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10 Ways to Make a Reuben/Rachel Sandwich

Updated on August 17, 2017

How to make a Reuben or Rachel sandwich

10 Ways to make a Reuben

If you like sandwiches, then you are in for a treat. There are a couple of ways to make a Reuben or Rachel sandwich, and I've compiled them here for you all. I also included my four of my own original variations. If you don't know what a Reuben is, it contains sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef and is a sandwich that's served on rye bread. It's finished off with Thousand Island dressing. Today, I will post the original recipes and some new ones for you to try out, invented by ME!

Now let's set the Reuben-Rachel issue straight. If the sandwich is made with corned beef, then it is a Reuben. If the sandwich is made with pastrami, then it's a Rachel. There's a bit of controversy as to who invented the sandwich, but I've done some common sense thinking and feel that it was the Lithuanian guy. Now, his name was actually Reuben, but the fact is there are many versions created, and the style and chief ingredients is what makes it a Reuben.

The History of the Reuben/Rachel sandwich

Rumor has it that one of two men created the sandwich which is globally loved. A Lithuanian guy who lived in Omaha, Nebraska named Reuben Kulakofsky invented the sandwich stemming from a weekly poker hangout spot. The year was 1920 and the eatery was based inside the Blackstone Hotel. It took the likes of many poker players who played there who dubbed themselves " The Committee " to make the sandwich common. The recognition came from the hotel owner who entered the sandwich in to a contest that he won and made it national.

Another story talks of a German deli owner based in NY inventing the sandwich who has no ties to the name itself. The deli was called Reuben's Delicatessen and the year he acclaimed it was 1914.

I will now teach you how to make a Reuben/Rachel sandwich. I have 10 recipes. Six are nationally known but 4 are mine. I have labeled my original recipes as DRG's Reuben 1,2 3 and 4. All these sandwiches are going to be made the same way, they just have different ingredients. I am posting the recipes first. At the bottom of the all the recipes you will find the directions which is applied to every recipe. There's 10 recipes on my list but only one way to cook a Reuben sandwich. All sandwich recipes are for 1 serving.

#1 Classical Reuben Sandwich

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 5 slices of corned beef
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter

#2 Rachel Sandwich

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 5 slices of pastrami
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter

#3 A Vegetarian Reuben

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut or coleslaw
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter

#4 A Blue Reuben Sandwich


  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • blue cheese (to your liking)
  • 5 slices of corned beef
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter


#5 A Grouper Reuben


  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • coleslaw
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 pound of grouper
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter


#6 A Turkey Reuben

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices of turkey
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter


#7 A Cuban Reuben - A DRG Reuben #1

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • mustard
  • sauerkraut
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 pound of roasted pork
  • a slice pickle (dill)
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter


#8 A Greek Reuben - A DRG Reuben #2

  • 2 slices of rye bread or pita
  • Taziki sauce (apply too your liking)
  • sauteed onions
  • feta cheese
  • 1/4 pound shaved leg of lamb
  • hummus
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter


#9 A Mexican Reuben - A DRG Reuben #3

  • 2 slices of rye bread or tortilla
  • thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 5 slices of corned beef
  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter
  • salsa
  • (mix salsa and dressing together)


#10 DRG's Hungry Man Reuben

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply too your liking)
  • sauerkraut
  • coleslaw
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 5 slices of corned beef
  • potato wedges
  • Brummel & Brown spread
  • olive juice (from the bottle)


Now to make one....


Directions:

  1. You want to prep your meat, if need be, by slicing to your liking. Cook any meat that needs to be cooked before you begin messing with vegetables.
  2. Next, place your meat on one slice of bread, and then dress your other slice with your dressing.
  3. Add your cheese and additional ingredients on top of the cheese.
  4. Use the butter in a pan and compile your sandwich in the pan. Toast lightly on both sides after flipping, and you are good to go.

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      F S 5 years ago

      Rachel uses COLESLAW!

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      Megan 5 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmm

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      AccessoriesLove 6 years ago from NYC

      My Mouth is Watering!! Yummmy!

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      Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      You have given me a couple of ideas for one of my all time favorite sandwiches, thanks

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      Alexander Props 6 years ago

      This is nice!

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      ravenblueu 6 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      It's my first time to know that there is bread called rye bread, I don't think we have this in our country. Love the recipes, maybe I can substitute and use different a kind of bread. Thanks! Voted up!

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      Daryl j. 6 years ago from Converse, TX

      Liking sandwiches like I do I guess that I will have to try some of these recipes. Thanks for the post.

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wow! These Rueben sandwiches sound fabulous. Thanks for all the variations.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sounds great! Thank you.