Reubens! - Eat Simple Food Pan Frying Reubens - Eat Simple Food

Reubens – one of my favorite sandwiches and easy to make.  This is a recipe that will make you smile, make you happy, make you realize that all is good and right and make you thank your food (all while licking your fingers).  I imagine this sandwich would be dang tasty for vegetarians if you substituted black bean burgers or quorn for the corned beef.  This recipe tells you how to make your own Thousand Islands dressing, but if you’re not feeling it, go on and buy a bottle from the store.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Sandwich / Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish / German


Ingredient List Sammie:

  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing (see recipe below) or buy some at the store
  • 8 pieces rye bread
  • 1/2 lb corned beef, sliced
  • 8 slices swiss cheese or emmentaler
  • 2 cups cold sauerkraut, drained & squeeze out any excess moisture
  • unsalted butter for the outsides of the bread & for frying

Ingredient List Dressing: – makes ~1 1/4 cup of dressing

  • 1 egg yolk only
  • 3/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/3 cup ketchup


  • If you are making the dressing: mix together the egg yolk, dijon mustard, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper.  Slowly add the safflower oil while mixing vigorously.  When the “mayonnaise” has thickened add the pickle relish and the ketchup.
  • Lay out the bread and butter one side of each slice.  On the other side of the bread, slather on the thousand island dressing.  Layer a couple slices of corned beef, add the sauerkraut and then a slice or two of swiss cheese.  Top with the second piece of bread (buttered sides of bread should be out).
  • Preheat a pan on medium heat (we prefer a cast iron skillet) and add a touch of butter to lightly coat the pan.  When the pan is hot add the sandwiches.  Cook covered for ~ 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown (make sure not to burn your bread).  Dip it in any extra yummy thousand islands.  Happy Eating!  Beckie

TIP: – Want a variation?  Fry an egg and put it in the sandwich as well.  Heck ya!


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Keywords: Reubens, Sammies, Holidays, St Patrick's Day, Octoberfest, Beef, Sauerkraut

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