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Reuben Sandwiches with Spicy Sriracha Thousand Island

The Reuben Sandwich, made even better with a Spicy Sriracha Thousand Island dressing. Can be served as Mini Reubens, too!

The Reuben Sandwich, made even better with a Spicy Sriracha Thousand Island dressing. Can be served as Mini Reubens, too!

Oh, you Reuben Sandwich, you. Always enticing me on every menu, convincing me that you’re the better choice than that salad I should be ordering.

Although my Reuben sandwich is really part Reuben, part Rachel. A Rachel sandwich is just like a Reuben but uses pastrami in place of corned beef and coleslaw for the sauerkraut. I like to use pastrami and sauerkraut, making my version more of a…Reubel? A Raben? How about I just call it Awesome :)

I spied some cocktail Rye bread at The Fresh Market the other day and snatched it up. I don’t make sandwiches at home very often but I just can’t resist tiny slices of bread topped with pastrami, kraut, and swiss…not to mention a spicy Thousand Island! I made a homemade dressing and just spiced it up with Sriracha. I did skip adding the finely diced egg to my dressing, I just couldn’t be bothered this time (that’s a common addition to Thousand Island dressing). Don’t skip the dill pickle relish, though…it’s a must.

These little beauties are always so quick to go at holiday parties (I’m usually the one who can’t walk away from the tray). I love serving them because 1, everyone loves them, 2, it’s easy to churn out a lot of them at once and 3, they’re more of a “meal” type appetizer and I don’t like anyone leaving my house without a full stomach! They’re also delicious at room temperature so there’s no need to stress out if they do sit for a short time.

I didn’t put amounts in this Reuben Sandwich recipe because people seem to be very particular about their Reubens…I like mine with a lot of kraut while others like to pile on the meat and cheese. I typically buy a pound of meat (I usually choose pastrami), a small bag of Boar’s Head sauerkraut (and still usually have extra) and a pound of baby swiss at the deli counter plus one package of cocktail rye bread (or a loaf of regular rye if I’m not making the Mini Reubens). Adjust the amounts according to how you like to make your Reuben Sandwich!

The Reuben Sandwich is so much better made at home - especially with a Spicy Sriracha Thousand Island Dressing. Make them mini and/or open-faced, too!

Reuben Sandwich with Spicy Sriracha Thousand Island

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Ingredients

  • Rye Bread
  • Good-quality Pastrami or Corned Beef, from your local deli
  • Sauerkraut, homemade or the Boar's Head brand is good
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Sriracha Thousand Island Dressing
  • Butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Butter one side of rye bread then spread the other side with Sriracha Thousand Island Dressing. Top with pastrami, sauerkraut and swiss cheese. Top with another buttered piece of rye bread then grill until browned on both sides and cheese is melted.
  2. For Mini-Reubens: Preheat broiler on low and place empty sheet pan in oven to preheat. Lightly butter one side of rye bread. Carefully remove hot pan from oven and place rye bread, buttered side down, onto pan. Top with dressing then pastrami, sauerkraut and swiss cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, about 5-8 minutes. Serve immediately (although they still taste delicious at room temperature).
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Carol Borchardt

Sunday 15th of March 2015

We love Reubens for a quick, simple dinner. My husband is going to be so excited when I make them with the Sriracha thousand island. Sounds sooooo good!

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 20th of March 2015

Awesome! Thanks, Carol :) I hope he loves it!

Susan@LunaCafe

Sunday 25th of January 2015

I LOVE a good Reuben. Or should I say, Rachel, since I always order it with pastrami? But I've never made one at home. Not sure why not actually. You've converted me. Definitely going to try your version. :-)

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

I'm so glad, Susan! Thanks for the comment :)

Shinee

Saturday 24th of January 2015

My husband loves corned beef, and Rueben! I can;t wait to make this for him. Sriracha Thousand Island dressing sounds awesome!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

Thanks so much, Shinee! :)

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Saturday 24th of January 2015

Kristy, my husband loves reubens and I have no doubt he'd fall head over heels over this recipe. Must. Make. Soon

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

Oh, I hope he enjoys them!! Thanks, Melanie :)

kita

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Is it wrong that I want to take a bite out of every single one of those. Love the rye bread from the market, it looks perfect for this.

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

It's so not wrong, kita, because I pretty much did just that ;-) It's hard not to love a Reuben!

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