking time down so they don't burn.

Deli-Style Italian Hoagie: If you love the flavor of a deli-styled sandwich but don't feel like trekking out to your local sandwich shop, here's a quick recipe you can make at home!

Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwich: This Italian Beef Sandwich is a Chicago classic.

Deli-Style Pickles: One of my favorite things from the local deli is the good-old deli pickle. It's tart, cool, and the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich. Here's a simple recipe so you can make your own at home!


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