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The Reuben

The Reuben

Hey guys, this is so easy to make at home. It might just taste better than the one from your favorite shop!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 8 ounces sliced Emmenthaler cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained if necessary
  • 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced corned beef or pastrami
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature


  • Spread 1 tablespoon of the Thousand Island Dressing on each slice of bread. Divide the cheese, sauerkraut, and pastrami among 4 of the slices, and top each sandwich with the remaining bread. Spread the tops of the sandwiches with half of the butter.

  • Heat a 12-inch (or larger) skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches, buttered side down, in batches if necessary, and weight them down with a cast-iron press or another heavy skillet. Cook the sandwiches until golden brown and crisped, 2 to 3 minutes. Butter the top of the sandwiches with the remaining butter, turn them over, and cook them for another 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board, slice them in half, and serve immediately.