Classic Reuben Sandwich

Classic Reuben Sandwich

I am totally having one of those days, you guys. My feet feel like they are stuck to the floor, unable to move. So I stand there and just watch as time carelessly floats by. Ugh, time.

These days are the worst. I have so much to do, so much to do, and my feet are stuck, my hands are tied, my brain is mush. 

So, what would any logical, well-thinking food blogger do? Go antique shopping. Yes, you guys, that's what I did. My camera battery died and my sinuses are so clogged my head feels like it could pop at any second, so, I went antique shopping.

It was either that or cuddle up with a box of cookies and The Bachelor. I decided photo props were a much much better idea. Except that I walked out empty handed. Apparently I was not in a spending mood because everything was too rich for my frugal blood. And $22 for an old used pot? I just couldn't (even though it was exactly what I was looking for).

So what does any logical food blogger do next? Well, I pick up my kid and we go to Home Depot to pick out paint and stains for the 7 double sided wood boards we've built the past two weeks. Did I need more pain and stain? No. But apparently I was on a mission today to buy something. Six colors and two stains later, success!

All of my #firstworldproblems aside, I made you guys a sandwich :) There is nothing new or fancy here, just a classic, delicious Reuben on rye. With simple ingredients, it's all about the execution. 

Classic Reuben Sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Total Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 1 sandwich
Type: St. Patty's Day, Beef, Sandwich, Easy Recipe


2 slices dark Rye bread
4 thin slices corned beef (approximately 8 ounces)
3/4 cup Sauerkraut, drained
1-2 slices swiss cheese
Thousand Island dressing
Butter, for frying


  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is warm, add at least 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and add two slices of bread to the skillet. To one slice of bread add the sliced Swiss cheese. 

  2. Meanwhile, heat a second skillet and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Swirl the butter around and add the corned beef to the skillet. Heat both sides of the corned beef slices until heated through. Push to the side and add the sauerkraut to the pan. Form the Sauerkraut into a lump, flipping once to heat the other side.

  3. Working quickly, transfer the corned beef to the toasting piece of bread without cheese. After flipping, gently place the sauerkraut lump on top of the corned beef and top with a generous heap of Thousand Island dressing. Top with the other slice of rye, cheese side down.

  4. Cut in half and serve immediately.


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