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Just like the color black, the classic shoe and cashmere – deli meat never goes out of style. Add mustard (or mayo, depending on your preference) and the deli craving is satisfied whether you go with rye or go bun-less.

To the best of my knowledge, the traditional deli roll is only traditional in a kosher kitchen, sort of like gefilte fish. G-d bless the balabusta who invented this little bit of heaven: take a bite of the layered deli meat rolled in flaky, savory puff pastry with a shmear of mustard – and you’ll know what I mean.

But it’s a guilt-ridden pleasure. I am forever searching for a way to cut the cals and still be satisfied. I mean – shouldn’t it be possible to replace the sacred deli roll without impairing your spiritual Shabbos experience?

Hubby says no. And while I must agree that there are no true replacements for the classic deli roll, the classic chocolate chip cookie, or your cashmere sweater, there are variations that are stylish and satisfying and can do the trick from time to time.

The deli roll has inspired us to make other recipes in that vain. Some healthier, some with more pizazz, some in different shapes, whatever you're looking for if you want deli and dough and a great Shabbat appetizer or meal you have come to the right place. 

 Are you a deli roll fan? How do you make yours special?