Reuben Sandwich

Since I have been craving some hot sandwiches, John recommended that we try Reubens. Then he told me that sauerkraut was involved and I got worried. The smell of sauerkraut is kind of intimidating. Then I tried it out of the jar and it wasn’t too good. John just spoons it out throws it on a hot dog and i’m just like ‘wow’.

I have also never tried pastrami before so this definitely was a whole group of new flavors. I like trying unfamiliar foods though so I decided to keep my mind open. The sauerkraut tasted a lot better after it had been drained and sauteed. It was actually really tasty on the sandwich since the dressing, rye, cheese, and meat were enhanced by its flavor. So, I will be using kraut again on reuben sandwiches for sure–but hot dogs? Noo way.

Reuben Sandwich
(Makes 1 Sandwich)
Printable Version


  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Swiss cheese, sliced
  • Pastrami*
  • 1/3 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • Russian dressing (recipe follows)


  1. Butter the outside of the bread lightly and grease the pan with a little butter.
  2. Place the cheese on one slice of bread followed by the pastrami and the second slice of bread.
  3. Grill the sandwich in a pan until the cheese has melted.
  4. Set the sandwich aside and saute the sauerkraut to warm it.
  5. Add the sauerkraut and spread the dressing on one side of the bread.

*I would recommend getting the nice quality pastrami, or corned beef, from the deli. Like most cold cuts, pre-packaged meat won’t have the same kind of flavor.

Russian Dressing
(makes 1 cup)
Printable Version


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp horse radish
  • squeeze of lemon
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all together.

One Thought on “Reuben Sandwich

  1. What can I say, I’m a Pole and grew up eating Kraut. I don’t even need it on dogs; I can and do eat it straight out of the jar!

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