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10 Ways to Make a Reuben/Rachel Sandwich

Felix enjoys Reubens and has developed his own original recipes for this famous sandwich.

A Reuben (or Rachel) sandwich.

A Reuben (or Rachel) sandwich.

Recipes for Reuben (or Rachel) Sandwiches

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.

What Is a Reuben?

If you don't know what a Reuben is, it contains sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef, and it's 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!

Reuben vs. Rachel Sandwich

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.

The History of the Sandwich

There's a bit of controversy as to who invented this sandwich, which is globally loved. Rumor has it that one of two men created it. 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 that there are many versions created, and the style and chief ingredients is what makes it a Reuben.

First Version of the Story

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 (dubbing themselves "The Committee") to make the sandwich common. The recognition came from the hotel owner who entered the sandwich into a contest that he won and made it national.

Second Version of the Story

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 it found acclaim was 1914.

How to Make It

I will now teach you how to make a Reuben/Rachel sandwich. I have 10 recipes. Six are nationally known, but four are mine. I have labeled my original recipes with the initials DRG.

All these sandwiches are going to be made the same way; they just have different ingredients. I am posting the ingredients first. At the bottom of the article, you will find the instructions, which are applied to every recipe. There are 10 recipes on my list but only one way to cook a Reuben sandwich! All sandwich recipes are for 1 serving.

1. Classic Reuben Sandwich

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

3. Vegetarian Reuben

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

4. Blue Reuben Sandwich

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

5. Grouper Reuben

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

6. Turkey Reuben

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

7. Cuban Reuben (DRG)

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Thousand Island dressing (apply to 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. Greek Reuben (DRG)

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

9. Mexican Reuben (DRG)

  • 2 slices of rye bread or tortilla
  • thousand Island dressing (apply to 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. Hungry Man Reuben (DRG)

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

Instructions

  1. You want to prep your meat, if need be, by slicing it 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.

Comments

F S on February 05, 2012:

Rachel uses COLESLAW!

Megan on January 06, 2012:

mmmmmmmmmm

AccessoriesLove from NYC on July 20, 2011:

My Mouth is Watering!! Yummmy!

Stump Parrish from Don't have a clue, I'm lost. on July 17, 2011:

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

Alexander Props on July 13, 2011:

This is nice!

ravenblueu from Somewhere Tropical on June 08, 2011:

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!

Daryl j. from Converse, TX on June 08, 2011:

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

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on June 08, 2011:

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

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 07, 2011:

Sounds great! Thank you.