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Friday, June 3, 2011

Reubens

I haven't posted any recipes for a while which is partly because I was out of town and partly because I haven't cooked very much.

We made these a few weeks ago, and they were alright. This alright-ness was due to my failure, not the recipe, so don't stress. :) Generally, these are my favorite sandwich. They have the perfect blend of melted Swiss cheese, pastrami, and sauerkraut.  This recipe is the good way. I made mistakes while making them, so before I give you the recipe, I'm giving you two warnings.

I promise you if you follow these warnings, you will be much happier with your sandwich.

1. If your grocery shopping budget is low, don't decide to buy the cheap brand of Thousand Island. Go ahead and splurge and buy the Litehouse brand, Newman's own, Marie Callender's, etc. Better yet, make your own. Just don't go the cheap route. Not saying that I did this.

But I actually did. Fail.

2. If the grocery store you're at doesn't have rye bread, go to a different one and get some. The one we were at only had a black bread, which does have rye in it, but is not an adequate substitute. It was good bread though. Just not with Reubens.






Okay now you know, so I present to you:

Reuben Sandwiches


2 slices each of every sandwich:
Beef Pastrami
Swiss cheese

Sauerkraut(this is totally personal preference. I like a lot  on mine, but you may not like the "sauer" part, and opt for less. Up to you.)
Thousand Island Dressing(per sandwich)(again, personal preference, depending on your level of saucy-ness)
Rye Bread

There are two ways of making this sandwich. Actually there are probably more, but I'm sharing with you the two ways that I've done it.

Method 1
1. Heat the sauerkraut in a saucepan on medium heat until its warm.
2. Toast your bread in a toaster.
3. Once your bread is done, spread with the dressing on one piece. On the other piece, place the pastrami, and then the Swiss cheese on top of that. Microwave until the cheese is melted, or broil in the oven until the cheese is melted.
4. Strain the sauerkraut and pat it down with paper towels-you don't want it to be wet because then your sandwich would be soggy, and that would be a nightmare.
5. Put the sauerkraut on top of your melted cheese, and then place the other slice of bread on top.
6. Eat. It good.*

Method 2
1. Heat the sauerkraut in a saucepan on medium heat until its warm.
2. Heat a Panini press or sandwich maker
3. Butter one side on each of your slices of bread, and place the butter side down on the press
4. Spread each slice with Thousand Island dressing.
5. Place the pastrami on one slice, and the cheese on top of it, then the sauekraut on top of that.
6. Put the other slice of bread on top, close the grill, and cook until the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese is melted.






*When my dad was little, his mom gave him a little piece of dough to play with while she was making bread. He rolled it around on the floor and other surfaces of the house and played with it until it was a nice grey color. Then, he went to my grandpa and offered it to him, while saying, "Eat, it good." Gross. Yet, adorable.

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