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Hot Reuben Melts

Hot Reuben Melts

Jessica Braider
This classic deli sandwich is such a quick and satisfying treat for dinner. If you like a sweeter taste, you can substitute coleslaw for the sauerkraut.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 8 slices rye or pumpernickel bread (use wheat/gluten-free bread, if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 lb. sliced corned beef, or use sliced pastrami, roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian deli slices
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut or coleslaw


  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the ketchup and mayonnaise to make Russian dressing.
  • On one side of each piece of bread, spread a thin layer of butter. On the non-buttered side of 4 slices of the bread, layer about 6 slices of corned beef, 1 slice of cheese, 1 large spoonful of sauerkraut or coleslaw, and about 1 Tbsp. of the dressing.
  • Press the top half of each sandwich on so the buttered sides of both pieces of bread are on the outside. (If you have picky eaters, serve the sauerkraut or coleslaw on the side of their sandwiches.)
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches on both sides, pressing them down with a spatula, until the outsides are nicely browned, 3 - 5 minutes per side. Remove them from the pan and slice the sandwiches on the diagonal to serve.


Do Ahead or Delegate: Prepare and refrigerate the Russian dressing, slice the bread and cheese if necessary and refrigerate the cheese, take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Use pastrami, which is more peppery, instead of regular corned beef.
Tip: Sauerkraut is thinly sliced cabbage that has been fermented in brine. It's got a distinctly pickled taste. If you find the taste too strong, rinsing it in water will help to mellow the flavor a bit (and reduce the sodium).
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 430, Total Fat: 16g, 25%; Saturated Fat: 6g, 30%; Cholesterol: 85mg, 28%; Sodium: 1790mg, 75%; Total Carbohydrate: 37g, 12%; Dietary Fiber: 5g, 20%; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 31g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, All, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Kid-Friendly, Low Fat, Lunch, Main Dish, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Sandwiches/Wraps, Spring, Summer, Super Scramble Express (20 minutes or less total), Vegetarian, Winter
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