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Variations on the Reuben sandwich?

rworange Apr 18, 2009 11:53 AM

Using up some leftover Easter ham, I made a ham Reuben with cheddar cheese. IMO, what makes the Reuben is that thousand island dressing. It is that sweetish note that is the nice compliment to the rye, kraut, meat and cheese.

I know there is the Rachel made with pastrami or turkey rather than corned beef.

A restaurant in my area has a number of different spins on the Reuben … veggie or regular
- Danny’s Almost Reuben: roasted eggplant, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and Swiss grilled on rye
- Horton’s Regulator Reuben: Turkey & eggplant Reuben
Big Mike’s Reuben “Hackney” Style: Pastrami with house Russian dressing, Swiss, jalapenos and sauerkraut

This isn't a fancy restaurant but a real blue collar type deli located next to the water treatment plant. Didn't want to give the impression it was some sort of place putting on airs.

The addition of jalapenos, seemed like a good idea and I tried it with one of my ham Reubens. Either it was a really mild pepper or I didn't add enough. Will give it anoother try someday with more jalapeno.

Here's a little history of the Reuben
http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Sandwiches/ReubenSandwich.htm

It also seemes like there are lots of recipes out there based on the Reuben

First ... how to make a good classic Reuben including the finer points of rye vs pumpernikel and Thousand Island vs. Russian dressing
http://recipes.suite101.com/article.cfm/tips_for_making_a_great_reuben_sandwich

Reuben bread ... this looks fantastic
http://www.cookingbread.com/classes/class_ruben.html

Reuben Soup
http://www.chow.com/recipes/19715

Vegan Reuben
http://domestikgoddess.com/vegan-reuben-corned-beef-thousand-island-dressing/

East Coast Grill Cuban Reuben Recipe ... curtido, brisket, jack cheese, chipotle aioli
http://www.grouprecipes.com/87878/east-coast-grill-cuban-rueben.html

Reuben Casserole
http://brendasbarbecue.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/rueben-casserole-recipe-are-you-kidding-me/

Reuben Mac n Cheese by Raechel Ray
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/reuben-mac-n-cheese-recipe2/index.html

Reuben quiche ... oh my, it involves Cool Whip
http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/reciperumble/lc01.html

Reuben Pizza ... one with Boboli, the other with a homemade rye pizza dough
http://www.sacandco.net/food/recipes/blue-ribbon-rueben-pizza.htm
http://www.city-data.com/forum/recipes/608026-rueben-pizza.html

Reuben Burgers
http://www.alanskitchen.com/SANDWICH/Burgers/01-25/23-Burger_Sandwich_Recipe.htm

Bratwurst Reuben
http://www.kitchenproject.com/german/Bratwurst/BratwurstReuben.htm

Reuben Quesadillas ... that could use jalapenos, but I think rye bread is another critical component, so this might not work
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/156/Rueben-Quesadillas120942.shtml

Mini Reuben Appetizers
http://www.alpinelace.com/recipes/recipeView.cfm?RecipeID=13499

Reuben Loaf
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/beef/rueben-loaf/

Reuben Spam
http://www.household-management.com/cookbook/Rueben-Spam.html

Reuben Dip
http://kidscooking.about.com/od/snack...

I wonder if Chow with all its cocktail recipes could create a Reuben cocktail ... Rye (the booze) with a dash of saurkraut juice with a toothpick spearing a sweet pickle, cubed corned beef and swiss cheese?

So does anyone else have a favorite Reuben recipe or variation?

  1. wolfe Apr 22, 2009 02:08 PM

    I was really relieved to find the ingredients of Cafe Miranda's, Rockland Me., chocolate reuben; Wood fired bananas with cocoa and chilies and pears with chocolate crème anglaise sauce.

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    1. re: wolfe
      rworange Apr 22, 2009 05:18 PM

      Well, yes ... but I wonder what makes them think that qualifies for the name Reuben ... unless the owner of Cafe Miranda IS Reuben ... or it is a favorite of a customer by that name.

      Kind of ticks me off as I just had a kielbasa from a fancy SF meat shop (Cafe Rouge) that had hot peppers in it. What exactly made that a keilbasa in their thought process I'll never know. Had they sold it to me as a Spanish chorizo, I would have been happy.

      There are just SOME basics in a Reuben ... kraut, cheese and Russian Dressing are necessary, IMO. the Cuban Reuben may not have krautt, but it has cabbage with the curtido. Besides, the name rhymes.

    2. jfood Apr 19, 2009 05:13 AM

      STOP THE MADNESS!!!!

      These are not Reubens and should not be included in the list whatsoever.

      Remember the thread about purism. Add this to the list.

      And if you are looking for a Reuben cocktail? After reading the recipe for one of the suggestions it almost appeared in front of jfood.

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      1. re: jfood
        mcsheridan Apr 19, 2009 07:01 AM

        I totally concur, jfood. I even linked to the purist discussion upthread.

        Reuben!

        1. re: jfood
          Veggo Apr 22, 2009 05:51 PM

          Just what I need next:
          To be stopped by the police for D.U.I.R

        2. h
          hankstramm Apr 18, 2009 09:24 PM

          I used to make a really tasty "Tempeh Reuben".

          1. n
            nemo Apr 18, 2009 01:48 PM

            rworange: This is a bit different from your kids cooking recipe.

            Hot Reuben Dip

            8 oz cream cheese
            1/2 up sour cream
            2 T mayonnaise
            2 T Thousand Island dressing*
            1 T ketchup*
            1 T Dijon mustard
            2 tsp finely minced onion
            1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
            1/2 pound, or more, deli corned beef, chopped fine
            1 cup grated Swiss cheese

            Mix all ingredients. Bake at 350 in ungreased 8x8 or 9x9 pan, or two 2-cup ramekins, covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake and additional 5 minutes or until bubbly and browning.

            Serve with rye crackers, rye melba toasts, toasted rye bread points, or party rye.

            Notes:
            I use Heinz chili sauce in place of Thousand Island and ketchup.
            I also use more minced onion, up to a quarter cup.
            I like the two ramekins approach so one can be baking while one is out for eating.
            Don't be shy with the corned beef. Grind it in the food processor.

            I also have a recipe from an old Gourmet magazine for Reuben Bread Pudding. I've only made it once and remember it being a tad dry. Will post if anyone wants to try to tweak it.

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            1. re: nemo
              rworange Apr 18, 2009 02:39 PM

              Thanks for the recipe of what looks like a tasty dip.

              The Gourmet Reuben bread pudding recipe looks like it is online. It has a 1997 date
              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Reuben-Bread-Pudding-14571

              Sargento has its own spin on the bread pudding
              http://www.sargentocheese.com/recipes/1551/havarti-reuben-bread-pudding/

              Then again, there's always the Reuben cheesecake
              http://www.recipegoldmine.com/cakecheesesav/reuben-cheesecake.html

              Sauerkrautrecipes.com had the cheesecake recipe as well as well as a number of other Reuben ideas ... Reuben stromboli, Tempeh Reuben, a better version of a Reuben quiche (no Cool whip, light cream instead), Reuben tostada

              No cocktail Reubens, but there are some alcohlic kraut cocktails ... one with tequila ... so I guess rye ane kraut juice might work.
              http://www.sauerkrautrecipes.com

              1. re: rworange
                n
                nemo Apr 18, 2009 03:07 PM

                rworange

                Yes, that's the exact recipe for the Gourmet Reuben bread pudding that I have. As I said, I remember that it was a bit dry, so everyone be forewarned and proceed accordingly.

                The Reuben cheesecake sounds wonderful, but a 9" is way too huge for my uses. That's why I was happy to find the hot dip. Enough for 6 to 8 people, and a little left over to send home with guests. I've halved a spinach cheesecake recipe, done it in a 7" springform, and it still was too rich and too much even at a potluck. Just a note for your extensive and valuable research.

                Love this thread! Another good one!

            2. b
              bear Apr 18, 2009 01:11 PM

              Here's another version of the reuben loaf. It is quite delicious.

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...

              1. g
                gordeaux Apr 18, 2009 01:00 PM

                >>what makes the Rueben is that thousand Island dressing. It is that sweetish note that is the nice compliment to the rye, kraut, meat and cheese.<<

                While I agree with you here, I tend to disagree with straying from the original foundation. Gotta be swiss for me. These days, tho, I usually get roasted turkey in favor of the corned beef - since good corned beef is so tough to come by. Real roasted turkey (no, not turkey loaf stuff, thank you) makes my cardiologist a little bit happier - cuz well, a good rueben sammich once or twice a month is something I just won't be giving up..EVER.

                1. mcsheridan Apr 18, 2009 12:37 PM

                  Reuben...Reuben...Reuben...Reuben! :)

                  No variations...just Reuben. Kick me for an Taxonomy freak.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6094...

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                  1. re: mcsheridan
                    rworange Apr 18, 2009 01:31 PM

                    What?

                  2. wolfe Apr 18, 2009 12:20 PM

                    How about lobster reubens?
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/314297?tag=search_results;results_list
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6123...

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