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The Quintessential New York-Style Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Craving a savory, tangy, and utterly delicious sandwich that's a classic favorite? Look no further than the timeless New York-style Reuben. With succulent corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, creamy Russian dressing, and rye bread, this sandwich is the ultimate indulgence. Dive into our step-by-step guide and make your own mouth-watering Reuben today!

New York Style Reuben Sandwich


  • 8 slices of rye bread

  • 1 lb corned beef, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry

  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese

  • 1/2 cup Russian dressing

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

For the Russian Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tbsp ketchup

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion

  • 1 tbsp dill pickle relish

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Prepare the Russian Dressing:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, dill pickle relish, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well until all ingredients are well-blended.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Place the dressing in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld together.

2. Assemble the Sandwich:

  • Spread a generous amount of Russian dressing on one side of each rye bread slice.

  • On four slices of bread, layer the corned beef, followed by the sauerkraut, and then a slice of Swiss cheese.

  • Top each with the remaining slices of rye bread, dressing side down.

3. Cook the Reuben:

  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.

  • Butter the outside of each sandwich.

  • Once the skillet is hot, place the sandwiches in the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.

  • Remove from the skillet and let sit for a minute before slicing.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Slice each Reuben sandwich in half and serve immediately. Pair with a dill pickle and some potato chips for an authentic New York deli experience!

Pro Tip: Always use freshly sliced corned beef from the deli counter for the most authentic flavor. And remember, the key to a great Reuben is the balance of tang from the sauerkraut and creaminess from the Russian dressing. For a twist on the reuben sandwich recipe, consider swapping the corned beef for pastrami.


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