Reuben Toast with Poached Eggs

This is my ode to one of America's greatest sandwiches, the Reuben--corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian or Thousand Island dressing on rye. I top my open-face version with a poached egg and a cheater's Thousand Island-style sauce that can be drizzled on as is, which is my preference, or heated gently in a small saucepan or the microwave. Even without the poached egg this is definitely a knife-and-fork toast.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 slices seeded rye bread

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

1/4 teaspoon hot paprika

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

4 large eggs

6 slices Swiss cheese

1/2 pound thinly sliced corned beef

1 cup drained sauerkraut

Snipped fresh chives, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a large baking sheet, toast the bread for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom.
  3. Fill a large deep skillet about halfway with water and heat over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear on the bottom.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Season the sauce generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir the vinegar and a generous pinch of salt into the hot water in the skillet. One at a time, crack the eggs into a small bowl and very carefully slide them into the water. Poach over medium heat until the whites are just firm and the yolks are runny, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a plate.
  6. Meanwhile, top each toast with a slice and a half of cheese, one-quarter of the corned beef and 1/4 cup of the sauerkraut. Bake for about 5 minutes more, until the cheese is just melted. Top each toast with a poached egg and drizzle with the Reuben sauce. Sprinkle with snipped chives and serve immediately.
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