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Leftover Corned Beef- Make A Reuben Sandwich

Reuben

Reuben

I am sure most of you know what a Reuben Sandwich is, corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island or Russian dressing on rye bread grilled. It’s a decadently delicious sandwich and a fabulous way to use up corned beef. I didn’t have rye bread but I did have a little less than half a loaf left of my sour dough bread, happened to have sauerkraut, made some thousand island dressing, I did run to the deli and get some swiss cheese. I hadn’t had one of these sandwiches in a very long time and it was a real treat. They are delicious. Here is a bit of Reuben trivia straight from wikipedia:

Reuben Kulakofsky: Omaha, Nebraska

One account holds that Reuben Kulakofsky (sometimes spelled Reubin, or the last name shortened to Kay), a Lithuanian-born grocer residing in Omaha, Nebraska, was the inventor perhaps as part of a group effort by members of Kulakofsky’s weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel from around 1920 through 1935. The participants, who nicknamed themselves “the committee”, included the hotel’s owner, Charles Schimmel. The sandwich first gained local fame when Schimmel put it on the Blackstone’s lunch menu, and its fame spread when a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe.ย  In Omaha, March 14 was proclaimed as Reuben Sandwich Day.

Reuben’s Delicatessen: New York City

  • Another account holds that the Reuben’s creator was Arnold Reuben, the German owner of the famed yet defunct Reuben’s Delicatessen in New York City who according to an interview withCraig Claiborne invented the “Reuben special” around 1914.ย  The earliest references in print to the sandwich are New Yorkโ€“based but that is not conclusive evidence, though the fact that the earliest, from a 1926 edition of Theatre Magazine, references a “Reuben special”, does seem to take its cue from Arnold Reuben’s menu.
  • A variation of the above account is related by Bernard Sobel in his book, Broadway Heartbeat: Memoirs of a Press Agent, which claims that the sandwich was an extemporaneous creation forMarjorie Rambeau inaugurated when the famed Broadway actress visited the Reuben’s Delicatessen one night when the cupboards were particularly bare.
  • Some sources name the actress in the above account as Annette Seelos, not Marjorie Rambeau, while noting that the original “Reuben special” sandwich did not contain corned beef or sauerkraut and was not grilled; still other versions give credit to Alfred Scheuing, Reuben’s chef, and say he created the sandwich for Reuben’s son, Arnold Jr., in the 1930s.
The fixings

The fixings

The thousand island dressing was simple”

Mayonaise

ketchup

cornichon minced

2 mustards, dijon and deli (a little of each)

Here is how I make the sandwich. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread some thousand island dressing on each side, now you layer, first swiss cheese, then corned beef, then sauerkraut and then another slice of swiss. Grill one side, flip then grill the other side. I like to press it down a little to flatten kind of like a panini. Serve straight from the grill with some pickles.

 

79 Comments Post a comment
  1. Look at that bread!!! I could bathe in that sandwich. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    March 18, 2015
  2. Pat #

    Exactly what we’re having tonight! One of our favorite sandwiches…yours looks divine!

    March 18, 2015
  3. Love your dressing Suzanne. .. I live sandwiches and this dressing sounds light and perfect…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2015
    • The dressing is really good, I appreciate the kind comment, I know you are vegetarian and appreciate so much your kind words.

      March 18, 2015
  4. talkavino #

    seriously mouthwatering…

    March 18, 2015
  5. Suzanne, that is one gorgeous sandwich! I enjoyed the fun trivia too. Post St Patrick’s Day hugs :mrgreen:

    March 18, 2015
  6. Great post, Suzanne! One of my all-time favorite sandwiches!! Only I prefer cole slaw instead of sauerkraut. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š I’ll have to try your homemade dressing . . . YUM!!

    March 18, 2015
  7. Perfect idea!!

    March 18, 2015
  8. Leave off the Swiss cheese for me Suzanne and I’ll join you. I love my corned beef and as my grandson is Reuben it sounds like it’s made for me.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    March 18, 2015
    • One Reuben (Roobs) hold the swiss. You got it and I dedicate this to sweet Roobs. Hugs my friend.

      March 18, 2015
  9. Ah, what a fabulous looking sandwich Suzanne! You’ve got me seriously thinking about what to have for lunch now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2015
    • It had been years since I made a Reuben, love them. The melty cheese and corned beef and everything else is so delicious. Thanks Margot.

      March 18, 2015
  10. My son-in-law would love this! It looks great.

    March 18, 2015
    • It’s a really good sandwich, thanks so much. Congratulations again on the beautiful baby!!

      March 18, 2015
  11. I’ve only ever heard of this sandwich through blogs. Incidentally, as it was SPD yesterday, the only corned beef I’ve ever seen or tasted was always from a can – usually prepared in Argentina. Which is why I can’t understand why corned beef and cabbage seems to be de rigueur during SPD! I bet it tastes great freshly prepared.

    March 18, 2015
    • It’s absolutely delicious freshly made and corned beef and cabbage is such a great meal. I make it almost every year for SPD. Never tried it from a can, I imagine fresh is definitely better. Thanks Johnny.

      March 18, 2015
  12. I absolutely love Reuben Sandwhiches and yours looks fantastic. Too bad I don’t have any of the ingredients for tonight

    March 18, 2015
    • I rarely if ever have any of the ingredients lucky this time I did because it was so nice enjoying this sandwich, Thank you so much.

      March 18, 2015
  13. Oh yea!!! Love corned beef, especially on a sandwich piled high. Oh that looks really delicious Suzanne!! I could eat that sandwich right now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2015
    • Its funny I have corned beef once a year and never really have enough leftovers, this year was so happy to have leftovers so I could make this sandwich. Kind of like meatloaf, it’s great for dinner but the meatloaf sandwich is amazing, same for the corned beef. Thanks Michael.

      March 18, 2015
  14. Hmm…I wonder which story is true?! Something to ponder while munching away on your delicious sandwich. I love Reuben’s and yours looks phenomenal!

    March 18, 2015
    • They could both be true, Omaha and NYC are a long way away from each other and back in those days there was not the ability to get the word out like now so it’s possible both are true and didn’t know about each other, Me too, love Reubens but it is strange though that both sandwiches have the same ingredients, coincidence maybe not!!

      March 18, 2015
      • That’s true – no food bloggers in those day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        March 18, 2015
      • LOL, thats right no bloggers, no tweets or instagram or Facebook. LOL, pony express I think thats about it.

        March 18, 2015
  15. I just read today that in England corn beef is considered a poor man’s food?! Yes, say whatttttttt!!!! That is what I thought you must be kidding me?! Gimme Corn Beef or Pastrami any day here in USA. Glad you took the time to make a fabulous sandwich for yourself today!

    March 18, 2015
    • Well it’s not here for sure, love corned beef and it’s not exactly budget friendly. Thanks Cheryl!!

      March 19, 2015
  16. Ha, Suzanne! I love the trivia about the genesis of the Reuben sandwich! Excellent research! And of course, your Rueben looks very yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2015
    • Thanks Stefano, thought it would be interesting. The sandwich was good!!

      March 19, 2015
  17. That is one good looking (and licking!) Reuben sandwich! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for all the historical info. Very interesting!

    March 18, 2015
  18. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten a Reuben sandwich, and your recipe and photos make me think I should make that happen pronto ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 19, 2015
    • I could not get a really good photo of the sandwich but did it very quickly, it was delicious though and it had been a while for me also. Thanks Loretta.

      March 19, 2015
  19. Liz #

    I’m so hungry now!!!

    March 19, 2015
  20. OMG, this looks sooooooooooo good! Extra kraut on the side, please!

    March 19, 2015
  21. Mmm I want grab it ! So does the baby inside me… ๐Ÿ˜€ !

    March 19, 2015
    • You’re having a baby!!!Congratulations. Thank you.

      March 19, 2015
      • Yeah, the 3rd but all above… The LAST ! ^^ (I’m exhausted !)

        March 20, 2015
      • How wonderful, you will have two very close in age only a bit ove a year apart right? It is wonderful and congratulations.

        March 20, 2015
  22. And there’s me not even knowing what a Reuben sandwich is! Thanks for your lovely post, with all the history. Not sure about the corned beef, but I’d have everything else, and make it a double portion ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 19, 2015
    • Thanks Ginger, are you vegetarian? If so then no corned beef but I think it would be really good with lots of cheese and sauerkraut.

      March 19, 2015
  23. That sandwich look so good. I have never had a Reuben, looking at your image makes me want to head to NY to sample the real deal at a deli there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    March 20, 2015
    • Thank you, It’s a wonderful sandwich, I recommend using rye bread to give it that authentic flavor I didn’t but instead used my sourdough loaf, it was good but not like the original. Thanks again.

      March 20, 2015
  24. Ok, how is that possible that I don’t know absolutely anything about this sandwich after all these years in the U.S.? ๐Ÿ˜  It’s gorgeous and looks super yummy, Suzanne! Is it easy to find it in any NY deli?

    March 20, 2015
    • Yes you can find a Reuben in just about any deli. They really are amazing sandwiches and you have to try one. Thanks Francesca.

      March 20, 2015
  25. That sandwich sounds just about perfect Suzanne ๐Ÿ˜Š

    March 20, 2015
  26. I am in LOVE with a Ruben sandwich. I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of my favorite sandwiches. I definitely have to try your recipe.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    http://www.purecomplex.com

    March 20, 2015
    • Hi Kay, It’s funny I may have one Reuben sandwich a year sometimes not but they are my favorite sandwich albeit one I eat very rarely, Thank you.

      March 20, 2015
  27. Sandwich is one of my comfort food.. Quick and filling food. Crispy texture s inviting

    March 20, 2015
  28. gourmet.gourmand #

    This looks so freaking good. I love reubens!! Great post-St. Patrick’s Day idea!

    March 20, 2015
  29. I love reuben sandwichesโ€“your photo is making me hungry! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 22, 2015
  30. I like sandwiches and this dressing sounds perfect and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 22, 2015
  31. Yours looks good. I ate one last week that was terrible! But this looks like all the right everything. Making me hungry.

    March 22, 2015
    • I’ve had that happen before, it’s awful. The only thing missing from this sandwich was that I didn’t use rye but it still tasted great. Thank you Sarah.

      March 22, 2015
  32. Now that’s what I’m talking about! The perfect sandwich!

    March 23, 2015
  33. I am so hungry waiting to meet my family for lunch, I could down that thing right now. LOL.

    March 28, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I wish I had another one. It really is one of my all time favorite sandwiches.

      March 28, 2015
  34. Even that i don’t eat beef let alone corned beef, this special sandwich looks spectacular! But I know that my husband Peter would love this! x

    March 30, 2015
    • I don’t eat that much meat, but love this sandwich. It’s warm and buttery and cheesy oh it’s good. Thanks Sophie.

      March 30, 2015
  35. I haven’t eaten lunch yet and your posts are making my stomach grumble. I love the grill marks on your sandwich. YUMMM.

    March 30, 2015
    • Thanks so much Patty, I haven’t seen you in a while hope all is well.

      March 30, 2015
      • Thanks, Suzanne! Things are well and busy! ๐Ÿ˜„

        March 30, 2015
  36. I don’t think I’m a very good wife, Suzanne! My husband loves corned beed and Reuben sandwiches and I totally forgot to make them for St. Patrick’s Day. My parents were leaving that day and it was a chaotic time. He’d love these Reuben sandwiches! I’m not a corned beef or sauerkraut girl, so that’s probably why it wasn’t at the top of my list either! No need to wait until next year though–you’ve inspired me!

    April 4, 2015
    • Oh with all that fantastic meals that come out of your kitchen I think you are a VERY good wife. This Reuben was delicious, I may have one once a year on St Patricks, it’s funny I never really think of the sandwich except on that day. Not sure why as it’s so delicious. Thank you so much.

      April 4, 2015

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