Rueban Sandwich1

Grilled Rueben Sandwich

The Reuben sandwich may not be Irish, but the corned beef that its made with has its origins there. Until 1825, the Irish were the biggest exporters of corned beef.

Did you know that the term “corned” comes from putting meat in a large crock, covering it with rock-salt kernels of salt (referred to as “corns of salt”).

Now that we’ve fed our minds, let’s feed our bellies and make some of these delicious mile-high sandwiches!

Rueban Sandwich1

Rueban Sandwich1

Grilled Rueben Sandwich

Marla Hingley
Pile this sandwich as high as your mouth will open!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4


  • GF Bread - Pumpernickel or your favorite GF bread sliced
  • GF Corned Beef
  • Sauerkraut
  • GF cheese - Swiss Gouda or Gruyere, sliced
  • GF sauce - mustard prepared horseradish, Russian Dressing*, or Thousand Islands Dressing**, to spread
  • Ground Pepper
  • Butter or margarine to spread

Note: no amounts are given, use as much or as little of each as you like


    • Warm corned beef, set aside. Warm sauerkraut (simmer in GF beer for added flavor), drain and set aside.
    • To assemble sandwich, butter (or try mayo!) the outsides of the bread, flip then add sauce of your choice to the inside. Stack with corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese and sprinkle with about 1/4 tsp caraway seeds and pepper, then top with a (outside) buttered bread slice.
    • Gently place into a heated fry pan and grill until golden (or use panini press). Carefully flip and cover with lid (to help melt cheese). Once golden, remove and serve immediately.


    *Russian Dressing
    1/3 cup GF mayonnaise
    1 1/2 Tbsp ketchup
    1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
    1/2 tsp GF Worcestershire sauce
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    **Thousand Island Dressing
    1/2 cup GF mayonnaise
    2 Tbsp ketchup
    1 Tbsp vinegar
    2 tsp sugar
    2 tsp sweet pickle relish
    1 tsp white onion, finely minced
    1/8 tsp salt
    1 dash black pepper
    Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
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    One Comment

    1. Delish O lish! (her words)
      This is Billie’s (wife) favorite sandwich. She always orders a rueben when it is on the menu. I think we have a winner. I did a little tweaking to adjust for her taste, but not much. Thanks for a touch of a favorite.

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