Monday, October 24, 2011

Reuben Sandwiches

It seems a little weird to post sandwich recipes (I know I’ve done it before) because sandwiches are flexible and easy to make. These are also easy, but man, so worth posting a recipe. Even if you don’t like big hunks of meat (like me), you may want to give these sandwiches a shot. They are classic deli style and wonderful. And make the Russian dressing. It’s just not the same with thousand island.

Reuben Sandwiches from Lobel’s Meat Bible:

Serves 2

½ lb. thinly sliced corned beef, at room temperature
3 Tb. corned beef cooking liquid
4 slices Jewish-style rye bread
4 Tb. Russian dressing, plus more for serving (recipe follows)
3 oz. good quality Swiss cheese, thinly sliced, at room temperature
1 c. sauerkraut, drained and blotted dry, at room temperature
4 Tb. unsalted butter

Russian Dressing:

Makes about 2/3 c.

½ c. mayonnaise
¼ c. chili sauce or ketchup
½ tsp. prepared horseradish
½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tb. minced red onion
1 Tb. minced dill pickle

Moisten and heat up meat if you are making the sandwiches later than right after the beef is done. You can do this in the oven or the microwave if you’re sando craving is killing you.

Smear one side of each bread slice with 1 tablespoon of the Russian dressing. Dive the cheese between two of the slices. Neatly top each portion of cheese with half of the hot corned beef, followed by half of the sauerkraut, distributing them just to the edges of the bread. Top with the two remaining slices of dressed bread.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in an 8-10” heavy skillet over medium-low heat. When the foam subsides, add the sandwiches, cheese-side down, and weight them regularly with the back of a spatula. You want to compact the sandwich without crushing it. Cook gently until the first side is a rich golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
Remove the sandwiches to a plate and melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Return the sandwiches to the skillet and cook the second side, without weighting them, until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Flip the sandwich back and forth a few more times to completely melt the cheese without burning the toast, if necessary. This also crisps the first side, which can get soft. Cut the sandwiches in half with a sharp knife. Serve with more Russian dressing on the side, if desired.

And a pickle! You need to have a pickle. These are SO (!) good! Kirst is a meat fan and I think she went to meat sandwich heaven.   

1 comment:

Amy Marie said...

True story: I have never had a Reuben, ever. My only experience with corned beef as a child was on St. Patrick's Day when we always had corned beef and cabbage, and I always thought it was gross. So a Reuben never appealed to me. I think I need to give it a try!

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