If a menu includes a great selection of lunch-time sandwiches, I can honestly say, I would never order tuna or chicken salad...too many restaurants use light tuna, which I think is glorified cat food; some also use a poor quality mayonnaise...or...Miracle Whip...which I do not consider a true mayonnaise, at all.
I might, however, order a Reuben sandwich even though I know that the beef could have too much fat...the sauce might be too lavish and the cheese non-existent...but, it could be good...a great Reuben is a joy to consume. The last one my husband and I ordered was so thick with lean, tender slices of corned beef, we could only eat half of each sandwich. Ahhh...what a way to go!
On the home front, I usually make our own Reuben sandwiches the day after we have our St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner...I buy extra meat just so I can make the sandwiches...two favorite meals, back to back...now, that is a happy thing.
I don't know how thousand island dressing became the new normal for the restaurant-style Reuben sandwiches...but, Russian dressing was used in the original sandwich recipe. Today, it is sometimes hard to find Russian dressing in stores...but, it is very easy to make. I have included my version with today's post...
Reuben Sandwich with Russian Dressing
2 slices rye or pumpernickel bread per sandwich
2 slices Swiss cheese per sandwich
Sliced corned beef
Sauerkraut, squeezed dry with paper towels
Russian dressing (below)
Spread margarine on outside of each bread slice and lay, buttered side down, on a plate or waxed paper. Layer as follows: cheese, beef, kraut, dressing (spread over kraut), beef, cheese. Top with second bread slice, butter side up. Heat griddle, med-high. Place sandwich on griddle and grill until browned and cheese is melted; flip sandwich carefully and grill side two. Remove to plate, cut in half. Serve.
Sides: Slaw (post #10), fries, fresh fruit, dill pickle.
Diane's Russian Dressing
1/3 C Hellmann’s Mayo
1 ½ tsp ketchup
1 ½ tsp horseradish
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste; ( I used 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s Grocery store)*
Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate until ready to use.
* 21 Seasoning Salute is a wonderful, salt-free product from Trader Joe’s. It contains the following ingredients: onion, pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato granules, lemon juice powder, oil of lemon and citric acid.