The Reuben sandwich is a classic American sandwich that originated in the early 1900s. It typically consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, served on rye bread. While its exact origins are debated, the sandwich is said to have been invented by a New York City deli owner named Arnold Reuben.
To make a Reuben sandwich, you will need the following ingredients:
8 slices of rye bread
1 lb corned beef, thinly sliced
8 slices of Swiss cheese
1 cup sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
1/2 cup Russian dressing
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
If you have any allergies or dietary concerns, be sure to choose ingredients that are safe for you to consume. Additionally, if you prefer a lower calorie or healthier version of the sandwich, you can opt for a leaner cut of corned beef, use low-fat Swiss cheese, or skip the butter altogether.
For kitchen equipment, you will need a large skillet, a spatula, and a sandwich press or a heavy pan. If you do not have a sandwich press, you can use a heavy pan to press down on the sandwich as it cooks.
To prepare the sandwich, start by spreading a thin layer of Russian dressing on each slice of rye bread. Then, top four of the slices with a slice of Swiss cheese, followed by a generous amount of corned beef and sauerkraut. Top each sandwich with another slice of Swiss cheese and a slice of rye bread.
Spread a thin layer of butter on the outside of each sandwich. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the sandwiches. Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.
If you prefer a spicier version of the sandwich, you can add some hot sauce or spicy mustard to the Russian dressing. Alternatively, if you have a sensitivity to spicy foods, you can omit these ingredients.
As for the calorie intake, one Reuben sandwich typically contains around 550-700 calories, depending on the size and ingredients used. If you are watching your calorie intake, you can opt for a smaller portion or make a few substitutions to lower the calorie count.
Here are some ingredient and equipment options available on Amazon:
Rye bread: https://www.amazon.com/Mestemacher-Organic-Whole-Rye-Bread/dp/B08B84W8SN
Corned beef: https://www.amazon.com/Hormel-Corned-Beef-12/dp/B01B5D84DA
Swiss cheese: https://www.amazon.com/Tillamook-Sliced-Swiss-Cheese-Pack/dp/B07PN5W5K6
Russian dressing: https://www.amazon.com/Kraft-Russian-Dressing-16/dp/B00DGDTR1M
Sandwich press: https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Sandwich-Stainless-25430/dp/B00ALDPXE4
Enjoy your delicious Reuben sandwich!