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Reuben Sandwich Recipe

A Reuben Sandwich is one of my family’s fix-it-quick favorites. They are really delicious and easy to make. I like to serve them with big bowls of steaming vegetable soup and dill pickles on the side.

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 sandwiches

What Is a Reuben Sandwich?
A Reuben is a grilled sandwich featuring corned beef on rye bread. The Reuben is a menu staple in Jewish-style delicatessens, but it’s not technically kosher because it combines meat and cheese.

What Is On a Reuben?
A traditional Reuben sandwich consists of thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread slathered with Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

How to Make a Reuben

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Reuben sandwiches at home:

1. Spread the dressing on one side of each slice of bread.
2. Assemble the sandwiches. Butter the top of each sandwich.
3. Place the sandwich butter-side down on the hot skillet or griddle.
4. Butter the other side. Flip when the bottom slice is golden brown.
5. Grill until both sides are golden brown.

How to Serve Reuben Sandwiches
Pair your Reuben with a pickle, potato chips, French fries, or one of these classic deli sides:

· Pasta Salad
· Coleslaw
· Tomato Soup


8 slices rye bread

½ cup Thousand Island dressing

8 slices Swiss cheese

8 slices deli sliced corned beef

1 cup sauerkraut, drained

2 tablespoons butter, softened


Preheat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat.

Spread one side of bread slices evenly with Thousand Island dressing. On four bread slices, layer one slice of Swiss cheese, 2 slices of corned beef, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, and a second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, dressing side down. Butter the top of each sandwich.

Place sandwiches, butter-side down on the preheated griddle; butter the top of each sandwich with the remaining butter. Grill until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Serve hot.

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