Classic Reuben sandwich, kicked up a notch with a tangy and spicy homemade Russian dressing.
One of our favorite things to do when we go to LA, is to have a lunch at Canter's Deli! It's a landmark...a classic. The "mature" wait staff has been there for years, the lines are long and the food big and good. I miss NY delis so much, but am so thankful I can still get my deli-fix when we go into the City.
This version has a hit of sriracha, horseradish and briney capers. I keep a small jar of it in the fridge and dip anything I can into it!
More great finger food
Reuben Sandwich, Kicked Up a Notch
- 2 slices of Jewish rye bread
- 2 oz Pastrami sliced
- ¼ cup good quality saurkraut
- 2 oz swiss cheese sliced
- 2 Tb butter softened
Homemade Russian Dressing
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2-3 Tb ketchup
- 1 Tb sriracha
- 1 Tb horseradish
- 1 Tb capers chopped
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Begin by combining all the russian dressing ingredients in a bowl. Mix together well and taste for seasoning, Adjust as necessary. Set aside.
- To make the sandwich, first drizzle a small amount of oil in a skillet and heat the pastrami. The meat is cooked already, but still needs to be heated up. This takes a minute. When done, remove to a plate and set aside. Then heat up the sauerkraut for a few seconds until heated through. Set aside.
- Butter 1 Tb on 1 side of bread and the other Tb of butter on the other piece of bread. In the same skillet, toast the bread, butter side down. Then spread on 1-2 TB of Russian dressing on 1 slice of bread, then add the pastrami, sauerkraut and cheese. Top the sandwich the 2nd slice of bread.
- Cover pan with a lid so that the cheese can melt, about another minute.
- When done, cut sandwich in half and serve with your favorite pickle.
Sara gold says
Cheese and meat are not permitted to be eaten together in jewish law. Since this is talking about 'jewish' food, just thought had to say. good luck in all your endeavours
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Advnetures says
What a great story! Reubens are one of my all time favorite sandwiches too!
Thank you Laura!
Thanks for sharing! I love a good reuben.
Thanks Billy..me too!
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat says
This looks so good. I can almost taste the pastrami!!