Reuben sandwich is an absolute favorite for parties and weeknight dinners. This reuben sandwich recipe is easy with tips and step by step to make it perfect. Hands down, it is the best way to use leftover corned beef .
Wonder how to make a delicious corned beef, here is a slow cooker corned beef recipe.
My best Reuben sandwich recipe is one that is loaded with sauce, cheese, and warm sauerkraut in perfectly buttered rye bread. If this is you then you’ll be pleased with this recipe. Honestly, I think hubby and I would be the happiest couple of all the happies out there if I made these everyday for the rest of our married life.
Molten Swiss cheese will absolutely spill out the sides of your sandwich, as will drips of sauce and add to that the salty zesty factor that comes along with the sauerkraut. You’ll get a voice in your head that will say ” this is my moment.. a real yum moment.”
Reuben Sandwich FAQs
What sauce to use in a Reuben sandwich?
Well, many people use the thousand island, others prefer to use Russian sauce. I like to use my own homemade one. You know I am crazy about this homemade sauce and I use it now on, in and above every sandwich I made. The point is all the ingredients are there in the fridge I just pull them out and make a batch, easier and quicker than going to the store to buy a whole bottle of whatever sauce I need.
What side dish goes with a Reuben sandwich?
You can serve this sandwich with potato salad, dill pickles, chips, and coleslaw. But seriously it is very satisfying on its own.
Is a Reuben made with pastrami or corned beef?
Some people do not have a preference, others say that corned beef is the one. you’ll find people saying pastrami just makes it tastier while others may say a Reuben sandwich made with pastrami is just a pastrami sandwich and lacks authenticity. So it depends on you and what you prefer to have in a Reuben sandwich.
Reuben sandwich step by step:
- Spread sauce generously over one slice of bread.
- Top that with a slice of Swiss cheese.
- Then another two slices of corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese and finally another bread slice.
- Repeat the process to make 4 of these sandwiches.
- In a cast iron or non stick skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter then place the sandwiches.
- When they are golden and crunchy, flip them over to the other side. If you feel it needs more butter then add another tablespoon.
- Repeat to finish the 4 sandwiches. And that’s it, easy and quick dinner/lunch idea.
Wait till you get a bite of this, so addicting and so delicious 😋. I loved mine super crunchy took me about 4-5 minutes on each side. For the no-crunch kids I have, just 1-2 minutes was enough.
A final note though: most people make their Reuben sandwiches by buttering the bread first. Personally. I’ve found that this way uses more butter than necessary and messy. If this is your thing then for sure go ahead.
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Reuben Sandwich Recipe
Reuben sandwich recipe is one of our most requested recipes. Melted swiss cheese, loads of sauce, salty sauerkraut and corned beef all perfectly combined.
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter.
- 8 slices of rye bread.
- 8 slices Swiss cheese.
- 1/2 cup Big Mac sauce or thousand island dressing.
- 8 slices 12-16 oz sliced corned beef.
- 1 cup sauerkraut squeezed dry and warmed in the microwave.
Spread 4 slices of bread each with almost 2 Tablespoons of sauce and add 1 slice of cheese on top.
Add two slices of corned beef then top that with another slice of cheese.
Place another slice of bread on top to make a total of 4 sandwiches.
Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat and melt 1 Tablespoon of butter, swirl to coat.
Cook two sandwiches until golden brown and crisp.
Flip the sandwiches and cook on the other side, add more butter if needed.
Repeat with the other two sandwiches and cook on both sides until cheese melts and bread is crisp and golden
Serve with additional dressing and pickles.
Nutrition facts does not include the sauce. For details about my sauce, check out my recipe here.