So, a few weeks ago I came across this article in the NY Times Food section about the supposed history of the Reuben and of course my mouth began to water!
There are other accounts claiming to be the Reuben's inventor. Arnold Reuben a German delicatessen owner in New York City could have been the creator?
According to a newspaper interview, the "Reuben Special" was created around 1914, earlier than the Blackstone's sandwich.
The truth may never come out, but whoever created it, is a genius! I wish I was sinking my teeth into one at this very minute!
Here is an easy recipe if you can't find a good old-fashioned greasy spoon in your neighborhood.
Classic Reuben Sandwich
"Special" Sauce/Thousand Island
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup ketchup
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons grated onion, with juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Salt and pepper
Rye Bread, sliced
Swiss Cheese, sliced
Sauerkraut, well drained
Thinly sliced corned beef
Stir together all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
Lay two pieces of bread on a cutting board and spread sauce on each piece. Place one slice of cheese on each piece of bread, then spread a spoonful of sauerkraut on one slice of the bread. Layer several pieces of corned beef on the other slice of bread. Carefully close the sandwich.
Preheat griddle over low heat. Spread the top of the sandwich with a small amount of butter, then place butter side down on hot griddle. Butter the other side of the sandwich. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bread golden brown, turning once.
Place on a cutting board and let stand for one minute before cutting and serving.
Recipe courtesy of Mississippi Kitchen, but there are approximately 441,587 Reuben recipes on the Internet. Thank you very much!
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