Recipe by Debber
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.
Top Review by Froggus.
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!
- 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)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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!