This post is sponsored by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., all opinions are my own.
Imagine yourself biting into a delicious, over-stuffed hot sandwich, loaded with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a delicious spread, sandwiched between perfectly buttery, crispy outside, soft inside, flavorful slices of bread. The flavors hit your tongue, and your tastebuds revel in the harmonious, tantalizing, and saliva producing, succulent, balance of delicious flavors and heartiness. You, my friend, are imagining a Reuben. But today, I am not sharing the classic Reuben, rather a contemporary twist, an update of sorts.
A classic Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich typically composed of corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and some kind of Russian dressing, grilled between slices of Rye bread. It is an American sandwich, and while I read somewhere it is the most commonly served sandwich in hotel restaurants, I would say it is especially popular around St. Patrick’s day when people have leftover corned beef they want to use up.
I love a good sandwich, and in theory, this sandwich sounds awesome to me. Succulent, flavorful, hearty, toasty, everything a good sandwich should be. It is a classic for a reason. But I have never been a fan of rye bread. What I am a fan of is Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
This bread combines the nostalgia of days gone by with the high quality ingredients and taste of the contemporary consumer. This is why I knew it would be perfect for my Reuben Sandwich with a Twist. I wanted a classic and nostalgic flavor combo, with the contemporary, updated twist the Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread offers. This bread uses high protein wheat flour, nonfat milk, real cane sugar, and of course, real butter! It is soft, flavorful, and delicious, which is why it is the perfect sandwich bread.
When you add even more butter, for a toasty, crunchy, grilled sandwich with oozy, melty cheese, flavorful sauerkraut and hearty corned beef, you have a real winner.
Of course, you have to serve this sandwich with a nice dill pickle spear. And the sauce you use can make or break the sandwich as much as the bread can. Now, many people use a shortcut and just spoon on some Thousand Island dressing. But despite loving keeping things simple, I can’t do it. Making your own Russian dressing is simple, and despite being easy, it is also incredibly delicious. So skip the bottled stuff and make your own. You won’t regret it.
Make your fuss free version of this classic deli sandwich, and savor the goodness, right from your own home.
Yields 4 sandwiches
10 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 8 slices Martin’s Old Fashioned Butter Bread
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 lb corned beef brisket, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sauerkraut (more if desired)
- 1/4 cup Russian Dressing (recipe below)
- Pickle spears for garnish
- 1/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- ¼ tsp chili sauce
- Freshly cracked pepper
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste, if needed
- Mix Russian dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, stirring until combined, set aside.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper out on a counter.
- Butter one side of 4 slices of Martin’s Old Fashioned Butter Bread. And lay on parchment paper, butter side down.
- Top each of these slices with swiss cheese, and divide the corned beef between the four sandwiches.
- Take sauerkraut and dump it in a colander, then turn over onto a plate, and use a paper towel to squeeze excess moisture out. Divide among the sandwiches.
- Top with a tablespoon of Russian dressing. Then another slice of cheese.
- Then take remaining 4 slices of bread, and butter one side of them, and top the sandwich with buttered side facing out.
- Preheat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat.
- Cook the sandwiches on one side until the bread is golden brown.
- Carefully flip the sandwiches over with a spatula and finish cooking on the second side.
- Cut the sandwiches in half before serving. Serve with a pickle spear!
Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. is an all-American family owned and operated company headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. They offer many other products besides the Old-Fashioned Butter Bread, so be sure to check them out. All of their breads, rolls, and buns are high quality and great tasting!
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