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The gooey, juicy, cheesy Classic Pastrami Reuben is deceptively quick and easy to make. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day and for any other day of the year! | theeverykitchen.com

Classic Pastrami Reuben

A classic, easy recipe for Saint Patrick's Day or for any other day of the year!

Course Main
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 380 kcal
Author Danielle Cushing


  • 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


  1. Thinly butter each slice of rye bread on one side only. Lay buttered side face-down while you build your sandwich.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Drizzle the Thousand Island dressing on top of the sauerkraut, about 1 tablespoon per sandwich. Top with 4 slices of deli meat.
  5. 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!