Zingerman's Reuben Sandwich

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
6 sandwiches
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf unseeded and unsliced Jewish Rye bread
  • 2 pounds corned beef, sliced (see Cook's Note)
  • 12 ounces Russian dressing, recipe follows
  • 12 ounces sauerkraut
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Russian Dressing:
  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 to 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped curly parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced Spanish onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced dill pickle
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sprinkle the corned beef with a little water, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and steam it in the oven.

Meanwhile, put the whole loaf of rye bread (unwrapped) into the oven. Bake the bread until the crust is very crunchy, about 15 minutes. Set the bread on the counter and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

When the rye bread is cool enough to handle place it on a cutting board. Hold the bread knife at a 45-degree angle and cut 12 slices.

Take the corned beef out of the oven and unwrap it. Spread each slice of bread with Russian dressing. Layer half of the slices with corned beef, sauerkraut and slices of Swiss cheese, then top the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread (dressing-side down).

Heat 2 large heavy skillets over medium heat. Brush the bread with butter. Put the sandwiches in the pans and weight them with a lid or heat proof bowl topped with something heavy. Cook until the first sides are crisp and golden about 7 minutes then flip the sandwiches. Cook until the second sides are also well toasted and the cheese is melted. Lift the sandwiches onto a cutting board. Cut each in half diagonally and serve.

Cook's Note: Buy high quality corned beef for this recipe. Avoid corned beef that is very lean.

Russian Dressing:

Combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, sour cream, parsley, onion, pickle, lemon juice, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and mix well. Yield: 2 cups

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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I have been searching for the perfect reuben recipe and THIS IS IT!  If you want to make it right, do NOT use deli corned beef for this- take the time to make home made corned beef- it will make all the difference in the world.  The sauce is outstanding as well!  I grilled them in the panini press..... SO GOOD!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Zingerman's makes the greatest bread, the best corned beef, the best quality cheeses and sauces...I dream of this sandwich, so much that I have ordered their Reuben kit online. $135 delivered for a size that makes 4 sandwiches, fixings and their "magic brownie bites". LOL...NOT what you are thinking. At least it is cheaper than flying to Ann Arbor Michigan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Totally Tasty! If I told you what meat I used I would be shunned, so I won't, but the dressing was delightful!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
what a fantastic Reuben sandwich. the taste is just so good that making a Reuben Sandwish any other way is just wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have always enjoyed a good Reuben Sandwich, but I tend to shy away from the Thousand Island dressing, just way too sweet for me. This Russian Dressing is delicious!! I agree with other reviewers about making the dressing ahead of time. WOW! when those flavors have time to marry, it is even better! I used it the next day as a dipping sauce for French fries. It is really, really good! I made these last week &amp; my husband took one to work and shared 1/2 of his sandwich with his boss who has requested that I make more, which I will be doing tonight! Can&amp;#39;t wait, thanks Food Network!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking tonight for the best Reuben Sandwich on the planet. Well I found it. The combination between the Russian dressing, corned beef, Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut, while holding it together with 2 pieces of rye bread was the bomb.. I am not a Russian dressing kinda of person, but after eating this sandwich, it really has gotten my attention. Thanks Food Network for this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Normally not a huge Reuben fan but wife is. Excellent sandwich became a Reuben lover after this, will make again. Dressing was very good after the first hour of melding in the refrigerator but day 2 the flavor became magical. I was using it on corn chips and whatever else I could put it on, amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect dressing!!! Made it EXACTLY as recipe stated! I was completely impressed! YUM! Soooo glad I didn't buy store bought! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A- maze-ing. The dressing is the best ever! No more bottles for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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