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Variations on the Reuben sandwich?

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Variations on the Reuben sandwich?

rworange | | Apr 18, 2009 11:53 AM

Using up some leftover Easter ham, I made a ham Reuben with cheddar cheese. IMO, what makes the Reuben is that thousand island dressing. It is that sweetish note that is the nice compliment to the rye, kraut, meat and cheese.

I know there is the Rachel made with pastrami or turkey rather than corned beef.

A restaurant in my area has a number of different spins on the Reuben … veggie or regular
- Danny’s Almost Reuben: roasted eggplant, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and Swiss grilled on rye
- Horton’s Regulator Reuben: Turkey & eggplant Reuben
Big Mike’s Reuben “Hackney” Style: Pastrami with house Russian dressing, Swiss, jalapenos and sauerkraut

This isn't a fancy restaurant but a real blue collar type deli located next to the water treatment plant. Didn't want to give the impression it was some sort of place putting on airs.

The addition of jalapenos, seemed like a good idea and I tried it with one of my ham Reubens. Either it was a really mild pepper or I didn't add enough. Will give it anoother try someday with more jalapeno.

Here's a little history of the Reuben
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Histor...

It also seemes like there are lots of recipes out there based on the Reuben

First ... how to make a good classic Reuben including the finer points of rye vs pumpernikel and Thousand Island vs. Russian dressing
http://recipes.suite101.com/article.c...

Reuben bread ... this looks fantastic
http://www.cookingbread.com/classes/c...

Reuben Soup
http://www.chow.com/recipes/19715

Vegan Reuben
http://domestikgoddess.com/vegan-reub...

East Coast Grill Cuban Reuben Recipe ... curtido, brisket, jack cheese, chipotle aioli
http://www.grouprecipes.com/87878/eas...

Reuben Casserole
http://brendasbarbecue.wordpress.com/...

Reuben Mac n Cheese by Raechel Ray
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ra...

Reuben quiche ... oh my, it involves Cool Whip
http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/rec...

Reuben Pizza ... one with Boboli, the other with a homemade rye pizza dough
http://www.sacandco.net/food/recipes/...
http://www.city-data.com/forum/recipe...

Reuben Burgers
http://www.alanskitchen.com/SANDWICH/...

Bratwurst Reuben
http://www.kitchenproject.com/german/...

Reuben Quesadillas ... that could use jalapenos, but I think rye bread is another critical component, so this might not work
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

Mini Reuben Appetizers
http://www.alpinelace.com/recipes/rec...

Reuben Loaf
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/beef/rueben...

Reuben Spam
http://www.household-management.com/c...

Reuben Dip
http://kidscooking.about.com/od/snack...

I wonder if Chow with all its cocktail recipes could create a Reuben cocktail ... Rye (the booze) with a dash of saurkraut juice with a toothpick spearing a sweet pickle, cubed corned beef and swiss cheese?

So does anyone else have a favorite Reuben recipe or variation?

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