Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich


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Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with our mouthwatering Ultimate Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich! This iconic sandwich takes a twist by transforming into an open-top masterpiece that’s as visually appealing as it is delectable. Packed with layers of flavor and textures, this Reuben creation is a true delight for sandwich enthusiasts. Whether you’re a fan of classic Reubens or looking to explore a new twist on a timeless favorite, this recipe is a must-try.

The Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich, a classic American sandwich, has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. Its origins are often associated with Jewish immigrants in the United States. The sandwich’s creation is often attributed to Arnold Reuben, a New York City deli owner, who claimed to have made it in 1914.

The Reuben has become a beloved staple in American delis and diners, known for its savory, comforting flavors. The combination of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing piled on rye bread, then toasted to perfection, creates a harmonious and hearty meal.

Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich

Our Ultimate Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich is a symphony of flavors and textures, bringing together the richness of corned beef, the tanginess of sauerkraut, the creaminess of Russian dressing, and the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of Swiss cheese. With its savory and satisfying profile, this sandwich is an ideal choice for a comforting lunch or a hearty dinner.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 4 Calories: 379.02 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat.

  2. Butter one side of each slice of rye bread.

  3. Place the buttered side of the bread slices down on the preheated pan or griddle to toast until golden and crisp.

  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the sauerkraut with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  5. To assemble the open-faced sandwiches, place the toasted bread slices on a baking sheet with the toasted side facing up.

  6. Layer each slice with an even portion of corned beef.

  7. Top the corned beef with a generous spoonful of sauerkraut mixture.

  8. Drizzle a dollop of Russian dressing over the sauerkraut on each sandwich.

  9. Place a slice of Swiss cheese over the sauerkraut and dressing on each sandwich.

  10. Preheat your oven's broiler on high and place the baking sheet with the assembled sandwiches under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the open-faced sandwiches to serving plates.

  12. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and added flavor.

  13. Serve your Ultimate Reuben Open-Faced Sandwiches immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 379.02kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23.13g36%
Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Trans Fat 0.23g
Cholesterol 47.36mg16%
Sodium 1419.96mg60%
Potassium 327.69mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 26.57g9%
Dietary Fiber 2.76g12%
Sugars 7.06g
Protein 16.32g33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • Swap out the corned beef for pastrami or turkey if you prefer a different protein.
  • Add a layer of sliced pickles for an extra zesty kick.
  • For a vegetarian twist, replace the corned beef with marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Pair your Ultimate Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich with a side of crispy potato chips, coleslaw, or a simple mixed greens salad for a well-rounded meal.
Allergen Information:

It's essential to be aware of potential allergens in the Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich:

  • Gluten Allergy: Rye bread contains gluten. If you or someone you're serving has a gluten allergy, use gluten-free bread as a substitute.

  • Dairy Allergy: Swiss cheese and Russian dressing contain dairy. For a dairy-free option, consider using dairy-free Swiss cheese and a vegan Russian dressing.

  • Corned Beef Allergy: Substitute corned beef with a plant-based protein like tempeh, seitan, or a vegan deli slice if you have dietary restrictions or follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

While the Reuben is often enjoyed with classic beverages like soda or beer, you can elevate the experience with these pairings:

  • Craft Beer: A crisp lager, a malty brown ale, or a dark stout can complement the savory and robust flavors of the Reuben.

  • White Wine: A glass of Riesling or Gewürztraminer can be a pleasant pairing, especially if you prefer wine over beer. The sweetness of these wines can balance the saltiness of the sandwich.

  • Iced Tea: For a non-alcoholic option, consider a glass of iced tea, which provides a refreshing contrast to the Reuben's richness.

Storage and Leftovers:

If you find yourself with leftover Reuben Open-Faced Sandwich:

  • Refrigeration: Place the remaining sandwich in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it promptly to maintain freshness.

  • Toasting: To reheat, consider toasting the sandwich in a toaster oven or regular oven at a low temperature to maintain its crispiness. Microwave heating is not recommended, as it may result in a soggy texture.

  • Separate Components: If possible, separate the components like the corned beef, sauerkraut, and bread to preserve their individual textures and flavors.

  • Enjoy Cold: Some people enjoy the Reuben cold, so don't hesitate to try it straight from the fridge.

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