Well, St. Patricks day has come and gone. A couple weeks ago I posted the Irish Beef and Stout Pies but on March 17th, we had an old-fashioned corned beef and cabbage boiled dinner. And, we still have a nice chunk of corned beef left over from our dinner. Don does love a nice hot reuben sandwich so that is what is for lunch.
If we go out to lunch somewhere I can almost always bet that he is going to order either fish and chips, a burger or a hot reuben sandwich. But he is sorta like Jack Sprat (who ate no fat) and will open the sandwich looking for any globs of fat. If it passes inspection, it’s a good sandwich.
Reuben sandwiches can be made with pastrami as well as corned beef but a classic reuben sandwich is made with corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. It is all packed together on two slices of buttered rye bread, and then popped onto a hot griddle to toast.
My version is pretty much the same but I buttered the bread on both sides and placed it on a baking sheet and put it into a hot oven to toast. Half-way through the cooking time, I flipped the sandwiches over and continue cooking them until the cheese was melted.
Either way you toast it, it is delicious and makes a great lunch with a dill pickle and some ‘tater chips.
Adapted from Central Market Kitchen
Hot Reuben Sandwich
A classic hot Reuben sandwich, filled generously with thinly sliced corned beef with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese and toasted to a golden brown.
- 4 slices rye bread
- 4 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 8 ounces thinly sliced corned beef (or pastrami)
- 6 ounces sauerkraut, drained
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon Thousand Island dressing and top with one slice of Swiss cheese. Put half of the corned beef on two slices of bread and top with half of the sauerkraut and place the other slice of bread on each. Butter both sandwiches and place buttered side down on a sheet pan and butter the top piece of bread.
- Transfer to the middle of the preheated oven and bake for about 5 minutes, remove from oven and flip the sandwiches over and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.