This delectable sandwich recipe, which includes layers of sliced roasted turkey, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and creamy coleslaw, is attributed to Chris Schlesinger.
The exact origin of the Reuben sandwich remains a subject of debate. Some believe it originated around 1914, created by Arnold Reuben, the proprietor of Reuben’s Restaurant in New York City. Alternatively, it is suggested that the sandwich was the invention of Reuben Kolakofsky, a grocer from Nebraska. The classic Reuben is a grilled sandwich typically made with rye bread, filled with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing.
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The Rachel sandwich, a delightful twist on the iconic Reuben, swaps the traditional corned beef for either turkey or pastrami and replaces sauerkraut with coleslaw, while retaining the Swiss cheese and rye bread. Both the Rachel and its cousin, the Reuben, pair wonderfully with sour pickles and can be served with either potato chips or potato salad. If you’re unfamiliar with the Rachel, it’s a must-try variation. This sandwich is not only easy to prepare but also combines ingredients in a way that creates an ultimate grilled cheese experience. It’s a comfort food that truly stands out with its unique flavors and textures.
This scrumptious Rachel Sandwich, akin to the Reuben Sandwich, swaps out the traditional corned beef for turkey and replaces sauerkraut with coleslaw. If you’re a fan of the Reuben, it’s highly likely that the Rachel’s flavors will win you over too. This mouth-watering treat can be whipped up in under ten minutes, making it a sure hit among friends and family. Around here, we have a special fondness for outstanding sandwiches. There’s something uniquely satisfying about a warm, toasted sandwich for lunch.
My homemade Russian dressing is an ideal spread for sandwiches, particularly delightful in a grilled sandwich. It’s not only excellent for salads but truly shines in this dish. The dressing is crafted from a blend of freshly grated onion, creamy mayonnaise, tangy ketchup, piquant ground horseradish, and a dash of hot sauce. These simple yet flavorful ingredients come together effortlessly, creating a delectable condiment.
I have a strong preference for preparing this dressing from scratch. Doing so allows me to fine-tune the flavors and choose quality ingredients. However, for those pressed for time, a store-bought Russian dressing can also serve as a suitable and tasty alternative in this recipe.
RECIPE SUGGESTIONS AND PRACTICAL ADVICE
Opt for high-quality rye, pumpernickel, or a mix of both, and consider trying fresh sourdough bread for a different flavor.
The dressing can be prepared several days ahead of time.
To remove the coldness from sliced turkey without cooking it, microwave it for about 45 seconds at 50% power. This ensures your sandwich is evenly warm and deliciously hot.
Loosely cover the skillet with aluminum foil to evenly warm the sandwich and achieve perfectly melted cheese.
Any high-quality creamy coleslaw is suitable. Sometimes, I use leftover homemade coleslaw or buy a small amount from a preferred local grocery store.
These sandwiches are best served immediately after grilling, when the cheese is melted, the sandwich is hot, and the bread is crispy.
The Reuben and Rachel sandwiches are similar but have distinct differences. Both are served on rye bread with Swiss cheese and either thousand island or Russian dressing. However, the main difference lies in the choice of meat and the type of cabbage preparation. The Reuben sandwich features corned beef and sauerkraut, while the Rachel sandwich uses turkey and creamy coleslaw. These differences give each sandwich its unique flavor profile, allowing for a delightful variation on a similar theme. You can enjoy them as they are or experiment by adding your own twist to create a new culinary experience.
Here are some more delightful sandwich recipes for you to try:
Triple Layer Club Sandwich: Imagine a sandwich with layers of savory ham, roasted turkey, and crispy bacon, accompanied by fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, rich cheddar cheese, and a generous spread of mayonnaise on each layer of toasted bread. This triple-decker delight is a classic that’s sure to satisfy.
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches: Perfect for social gatherings like potlucks, game days, or movie nights, these Italian Beef Sandwiches are a breeze to make in a crock pot. The slow cooking process ensures the beef is tender and flavorful, making these sandwiches an all-time favorite.
Monte Cristo Sandwich: A gourmet twist on the regular sandwich, the Monte Cristo combines ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese between slices of white bread. The unique part? The sandwich is dipped in egg batter and fried to a golden brown, offering a delightful mix of savory and slightly sweet flavors.
Classic Fried Egg Sandwich: For a quick and delicious meal, you can’t go wrong with a Fried Egg Sandwich. It’s simple yet satisfying, combining a perfectly fried egg with your choice of bread. It’s a dish that brings comfort and flavor, ideal for any time of the day.
Each of these recipes offers a unique taste experience, ranging from the hearty and rich to the simple and comforting. Enjoy experimenting with these sandwich delights!