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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Open Faced Reuben

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is a reuben.  Piled high with corned beef or pastrami and sauerkraut.  Slathered with thousand island dressing.  Topped with a gooey layer of melted swiss cheese.  Heaven on a plate.  I also love the reuben's first cousin - the turkey reuben.  It's marginally better for me, but the margins are pretty slim!  So, when I saw the recipe in The Dish for much lighter open-faced reuben, I thought, "What's the worst that could happen?"  The recipe called for a light slaw instead of the sauerkraut and Dijon mustard instead of thousand island dressing.  Absolutely worth a try.  Instead of the 1/2" thick slices of pastrami called for in the recipe, I used half of a package of thinly sliced pastrami from Trader Joes.  And, since my yellow bell pepper was better suited for the compost bin than the cutting board, I omitted it.  It's now working on creating some lovely soil for our vegetable gardens next year. 

I've got to say that I loved this sandwich.  Would it satisfy a craving for a real reuben?  Not on your life.  But, it is a great sandwich?  Absolutely!  The slaw was quite good and will be used in other recipes.  A make again for sure.

Open-Faced Reuben


for the slaw:1/2 small head of green cabbage, cored and finely shredded

1 1/2 T kosher salt
2 T sugar
2 T cider vinegar
1/2 t Dijon mustard
1/4 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 t poppy seeds

to assemble the sandwich:
1 T Dijon mustard
freshly ground pepper
2 T extra virgin olive oil
4 1/2" thick slices of pastrami
4 slices rye bread
1/4 pound sliced Swiss cheese


for the slaw:
Shred the cabbage. 

Put in a colander or a small bowl and sprinkle it with the salt and sugar.  With your hand, squeeze the cabbage. 

You're trying to crush it to release the liquid.  By doing this, you'll need less dressing.  Really, it works.  Let the cabbage sit for about 10 minutes.  Squeeze it a couple of times during the 10 minutes.  Rinse the cabbage well with cold water and give it one final good squeeze.  Toss it with the rest of the slaw ingredients. 

Set the slaw aside.

to assemble the sandwich:

Brush the bread slices with one tablespoon of the olive oil.  Toast them under the broiler until they're golden.  Top them with the pastrami.  Brush the pastrami with a combination of one tablespoon of Dijon mustard and one tablespoon olive oil. 

Top the pastrami with the Swiss cheese.  Broil until the cheese melts. 

Top with the slaw and serve.

adapted from Food and Wine

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Lizzy said...

I love Reubens, too! This version looks fabulous, Kate!

Island Vittles said...

I love your photo with the slaw piled high on top -- as you say, it looks tasty, even if not a true reuben...Theresa

Thomas Andrew said...

Your making me hungry! I love reubens and I love how your included the photos with this recipe!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Who can resist a sandwich like this?

Anonymous said...

Mmmm - my husband would LOVE this. I personally am a sauerkraut fan, but he loves slaw and I love him so I'll make it this way for him! :-)

Vibey @ Yumbo McGillicutty said...

Oh, man! I haven't had a Reuben since NYC - and that was a few years ago! Bring on the cravings...

The Mom Chef said...

Reubens are probably my favorite sandwich. Yours looks good, but I have to admit that if I'm going to succumb to one, it's going to be the whole hog (or corned beef, as the case may be). :)