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reuben on rye

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Colleen Sowa
La Crosse, WI

This is one of my all time favorite sandwiches! When I go out for lunch, this is usually what I would order. My mother used to make this sandwich whenever she made corned beef... This was her favorite sandwich too! You can make with leftover corned beef, deli corned beef, or even the cheap corned beef packages. It is all good! My grandchildren ask to make this a couple times a month, and we make variations because we love to Play With Our Food! ox

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Colleen's directions for this classic deli-style Reuben sandwich are easy to follow and the outcome is one yummy sandwich. We used a good quality deli sliced corned beef and Swiss for testing. The grainy rye bread is perfect with the tangy sauerkraut and sweet Thousand Island dressing. Corned beef and melted Swiss cheese is a perfect combo. The whole sandwich is a perfect marriage of flavors. If you have leftover corned beef, this Reuben sandwich is a great way to use it.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 1 sandwich
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For reuben on rye

  • 2 slice
    marbled rye, dark rye bread, any rye bread, pumpernickel (your choice)
  • softened butter
  • 5 - 7 slice
    corned beef (sliced thin)
  • 4 - 5 Tbsp
    sauerkraut (drained, squeezed very well)
  • 2 slice
    Swiss cheese (sliced thin)
  • 1 Tbsp
    Thousand Island dressing

How To Make reuben on rye

  • Buttering bread.
    Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Placing corned beef on the slice of bread.
    Place one slice, buttered side down, in a skillet. Put corned beef on bread.
  • Add sauerkraut to the sandwich.
    Add the sauerkraut on top of the corned beef.
  • Top with Swiss cheese slices.
    Put the cheese slices on the sauerkraut.
  • Adding Thousand Island dressing to the sandwich.
    Then add the Thousand Island dressing on top of the cheese.
  • Topping the sandwich with a second slice of bread.
    Put the second slice of buttered bread on top buttered side up.
  • Grilling the sandwiches.
    Cook over medium-high heat on both sides, like you would do to make a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Cutting the sandwich on an angle.
    Cut on an angle. Serve with french fries or potato chips and a big old dill pickle! Yum!