Reuben Sandwich

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015        In: In the Kitchen, Recipes        With: One comment

There is more than one version of the origins of the Reuben sandwich.  Perhaps it was Reuben Kulakofsky a grocer in Omaha, Nebraska that invented the sandwich for his poker buddies.  “The Committee” as they called themselves met weekly at the Blackstone Hotel.  The hotel’s owner, Charles Schimmel added the sandwich to his lunch menu, and later a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe.


German immigrant Arnold Reuben might have created the sandwich in his Reuben’s Delicatessen in New York City.  It seems that the earliest references to the Reuben sandwich come from New York City, but who knows.  (Information from Wikipedia)

What I do know is that Ever-Lovin’ and I are big fans of Reuben sandwiches.  We like them.  We love them.

Says I to myself, “I bet we could make a Reuben sandwich.”  So we did.

Here is how we do it.

Reuben sandwich

Cast of ingredients:  Corned Beef, Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut (We buy ours at Kuby’s, but any you like will do.), Thousand Island Dressing, Rye bread and butter (Not shown).

Disclaimer:  It is not a perfect world.  We did not have rye bread tonight, so we had to make do with a delicious whole grain bread.  Rye is better, but the sandwich was still delicious.

Reuben sandwich

ALSO – On this evening, we discovered that there was not much Thousand Island dressing left in the bottle, SO we did not put a smear of dressing on the bread as we usually do.

Step one:  It is much better to spread a layer of the dressing on the bread, but…

Step two:  Put a layer of Swiss cheese on the bread.

Reuben sandwich

Step three:  Pile on the corned beef.  Use as much as you like.  Let me tell you a little secret about how I order meat at the deli.  I tell them how many slices I need rather than how many pounds I want.  It works very well, and we waste less meat that way.  I buy just enough for a couple of sandwiches.

Reuben sandwich

Step four:  Next comes the sauerkraut.  Yummy!  The sauerkraut makes the sandwich, and Kuby’s kraut is fantastic.

Reuben sandwich

Step five:  Thousand Island dressing is poured over the sauerkraut.

Reuben sandwich

Step six:  Add one more layer of Swiss cheese.

Sweet Mother of Pearl.  All these goodies look good piled on the bread, but just wait until they are melted together.

Reuben sandwich

Step seven:  On the outside of the sandwich, butter the slices of bread.  Place the sandwich on a grill.  I have a Panini press, but have used a skillet to grill a sandwich many times.

Reuben sandwich

Be still my heart.  This is so delicious and easy to do.  The bread is toasted.  The cheese is melted through the corned beef and sauerkraut, and the Thousand Island dressing provides just the right flavoring.  Life is good.

A good blogger would have remembered to cut the sandwich in half and take a picture of all the melted goodness, but….

I guess we were ready to eat at this point, and eat we did.

Blessings to you and yours,

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In the recipe below, the instructions are for two sandwiches, but you can adjust the recipe for how many sandwiches you need to make.  Use as much of each ingredient as you prefer.  Make the sandwich like you like it.



Reuben Sandwich

By Lana Published: February 16, 2015

  • Yield: 2 sandwiches (2 Servings)
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 or less mins
  • Ready In: 10 mins

Rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing combine to make a delicious grilled sandwich.



  1. Spread Thousand Island dressing on one side of each piece of bread.
  2. On one slice of bread, layer Swiss cheese, Corned beef, Sauerkraut, Thousand island dressing, and another layer of Swiss cheese.
  3. Top with a second slice of bread to create the sandwich..
  4. Repeat the above steps to make the second sandwich.
  5. Spread butter on both sides of the outside of each sandwich.
  6. Grill the sandwiches in a Panini press or in a hot skillet until the cheese is melted, and the bread is toasted on both sides.
  7. Enjoy!
One Response
  • Marsha on February 16, 2015

    Love your secret about buying deli meat by how many slices you want. Did you learn that when you lived in Germany? That’s where I learned it. Great blog, Lana.

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