Stacked with smoked corned beef, melty Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, and rich Thousand Island dressing, the Sourdough Reuben Sandwich is to die for!
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Wow! Does this sandwich get a big YES!!! when I make it!
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 til 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.
How to Make the Sourdough Reuben Sandwich
As I said, traditionally the Reuben sandwich is served on grilled rye bread. But my family prefers sourdough for Reubens, so I make it with sourdough bread.
Let me know how you like this sandwich!