The gooey, juicy, cheesy Classic Pastrami Reuben is deceptively quick and easy to make. It’s basically a grilled cheese plus a few extra flavor-filled toppings. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, or course, and also perfect on any other day of the year.
On Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, every year without fail, Mom makes Classic Pastrami Reuben sandwiches after church.
This year, I asked if we could pretty pleeeease make an exception for ME and for the sake of the blog please! and make them a little earlier. And that is what we did. Just so I could share the Reuben-making experience with you, friends!
Today is your lucky day because today I am going to spare you all my wordiness and give you (mostly) just pictures instead.
So, all in all, pretty basic. Like a grilled cheese, except with a few extra ingredients. Total time: 20 minutes. And it probably only took that long because I kept saying, “Hold for a shot! Hold it right there. Nope, open that slice of roast beef back up. Aaaand hold. Got it. Yes. Lovely. Perfect.” Just like a professional photographer.
Classic Pastrami Reuben
A classic, easy recipe for Saint Patrick's Day or for any other day of the year!
- 8 slices rye bread
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- 8 slices Swiss cheese I used Sargento Ultra Thin Slices
- 1-2 cups sauerkraut drained
- 4 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing I used Kraft Thousand Island Lite
- 16 slices pastrami or corned beef
Thinly butter each slice of rye bread on one side only. Lay buttered side face-down while you build your sandwich.
Layer cheese, 2 slices per sandwich. I suggest using 1 1/2 slices on one slice of bread, and the other 1/2 slice on the other slice of bread to help the sandwich stick together.
Top each sandwich with 1/4 to 1/2 cup sauerkraut. I tend to go heavy on sauerkraut because it's your only veggie here!
Drizzle the Thousand Island dressing on top of the sauerkraut, about 1 tablespoon per sandwich. Top with 4 slices of deli meat.
Put the sandwiches together. The buttered sides should be on the outside. Over medium heat, grill the sandwiches on a stove top griddle, turning once, until both sides are browned to your liking. Enjoy!