Reuben Sandwich

I love this time a year, when St. Patrick’s day is nearing. This is the time of year where I typically buy a couple of corned beef’s as they are typically on sale. It is also the time of year where I make a batch of corned beef hash, and get my Reuben sandwich on.

Reuben Sandwich recipe

My wife is not a fan of the corned beef. She calls it a meat from another planet because of its color and texture. I, myself argue with her and inform her that it is a delicious tasting part of the beef, known as the brisket. The corning comes from how they brine the meat. The result is a super tender piece of meat that is simply packed with some killer flavor.

Why is this Irish? Who knows, maybe because corned beef is typically used with cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, and the leftover corned beef was used for sandwiches.


  • 2 slices of good Rye bread
  • Thin slices of cooked corned beef
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1000 Island dressing
  • Sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 tbsp butter

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Spread the butter on one side of each of the slices of Rye bread. Add one slice of the bread, butter side down, onto the skillet. Top with a thin layer of dressing. Add a slice of cheese. Add the corned beef. Add a bit of the sauerkraut. Add the swiss cheese. Add dressing to the other side of the bread, and place the bread on top, butter side up. Cook on medium to low heat for about 7 minutes per side. The goal is to get a nice golden brown crust on both sides, while at the same time heating up the contents of the sandwich. Flip the sandwich and cook the other side. After about 5 minutes on browning the second side, I remove from the heat, cover the skillet, and let everything get all happy.

Remove the sandwich from the skillet and serve with a nice pickle, or your favorite chips or fries. Delicious with a nice cold beer.

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Dax Phillips

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3 thoughts to “Reuben Sandwich”

  1. Ah yes, a favorite of the Jews. Instead of 1000 Island, I always have Reubens with horseradish mustard. Last summer I discovered Jake’s Deli uses horseradish as well, which gave me all the more reason to eat there far too many times.

  2. Oh, Reuben, how do I love thee?
    What’s weird about this sandwich is that I don’t like sauerkraut OR 1000 Island dressing normally, but they are must-have’s on this particular combo.
    I got turned on to the Reuben in the 70’s, when my dad would send me down the street to pick up a couple of these from an Italian restaurant called Guiseppe’s that also made KILLER deli-style sandwiches. They were the size of a car hubcap, LOADED with tender corned beef and all the rest, and DRIPPING with Swiss cheese.
    Later on, in my 20’s, I worked as a line cook at a restaurant that made a Reuben with homemade purple cabbage sauerkraut, and that was fantastic as well.
    One of my all-time favorite sandwiches, well-represented here, thanks!

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