Give this classic Reuben Sandwich a try! If you’ve never found the perfect Reuben sandwich, your search is officially over!

Dish Count :: 1 Skillet, 1 Bowl, 1 Baking Sheet

Classic Reuben Sandwich -

Do you ever go to restaurants with high hopes that you have found the perfect place for the perfect lunch, a classic sandwich perhaps, and you only find it to be overly greasy and disappointing? I know, me too. It happens so often! Especially when it  comes to one of my favorites, the Reuben Sandwich. But no more!

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A while ago, I got a surprise copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s latest cookbook The New Family Cookbook, which has 1,100 new recipes from the Boston based kitchen. Hello! It’s brilliant, with anything you could possibly ever need. And they had my Reuben!

There has only ever been one restaurant that came close to meeting my Reuben  sandwich dreams, but my wallet just wasn’t allowing it as a long term nutritional strategy. So this quickly took it’s place. And hello, Dolly. Incredible! The little tips and tricks that ATK incorporates into this recipe means that it’s not the greasy thing we’ve come to know about Reuben’s from restaurants, and it’s not just a carby Russian dressing slathered monstrosity.

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This is a sandwich work of art. And you need it in your life. 

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Classic Reuben Sandwich

  • Author: Country Cleaver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Give this classic Reuben Sandwich a try! If you’ve never found the perfect Reuben sandwich, your search is officially over!


  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Relish
  • 2 Tbsp Cocktail Sauce
  • 1 cup Sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 8 slices Rye Bread
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 12 ounces Corned Beef, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (to keep sandwiches hot while you cook the others).
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mayo, pickle relish, and cocktail sauce.
  3. In a non-stick saute pan cook the sauerkraut, vinegar and brown sugar over medium high heat until the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl or plate.
  4. Brush one side of each slice of rye bread with butter. Flip over and spread the other side of all the slices with the mayo mixture.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches  by dividing Swiss Cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, corned beef and a little more swiss. This will help layer the sandwich and help the cheese stick it all together.
  6. Heat the non-stick skillet over medium heat and place two sandwiches into the skillet, cooking until deep golden brown on each side, gently flipping.
  7. Remove and place in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat cooking of other two sandwiches. Serve hot.


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*Fine Print* ATK Sent me a copy of this lovely cookbook to review. I was not compensated for this post. I just love ATK and everything they do.