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|Bi-Coastal Mini Reubens
East coast meets west coast with these mini Reuben sandwiches. Great for Super Bowl game day!
The Reuben is a classic, but I was intrigued a bit by the so-called “West Coast Reuben.” Of course the variations abound, but one constant was the use of dijon mustard in place of the more classic Russian or Thousand Island dressing.
|Great for game day
Frankly, I like dijon and mayo mixed together as a generic sandwich spread, so I did my best to combine two classics here. I glorified it with a bit of horseradish and onion, just like the classic, but also added the teensiest bit of balsamic for that wonderful flavor it imparts to everything.
As far as how you build the sandwich…my amounts of meat, cheese and sauerkraut are not carved in stone, so use amounts that suit your individual tastes.
A trip to Aldi introduced me to the rolls I used here. Maybe not entirely classic, but basically, they are pumpernickel rolls.
If you can’t find mini pumpernickel or rye rolls at your store, you can also use those small, square “cocktail” rye breads that are usually sold around the deli department. Heck even regular rye is fine. It’s really the dressing that makes this fabu anyway.
Bi-Coastal Mini Reubens
- 1 pkg (12-count) mini rye or pumpernickel rolls*
- 1 lb sliced corned beef brisket
- 1 cup drained sauerkraut**
- 8 oz sliced swiss cheese
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbs dijon mustard
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbs instant dehydrated onion OR 2 tbs fresh grated onion
- 1 tsp grated horseradish
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
*These rolls pictured are from Aldi and called Sweet Multi-Grain Rolls.
**Cole slaw may be substituted if you wish.
Mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
Cut the rolls in half (if not sliced already) and build the base of the sandwiches, leaving them open-faced. Place on a baking sheet. Pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese or place in a 400 degree F oven for about 5 minutes for the same result. Place the other portion of the roll on top of prepared sandwiches.
Serve with dressing on the side.
|Add a nice dollop of delicious dressing to this Reuben sandwich
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