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Rueben Sandwich Help Needed

baccimi Jun 14, 2009 10:51 AM

I want to make rueben sandwiches for dinner tonight and I am stumped. Do you mix the coleslaw mix with the russian dressing or do you put them on seperate? I realized that I have never have made these at home and I can't seem to remember the order! Thanks

  1. todao Jun 14, 2009 01:53 PM

    Here's an alternative that's sure to please:


    1. kchurchill5 Jun 14, 2009 11:07 AM

      Rye bread or Pumpernickle your favorite. I prefer rye. A good thousand island on each inside bread slice, then a slice of swiss cheese, corned beef thin sliced a good helping, sauerkraut and 1 more slice of swiss then top with the bread, butter if you want optional on both sides and grill.

      I have also used cabbage when I didn't have sauerkraut and used it mixed with the thousand Island dressing. Not as good I like that tang. You could always make a slaw with the cabbage with some cider vinegar and herbs but to make it simple I would just add the dressing mixed in. Again, I did put a little extra thousand island on the inside bottom bread, then the cheese, corned beef, cabbage mix, more cheese and bread. Same thing butter if you want and grill.

      To me that is the classic, simple recipe I have made for years. Some people layer it differently but that to me is the best. I have added onions thin sliced red ones top of the corned beef which was really good and even tried apples which were good. But I always go back to the original. Great simple recipe. Hope you enjoy. If someone hates thousand island put on the side but to me it makes the sandwich. I make mini ones the same way for catering all the time and they are a huge hit!!

      A great sandwich. I serve mine with potato planks or a creamy potato and thyme soup which is easy in the blender and served in 20 minutes with dinner. Nothing better. Some fresh fruit and dinner.

      Probably late of the post but have fun and hope they turned out good.

      3 Replies
      1. re: kchurchill5
        baccimi Jun 14, 2009 11:27 AM

        Thanks everyone! I think the coleslaw was what threw me off! I have saurkraut in the pantry so the coleslaw will be for another meal this week! I appreciate everyone's speedy responses~ Sandy

        1. re: baccimi
          weezycom Jun 14, 2009 11:29 AM

          you probably got the reuben confused with a sailor -- same idea, but with coleslaw instead of kraut, and not grilled.

          1. re: weezycom
            kchurchill5 Jun 14, 2009 11:34 AM

            I have made a reuben with coleslaw when no kraut not as good but it does work.

            Turkey, bacon, ham, coleslaw, cheddar cheese bbq sauce, grilled onions and pumpernickel makes another great grilled sandwich

      2. m
        madkittybadkitty Jun 14, 2009 11:04 AM

        i make reubens a lot for the reuben-loving husband.
        they're probably not 100% authentic, but very tasty, and there's no coleslaw mix involved!
        you need
        1. pumpernickel dark rye bread
        2. swiss cheese
        3. corned beef or pastrami
        4. sauerkraut
        5. russian dressing
        6. coarse black pepper
        7. butter

        butter one side of the pumpernickel bread slices (they go on the outside, like a grilled cheese), place swiss cheese on one inner side and the beef on the other. pile some sauerkraut (make sure you drain it) on the cheese, russian dressing, and black pepper. assemble the whole sandwich and grill slowly like a grilled cheese.

        coleslaw mix is great - use it to make coleslaw on the side though. there's NO coleslaw mix in reubens...

        1. corneygirl Jun 14, 2009 10:56 AM

          The rubens I eat usually have sauerkraut, and the dressing is usually on the side. I'd put them on separate at home,

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