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Hot Pastrami Spread

I first tasted this at a church party a few years ago. Everyone raves about it and the dish is always scraped clean. You can also serve the savory spread with bite-sized bagel pieces. —Arlene Wilson, Center Barnstead, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    About 3-1/2 cups


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 packages (2-1/2 ounces each) thinly sliced pastrami, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • Thinly sliced pumpernickel bread and light rye bread


  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in pastrami and green pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated though and edges are bubbly.
  • Cut out bread with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter if desired. Serve with spread.

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  • alurndal
    Mar 15, 2010

    Completely bland and unexciting!

  • Bubba Ann
    Mar 13, 2010

    I made this several times and everyone asked for the recipe. For a change, I used chopped corned beef, chopped green onions with tops and smidgen of garlic powder.. can serve warm, room temp or chilled. Spread on crackers or cocktail breads... Went over great..

  • ginagirlio
    Mar 12, 2010

    I have not made this yet, but this sounds delicious and i know I will make this and serve it to family & friends. I have a question though. Would I use the black pastrami or red pastrami? Thanks!!

  • jancerichard
    Mar 5, 2010

    Excellent and Quick, I made my in an oblong glass dish, an served with cut outs and wheat crackers. Everyone wanted the recipe