Reuben Sandwich Our Way

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 15mins


  • 13
    cup mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellmann's or Vegenaise)
  • 14
    cup catsup
  • 12
    teaspoon dill relish
  • 12
    teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 14 - 12
    teaspoon dried onion flakes, to taste
  • 18
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 14
    teaspoon lemon juice (we use both, to taste, the balsamic really adds nice flavor) or 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (we use both, to taste, the balsamic really adds nice flavor)
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2
    slices dark rye bread (caraway or not, it's up to you, but we prefer it without)
  • 3
    teaspoons butter
  • 3 -4
    ounces thinly sliced deli pastrami
  • 13
    cup sauerkraut, drained well (we prefer Bubbie's naturally fermented kraut)
  • 1 -2
    1 -2 ounce swiss cheese or 1 -2 ounce monterey jack cheese


  • In a small bowl, make the dressing: combine the mayonnaise, catsup, relishes, onion, garlic, lemon juice, and black pepper to taste; set aside.
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and place one slice of bread, butter-side down, in the pan.
  • Assemble the sandwich: on top of the bread, place the sliced pastrami; top meat with a couple of tablespoons of the dressing; then spread the sauerkraut over, add some more dressing, top with the cheese, then place the other slice of bread- buttered side up- on top (this arrangement helps keep the dressing from soaking the bread too much).
  • Cover the grilling sandwich with a lid (a Reverware saucepan lid works well for this) and let grill for 2 to 3 minutes, checking to make sure that the bread does not burn- the idea is to heat the air underneath the lid and melt the cheese easier as you're also browning the bread.
  • Carefully turn the sandwich, re-cover, and grill other side. (I say "carefully" because, depending on how much of the fillings you put in, this step can get a little messy -- ).
  • Cut the completed grilled sandwich in two and serve with the extra dressing for dipping, along with a dill pickle and potato chips or potato salad.