A recipe for a classic New York-Style reuben sandwich recipe with sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. Yum!
For Lunch, my family and I decided that we would have some reuben sandwiches. Yummo! Right? We don’t eat this on a weekly basis, or a monthly basis, for that matter; we just eat it once in a blue moon. This reuben sandwich recipe definitely hits the spot, though!
When we do have Reuben Sandwiches, they are to die for! Below is the New York-style reuben sandwich recipe. I really don’t remember where this recipe came from (it was from an old cookbook I’ve since lost with moving), but it’s a really good recipe.
How to Make Reuben Sandwiches
There are two main components of this New York-Style reuben sandwich recipe: the homemade thousand island dressing, and the reuben sandwich itself. This gloriously meaty New York kosher deli sandwich is heavenly.
The recipe makes enough dressing for several sandwiches (it will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week if you omit the hard-boiled eggs.
The sandwich portion of this recipe makes enough for one Reuben Sandwich– feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe… It’s infinitely adaptable and not exacting when it comes to the measurements.
Ingredients for Reuben Sandwiches:
Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:
- Mayonnaise – the base for this dressing. We like Hellman’s or Duke’s brands around here, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
- Chili sauce – whatever you have on hand. I like sriracha, but this is entirely optional to add.
- Sour cream – this adds that nice signature sourness to this dressing
- Minced pimiento – also known as red bell pepper. This is for added flavor and texture.
- Minced scallion – this adds that nice oniony flavor without being too much.
- Minced green bell pepper – for some added crunch and flavor.
- Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped – these add nice texture to the dressing, but they’re optional.
The Reuben Sandwich
- Dark rye bread – the fresher the better. There is no substitute for this if you want to keep it authentic, but if you do prefer another kind of bread, feel free to use that instead.
- Melted butter – to add some nice flavor and to help get the bread crusty.
- Swiss cheese – feel free to use another mild-tasting cheese; I would steer clear of cheddar, though.
- Kosher-style corned beef brisket – this is the backbone of this sandwich. The best quality you can afford is recommended.
- Drained sauerkraut – you’ll need this to mix with some of the prepared thousand island dressing from above. I know, an unusual combo, but it just works!
How to Prepare the Reuben Sandwich Recipe
There’s not much to this reuben recipe in terms of difficulty.
First, you’ll need to mix all the ingredients for the thousand island dressing in a large bowl, and set it aside. If you’re planning on keeping this dressing for about a week, I would simply omit the hard-boiled eggs.
After that, it’s all about making the reuben sandwich. Butter some bread, flip the bread over, then start laying on the cheese, corned beef brisket, and then cook the sandwich on medium heat until crusty and the cheese is melty. That’s literally all she wrote!