Sometimes less is more. I know I’ve said that recently in a post. I’m intentionally practicing that line. Sometimes less is more. Key word here ‘sometimes.’ Perhaps to a fault, I’ve always been a fan of ‘the more the merrier,’ however last night called for a simple, quick and easy dinner. The Classic Reuben Sandwich on fresh bakery marble rye bread with a schmear of amazing Homemade Russian Dressing was just right.
Let me back up and tell you that I had the most wonderful day yesterday. Due to circumstances beyond her control (two little ones at Urgent Care), our office Santa Bethany had to call in for backup Elves to deliver Christmas gifts to the family our company members sponsored. I had the privilege of being that Elf. Spur of the moment forced me to put aside all the things I thought I should be doing on the day before Christmas Eve and instead breathe in the joy that comes from giving. Our delivery of coats and shoes, gift cards and games, paid power bills and rent money, to this unsuspecting single mother of six boys was a bit overwhelming. I’m not sure if the much needed gifts were what brought her to tears or simply knowing that there are people who care and want to help. My heart swelled with Christmas spirit and it hasn’t let up since.
The Classic Reuben Sandwich is rye bread layered with thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, then pan grilled to perfection. Homemade Russian Dressing is the way to go. Just a few simple ingredients combine to make this creamy slightly tangy dressing delicious.
And if you love a Reuben as much as we do, make a batch of this Hot Reuben Dip next time you’re hosting a party. All those same great flavors in a dip.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbl. ketchup
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. prepared horseradish
- freshly cracked pepper
- pinch cayenne pepper
- salt to taste, if needed
- 6 slices marble rye bread
- ½ lb. thinly sliced corned beef
- ¼ lb. thinly sliced Swiss cheese
- 1 cup sauerkraut
- ½ cup Russian dressing
- Combine all ingredients, adjust according to taste. Refrigerate any unused dressing.
- Spread Russian dressing on one side of each bread slice, then layer corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut in triple-decker fashion.
- Melt butter in large skillet, pan grill sandwiches until nicely browned, using a bacon press or similar to weigh it down. Add additional butter then turn sandwiches browning other side.
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