True Reuben Sandwich lovers will tell you that putting any other dressing than the Russian dressing in a Reuben is a blasphemy! Well, while I do love tradition, and Reuben sandwich recipes, I still believe that trying new things is great!
Reuben Sandwich with Russian Dressing
The classic Russian dressing is what gives this sandwich its juiciness. And to prepare it you need mayonnaise and chili sauce (or ketchup), Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of prepared horseradish. Add relish, some freshly cracked pepper and only a pinch of cayenne pepper, add salt to taste and that’s it. As for the process of making it, it is definitely not rocket science! You only need to combine all the ingredients together and voila! An interesting fact about this dressing is that it is actually produced here in America, and not in Russia as the name might imply. But I think we can all agree that it is what makes Reuben Sandwich so deliciously good! Spicy and strong, everything a dressing should be!
Reuben Sandwich with Thousand Island Dressing
The most commonly used replacement for the Russian dressing is the thousand island dressing. It is a much milder variant but it works perfectly well in Reuben Sandwich Recipes. This dressing also calls for mayonnaise and ketchup and the inevitable sweet pickle relish (or olives), but you should also add granulated garlic some lemon juice (or orange juice) and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste and you are done! I can think of a thousand reasons why you should use the thousand island dressing!
How to Apply the Dressing on the Reuben Sandwich and How to Store It
The easiest way to go for it is to dip he sandwich into it. But let’s face it, the beauty lies in eating a sandwich with a little bit of the sauce dripping from it J.
So, spread the dressing on each bread slice on only one side. Then proceed to layer the meat (regardless of whether you opt for corned beef, pastrami or turkey), the Swiss cheese, and the sauerkraut. You can always refrigerate any leftover dressing.
An important thing I came to learn is that you should not stack the Reuben Sandwich too high! If you do, it will start falling off even before you’ve taken a bite. You can find many other different useful tips regarding the Reuben Sandwich in this blog post.
As for the ways you can store the dressings, as long as you put them in a tightly covered clean glass container and as long as they are not at room temperature (i.e. they are in the fridge) you can easily reuse them the following day.
You can put it on burgers, in shrimp cocktail, put it on salads, or simply use it to dip chips, chicken nuggets, steak fingers, and even veggies. Regardless of which sauce you opt for you will surely enjoy it! I for one, love every single bite of meat and sauerkraut cheesiness!