Reuben sandwich

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
less than 10 mins

Makes 1 sandwich

From The Hairy Bikers' Comfort Food


For the Russian dressing

  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp horseradish sauce
  • dash hot sauce
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallot
  • 2 cornichon or ½ dill pickle, finely chopped
  • pinch hot paprika

For the sandwich

  • 2 slices light rye bread or sourdough
  • butter, for spreading
  • 2–3 slices salt beef
  • few slices Swiss cheese, such as emmental or gruyère
  • 2–3 tbsp sauerkraut
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • dill pickles, to serve


  1. For the Russian dressing, mix together all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Butter both slices of bread. Put the salt beef on one slice, then top with the cheese and sauerkraut. Spread the Russian dressing over the other slice and place it on top of the sauerkraut.

  3. Heat the sandwich in a sandwich maker or in a hot, dry frying pan. (If using a frying pan, butter both sides of the bread, press the sandwich down onto the pan with a spatula, and heat for 3–4 minutes on each side until the bread is well browned and the cheese has melted.) Serve with dill pickles.

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