And no, we didn’t make our own sauerkraut even though it’s probably very easy to make. Sauerkraut is available from the Polish delis not far from us.
The first of T’s Reuben sandwiches that I tasted were made with store-bought rye bread. And I was amazed, really amazed. The sandwich contains two things I’m not wild about: sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. But when combined with the other ingredients to make a Reuben sandwich, they are delicious!
And when the Reuben sandwich is made with homemade rye bread instead of storebought, Reuben sandwiches are sublime.
Even though a real Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef, we used some good smoky ham made by one of the Polish butchers in our neighbourhood. (Hmmm, I bet he makes corned beef too….)
Okay, so our sandwiches were quasi-Reuben sandwiches. Rest assured; whatever they are called, they were fabulous. (click on image for larger view and more photos)
Quasi Reuben Sandwich
- 2 slices caraway rye bread
- smoked ham
- Thousand Island dressing
- Swiss cheese
- Fry ham in butter in a non-stick pan.
- Slather the bread with Thousand Island dressing (mayonnaise, pickle relish and ketchup) and cover one slice generously with thinly sliced Swiss cheese.
- Add a good shot of sauerkraut.
- Add the ham and close the sandwich.
- Melt a bit more butter in the pan; place sandwich in pan.
- Cover the pan and cook til golden on one side. Remove from pan and set aside as you add a little more butter to the pan.
- Place the sandwich (uncooked side down) gently back in the pan and cook til golden on the other side. Admire the beauty but don’t forget to cover the pan til the sandwich is done.
- Cut in half and serve immediately.
There is only one thing wrong with Reuben sandwiches. They taste like more. And here I thought we would have difficulty finishing two large loaves of rye bread… I’ll be making my second attempt at caraway rye bread very soon.
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