Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
This one screams old-timey, German, "down-home," and "comfort food" all at once! Sandwiches can be assembled ahead of time, covered & chilled. At meal-time, bake as directed. Thanks to *Midwest Living* for this awesome recipe and the excellent alternatives featuring midwest-region crops.
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄4 cup sour cream
- 1⁄4 teaspoon caraway seed, crushed
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup sauerkraut, drained (1/2 of an 8-oz can)
- 3⁄4 tablespoon butter, melted
- 12 slices country bread
- 18 slices swiss cheese
- 6 slices ham (thinly sliced)
- pickle (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, seeds & pepper; stir in kraut; set aside.
- On a foil-lined baking sheet, place six slices bread--first brush each with melted butter (save some for the other half of the sammie); top with a slice of cheese, then 1/6th of the kraut mixture,then a slice of ham and two slices of cheese--do this on all six slices of bread.
- Brush remaining six slices of bread with melted butter; place on cheese--with butter side up, to make six sandwiches.
- Bake for 10 minutes (cheese is melted, bread is lightly browned)--turn once during that time.
- Remove from oven; slice diagonally, serve with pickles.
- SEPTEMBER HARVEST: Remember Johnny Appleseed by placing a few thin slices of apple between the ham and cheese.
- NEBRASKA REUBEN: Salute Omaha's claim to fame and use thinly sliced corned beef instead of the ham.
- CRUNCHY BITES: Add a few sunflower kernels to the sauerkraut mixture and honor those hardy souls in North Dakota who raise huge fields of sunflowers!
- BOOST YOUR PROTEIN: Stir about a 1/4-cup of cooked edible soybeans (edamame) into the sauerkraut mixture and thank a South Dakota farmer!
believe it or not, this made one DELICIOUS breakfast this morning! I nixed the sour cream/caraway seeds, as I was lacking, but the crunch on this sandwich was SO GOOD! I went to put potato chips on, as well (as I do, all of my sandwiches), but after the first bite .. I forgot all about them ! I did use wheat bread, but that made no difference in the tastiness, here! thank you!
This sandwich was great! A half of this was all I could manage to eat.....especially since I was having soup, too! Really.....this is definitely worth making more than once! or twice! or thrice.......getting the drift here! Thnx for posting, Debber. Made for the Voracious Vagabonds for ZWT6.
It's a good sandwiche. A bit different than what I'm used to. I used light mayonnaise, fat free sour cream. I liked the taste of caraway seed. And the sauerkraut added to it was great. The bread I used was hard to turn golden. But it was really crunchy. I think another time I may omit the sour cream. I used gruyere swiss cheese. Thanks Debber :) Made for the Zwizzle Chicks of ZWT