I wanted to share an oldie but goodie in my house before St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. I realize some of you won’t make my Dublin coddle and will go with the traditional corned beef and cabbage. That’s okay I got something for your leftover corned beef – my reuben sandwich.
I have been making this so long. I mean, close to 20 years. I still have the original recipe card my wife printed out. It’s nasty too. It has splashes all over it, what I can only guess is Worcestershire sauce and ketchup from the Russian dressing. It doesn’t have a smell though, promise.
So, if you have left over corned beef, use it. If not, just used deli corned beef. I love Boar’s Head’s corned beef. It’s the only one I’ll use, but I just love Boar’s Head. Have the deli shave it thin.
What makes this the best you ask? The Russian Dressing. It’s what makes this sandwich. I know some people just slather Thousand Island on their reubens, but not me. I like to make this dressing about an hour before I start the sandwiches to give the ingredients time to get to know each other.
I also don’t butter my bread. I put a thin coat of mayo on the outside instead. If you’ve never tried this, it makes a really nice, delicate crispiness, different from butter. I do my grilled cheese like that as well.
Here we go!
REUBEN WITH HOMEMADE RUSSIAN DRESSING
For the Russian Dressing:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup Russian Dressing
corned beef thinly sliced
sauerkraut, squeezed of excess moisture
– Make the dressing and put in the fridge.
– Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spread mayo on one side of the bread, mayo side down. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, then corned beef. Add 1 tablespoon Russian dressing then another layer of corned beef and swiss cheese. Top with bread, with mayo side up.
– Cook in heated pan until golden brown. Flip and repeat. Cut sandwiches in half before serving.
**NOTE: If you can find it, Severne makes an artisanal kraut with craft beer and it is so stupid good. I have found it at Wal-Mart before in a jar, also at Publix in the cold section in a bag. You probably have it at your local store.
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