Corned Beef Sandwich

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This Corned Beef Sandwich shouldn’t be complicated. It is a smash-and-grab of what you have lying around, piled high to create the best damn bite you can shove in your mouth all at once. So Good.

Imagine layers of smoked corned beef, crisp slaw, and perfectly hearty pumpernickel bread. The combination is a deli favorite that is just as easy to make at home. Whether using homemade smoked pastrami for a pepperier bite or slices of corned beef from the deli, a good sandwich should require napkins and be messy. Make your eyes roll back, and you sigh in joy. They should make your lover worry. Then, they should make that lover sit back in proud satisfaction.

What is a Corned Beef Reuben?

There are parts of a cow that just aren’t easy to eat. Brisket is tough and generally chewy. But, let it sit in a brine for a while, then slow cook it all day, and suddenly it is tender as can be and full of flavor. This is why we make corned beef. And the end product is well worth the wait.

A corned beef sandwich is a simple recipe packed with corned beef, mustard, sauerkraut, and tangy relish. Everything is piled high on your favorite toasted rye bread for the perfect sandwich.

Ingredients to Make Corned Beef

  • Butter – just like making grilled cheese, you need something to brown the bread. We use unsalted butter.
  • Fresh Pumpernickel or Marbled Rye Bread – Choose one of these options for bread to make the best Reuben sandwiches.
  • Russian Dressing – Smear this over your bread to make the best corned beef sandwich. Alternatives include thousand island dressing.
  • Coleslaw – Homemade is preferred, but storebought works in a pinch.
  • Salt and Pepper – use kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced Corned Beef – Make the meat the day before or use leftovers. Then, just add your corned beef to slices of bread, and you have a simple meal the next day.
  • Swiss Cheese – the sandwich isn’t complete without melted cheese, and tangy Swiss is by far the best option for this hot corned beef delicacy.

How to Make a Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe

  • Preheat your skillet or pan on medium-high heat.
  • Smear a generous helping of Russian dressing onto your choice of bread. Add your coleslaw and season with salt and pepper if you wish. Top the coleslaw with heaping piles of sliced corned beef and a slice or two of cheese. Add the remaining bread half.
  • Melt the butter in the pan and place the sandwiches in. Press them down to help the bottom of the bread brown quickly and cook for 3 to 4 minutes before flipping and doing the same on the other side. Toast each side until golden brown.
  • The corned beef rueben is finished when the cheese is melty, and things start to get messy. Serve with dill pickles, and enjoy.

Beef Leftovers and Reheating

Curious about what to do with leftover corned beef sandwiches? For starters, don’t store your corned beef and coleslaw ON the bread, it will definitely get soggy that way. Store your bread and toppings separately and prepare the dish from scratch the next day. These delicious sandwiches are easy to keep on hand as long as you have the individual ingredients.

What to Serve with Corned Beef

If you are looking for yummy sides to serve with your class Reuben, try fried pickles, dill pickle dip, a smoked cabbage recipe, sugar-glazed carrots, Irish nachos, or fried mac and cheese bites. If you don’t want to try bites, try smoked mac and cheese.

Other great options include spinach artichoke dip, creamed spinach, and Irish Soda bread. Of course, they are also perfect with crispy beef tallow french fries or potato chips, because what sandwich isn’t!? They’re deli staples.

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