This recipe is an homage to my favorite hometown sandwich from the 2nd Avenue Deli. This has been my classic NYC go-to sandwich for decades. When I'm feeling a little under the weather, I call 2nd Ave Deli for this sandwich and some matzoh ball soup. It's New York City all the way.
For the Russian dressing:
Whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, capers, cornichons and chile de arbol in a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
For the coleslaw:
Whisk together the mayonnaise, onion, sugar, celery salt, celery seed, vinegar and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cabbage and carrot, stir to combine and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.
Let slaw sit at least 15 minutes before serving.
For the sandwich:1.
Lay the slices of the bread on a clean work surface and spread each with a few teaspoons of the Russian dressing.2.
Top each bread slice with some of the turkey and a dollop of the coleslaw.3.
Top each sandwich with the remaining slice of bread. Cut in half and serve with the dill pickles.