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Classic Reuben

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Let's try a classic deli sandwich. One that can be made and enjoyed at home. Reubens are a deli sandwich favorite. While the calorie count is a bit on the high side, the taste is beyond compare. This should be a once-in-a-while treat.

The homemade Russian dressing for this sandwich sets it apart from the ordinary fare.

Classic Reuben

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (light mayonnaise works well)
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons bread-and-butter pickles, finely chopped
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) lean deli-sliced corned beef
  • 8 slices hearty rye bread
  • 8 slices (8 ounces) Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut, well-drained
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

Russian dressing

  1. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, chili sauce/ketchup and chopped pickles. Set aside.


  1. In a preheated skillet, cook corned beef until heated, not browned, about 1 minute. Remove from heat but leave in pan to keep warm.
  2. Using a flat surface, spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon Russian dressing.
  3. Place one slice of Swiss cheese on 4 slices of bread.
  4. Top with 1/4 of corned beef, 1/4 of sauerkraut and 1 additional slice of Swiss cheese.
  5. Top with remaining bread slices, dressing side down.
  6. Spread outside of each sandwich with 2 tablespoons butter.
  7. Over medium-low heat, cook sandwiches until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip and brown second side. Caution: cook slowly so cheese melts but bread does not burn.
  8. Cut in half and serve with extra dressing on the side.

Serves 4.




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