Stacked with smoked corned beef, melty Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, and rich Thousand Island dressing, the Sourdough Reuben Sandwich is to die for!
Wow! Does this sandwich get a big YES!!! when I make it!
Sourdough Reuben Sandwich
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- 6-8 ounces leftover corned beef sliced
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- ¼ cup sauerkraut
- Thousand Island Dressing
- Generously butter two slices of sourdough bread.
- Grill the bread on one side in a skillet on medium heat.
- Generously drizzle Thousand Island Dressing on the non-grilled sides of the sourdough bread.
- Then, in a skillet on medium heat warm up the leftover corned beef slices from your Smoked Corned Beef. Sear it until it has a lovely slightly crispy caramelized appearance.
- Then place one slice of sourdough bread toasted side down on a foil-wrapped toaster oven baking sheet. Top with the pan-seared Smoked Corned Beef.
- Next, top the Smoked Corned Beef with well-drained sauerkraut.
- Cover the sauerkraut with three slices of Swiss cheese.
- Broil in a toaster oven (or regular oven) on high until the cheese melts.
- When the cheese is melted and bubbly, remove the sandwich from the oven.
- Top the hot sandwich with the second slice of grilled sourdough drizzled with Thousand Island Dressing and serve hot.
St. Patrick’s Day is over, and you likely have some leftover corned beef. Did you love my Smoked Corned Beef with Irish Whiskey Sauce? Isn’t that a fantastic way to prepare corned beef? Wait until you try this sandwich I make with the leftovers! Smoked Corned Beef makes the most amazing Reuben sandwich ever.
My family prefers sourdough bread over rye bread for Reuben sandwiches. I found a wonderful sourdough bread at Aldi. It has a great sour flavor and chewy texture that holds up well to this monster sandwich.
Where Does the Reuben Sandwich Get Its Name?
Well, it looks like the best we can tell, the sandwich has its origins in either Omaha, Nebraska or New York City.
One theory is that the sandwich is the creation of Reuben Kulakofsky, an Omaha grocer who enjoyed playing poker at the downtown Omaha Blackstone Hotel. The owner of the hotel was so impressed with the sandwich Kulakofsky created for his poker night meal he added it to the hotel restaurant’s menu.
Another theory explaining the existence of the Reuben is that the sandwich was invented by New York City restauranteur Arnold Reuben. He operated Reuben’s Delicatessen and offered the “Reuben Special” around 1914.
Whoever invented the Reuben Sandwich, thank you. A good Reuben will put you in a delightful food coma.
PS: I happen to LOVE sauerkraut! If you do too, check out this article offering 30 different ways to add sauerkraut to your menu!