I wanted to share an oldie but goodie in my house before St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. I realize some of you won’t make my Dublin coddle and will go with the traditional corned beef and cabbage. That’s okay I got something for your leftover corned beef – this beautiful reuben sandwich.
I have been making this so long. I mean, close to 20 years. I still have the original recipe card my wife printed out. It’s nasty too. It has splashes all over it, what I can only guess is Worcestershire sauce and ketchup from the Russian dressing. It doesn’t have a smell though, at least I don’t think so.
So, if you have left over corned beef, use it. If not, just used deli corned beef. I love Boar’s Head’s corned beef. It’s the only one I’ll use, but I just love Boar’s Head. Have the deli shave it thin.
What makes this the best you ask? The Russian Dressing. It’s what makes this sandwich. I know some people just slather Thousand Island on their reubens, but not me. I like to make this dressing about an hour before I start the sandwiches to give the ingredients time to get to know each other.
I also don’t butter my bread. I put a thin coat of mayo on the outside instead. If you’ve never tried this, it makes a really nice, delicate crispiness, different from butter. I do my grilled cheese like that as well.
Here we go!
REUBEN WITH HOMEMADE RUSSIAN DRESSING
For the Russian Dressing:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup Russian Dressing
corned beef thinly sliced
sauerkraut, squeezed of excess moisture
Combine all dressing ingredients well and put in the fridge.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spread mayo on one side of the bread, mayo side down. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, then corned beef. Add 1 tablespoon Russian dressing then another layer of corned beef and swiss cheese. Top with bread, with mayo side up.
Cook in heated pan until golden brown. Flip and repeat. Cut sandwiches in half before serving.
**NOTE: If you can find it, Severne makes an artisanal kraut with craft beer and it is so stupid good. I have found it at Wal-Mart before in a jar, also at Publix in the cold section in a bag. If you can find it, snatch it up.Reuben with Homemade Russian Dressing. Perfect for your leftover corned beef!Click To Tweet