Leftover Corned Beef- Make A Reuben Sandwich
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. 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. The earliest references in print to the sandwich are New York–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 thousand island dressing was simple”
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.
Look at that bread!!! I could bathe in that sandwich. 😉
Ha, LOL, thanks Em. I love that bread.
Exactly what we’re having tonight! One of our favorite sandwiches…yours looks divine!
It’s the best. Love a Reuben sandwich, thanks Pat.
Love your dressing Suzanne. .. I live sandwiches and this dressing sounds light and perfect…. 🙂
The dressing is really good, I appreciate the kind comment, I know you are vegetarian and appreciate so much your kind words.
Suzanne, that is one gorgeous sandwich! I enjoyed the fun trivia too. Post St Patrick’s Day hugs
Same to you Teagan, I never knew the history of the Reuben. LOL!
Great post, Suzanne! One of my all-time favorite sandwiches!! Only I prefer cole slaw instead of sauerkraut. 💜💙💚 I’ll have to try your homemade dressing . . . YUM!!
Thanks and I love the idea of adding cole slaw!!!
Thanks so much Michelle!
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
One Reuben (Roobs) hold the swiss. You got it and I dedicate this to sweet Roobs. Hugs my friend.
Ah, what a fabulous looking sandwich Suzanne! You’ve got me seriously thinking about what to have for lunch now! 🙂
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.
My son-in-law would love this! It looks great.
It’s a really good sandwich, thanks so much. Congratulations again on the beautiful baby!!
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.
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.
I absolutely love Reuben Sandwhiches and yours looks fantastic. Too bad I don’t have any of the ingredients for tonight
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.
Oh yea!!! Love corned beef, especially on a sandwich piled high. Oh that looks really delicious Suzanne!! I could eat that sandwich right now!! 🙂
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.
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!
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!!
That’s true – no food bloggers in those day. 😉
LOL, thats right no bloggers, no tweets or instagram or Facebook. LOL, pony express I think thats about it.
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!
Well it’s not here for sure, love corned beef and it’s not exactly budget friendly. Thanks Cheryl!!
Ha, Suzanne! I love the trivia about the genesis of the Reuben sandwich! Excellent research! And of course, your Rueben looks very yummy! 🙂
Thanks Stefano, thought it would be interesting. The sandwich was good!!
That is one good looking (and licking!) Reuben sandwich! 🙂
Thanks for all the historical info. Very interesting!
Thanks so much Ronit!
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 🙂
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.
I’m so hungry now!!!
OMG, this looks sooooooooooo good! Extra kraut on the side, please!
Yes to the extra kraut!!
Mmm I want grab it ! So does the baby inside me… 😀 !
You’re having a baby!!!Congratulations. Thank you.
Yeah, the 3rd but all above… The LAST ! ^^ (I’m exhausted !)
How wonderful, you will have two very close in age only a bit ove a year apart right? It is wonderful and congratulations.
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 🙂
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.
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. 😉
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.
Ok, how is that possible that I don’t know absolutely anything about this sandwich after all these years in the U.S.? 😠 It’s gorgeous and looks super yummy, Suzanne! Is it easy to find it in any NY deli?
Yes you can find a Reuben in just about any deli. They really are amazing sandwiches and you have to try one. Thanks Francesca.
That sandwich sounds just about perfect Suzanne 😊
It’s a really good sandwich. Thank you!!
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
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.
Sandwich is one of my comfort food.. Quick and filling food. Crispy texture s inviting
A sandwich is great comfort food. Thank you so much.
This looks so freaking good. I love reubens!! Great post-St. Patrick’s Day idea!
Thank you so much!
I love reuben sandwiches–your photo is making me hungry! 🙂
Thanks Nancy, Reuben sandwiches are really good!!
I like sandwiches and this dressing sounds perfect and delicious 🙂
Thank you so much!
Yours looks good. I ate one last week that was terrible! But this looks like all the right everything. Making me hungry.
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.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! The perfect sandwich!
Thanks so much Cindy!
I am so hungry waiting to meet my family for lunch, I could down that thing right now. LOL.
Thank you so much, I wish I had another one. It really is one of my all time favorite sandwiches.
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
I don’t eat that much meat, but love this sandwich. It’s warm and buttery and cheesy oh it’s good. Thanks Sophie.
🙂 Good night! x
I haven’t eaten lunch yet and your posts are making my stomach grumble. I love the grill marks on your sandwich. YUMMM.
Thanks so much Patty, I haven’t seen you in a while hope all is well.
Thanks, Suzanne! Things are well and busy! 😄
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!
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.