The Ridiculous Rueben

IMG_2214So I made this sandwich the other day and just haven’t had time to post it so here it is lol! Once upon a time, there was a husband who loved rueben sandwiches. He would order them where ever he went but was always disappointed in the restaurants version due to either too much meat or just horrible product quality. He longed for a rueben that had delicious crispy rye bread, melty swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, and properly cooked corned beef. Whenever we would visit his “aunt in law” she would make them how he liked, but she lived 8 hours away. Thus the poor husband barely ever got delicious rueben sandwiches and thought there would be no end to his sandwich torment. Now, in comes wifey to save the day!! Making a delicious and easy rueben that is 100% husband approved ending the lack of delicious rueben sandwiches in his life. If you didn’t already guess, that story was about my husband.. Im that wifey who ended the “rueben drought”.

For those of you who don’t know what a rueben is.. boy are you missing out. Its Rye bread, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and corned beef made melty and crispy on a griddle or pan. Sounds kinda weird but its completely delish. The part about my aunt always making them for us is true, whenever we visit she always makes them and I got tired of Hubby complaining that he had to wait till our next visit north to get his hands on his favorite sandwich, I decided to make it for him myself. It was a complete success. We were so excited to eat our sandwiches that I really didnt take as many pictures as I should have, but I did take some. Luckily, this sandwich is easy enough it shouldn’t be an issue. Here are the ingredients.

  • 1 package of corned beef (mine was 3.6 lbs)
  •  half lb swiss cheese
  • a loaf of rye bread
  • thousand island dressing or russian
  • jar of regular sauerkraut
  • butter IMG_2209

So its very simple. Open up your corned beef and dump the contents into a large pot, add seasoning on top and fill with water till it completely covers your corned beef. Turn the heat on high and get that bad boy up to a boil. Once it starts to boil, turn the temperature down to a simmer and put a lid on it. You are going to let it just do its thing for a bit. For mine, I simmered the 3.6lbs of meat for 3 hours and it was perfect. There should be instructions on the package and usually they are sold about that save give or take a few ounces. You will know when its done when you kinda pull at it a little with a fork and it starts to practically fall apart. At this point all you have to do it remove it from the water and put it on a platter to cool down for a bit before you start to cut into it. I seriously love how the whole house will smell of delicious corned beef, its literally soo good!!

After letting it sit for a bit, (I leave mine or about 1 1/2 – 2hours). You want to get a very sharp knife to cut it. Cut the meat into small steps AGAINST THE GRAIN. If you cut along it, the meat will be tough to chew.


Now that you have it all cut up. Time to assemble your sandwich. If you are doing this on a griddle, start warming that up, but don’t think you need to make them on a griddle you can cook them all one by one in just a regular pan. Assemble them as such: Rye bread, a smear of thousand island, swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut (that you’ve drained liquid from so it doesn’t make the bread soggy), swiss, and top with another slice of rye that has thousand island on it. Coat the top outside layer of rye with butter like you would when making grilled cheese. Once your griddle is hot, place all your sandwiches butter side down and let them do their thing till they brown about 4-5 minutes. Butter the new top outside piece of rye while it cooks and flip once the bottom piece it browned. Cook another 4-5 minutes until browned and cheese has melted. Your done!!

IMG_2214These literally came out beautiful and were soo good. This is enough for about 6 sandwiches. I started off making 4. We each had 1 for dinner and 1 the next day for lunch! Between mouthfuls hubby told me how good it was and it was just like my aunts that he loves so much. I think this is a simple sandwich and there really isn’t anything you need to add to it. Try it and I’m sure you’ll agree that the flavor truly speaks for itself. Enjoy!


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