At the cafe one of our hot specials is a reuben. It is absolutely delicious. Today when I saw we had sauerkraut in the fridge and it had less than 5 ingredients (yay!) I had the idea to make a healthy twist on that delicious German style sandwich. I did realize before I made it that this is one of those hit or miss operations. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it turned out (surprisingly) pretty darn good. I think it might be good with Roast Beef or Turkey also, but all I had today was chicken so I went with that. Since I am on this 15 day Challenge I can't have the pickles in my refrigerator, so I made my own twist on a pickle. I had cucumbers that I diced, Red Wine Vinegar, and sea salt, so I through them all together with some dill and voila-- relish! I didn't spend time letting it marinate together, but I think the flavors still came out in the homemade Thousand Island Dressing I made them for. Also, it was difficult not being able to use the swiss cheese I had in the fridge because it was from the deli and I don't know if it was processed or not or had more than 5 ingredients (see Rules). I found some Pecorino-Romano in the fridge though that had exactly 5 ingredients so I melted that in the micro and used that. Without further ado, here is my recipe for a healthy reuben. Guten Appetit!
Reuben's Healthy Sister
Whole Wheat Bread, two slices (alternatively I recommend Rye... I just don't have any right now)
Swiss Cheese, two slices or more depending on your taste (I used melted Pecorino-Romano, see above)
Carved Turkey (White meat), Grilled Chicken, or Roast Beef
1/2 cup sauerkraut, fresh
apple sauce, 1-2 tbs
1 tsp carraway seeds
Thousand Island Dressing (See recipe below)
butter (as usual I used Wegman's organic), to spread on each slice of bread before grilling
Thousand Island Dressing
1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt (instead of mayonnaise)
1 tbs minced tomatoes
1/2 tsp minced capers
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea salt
pinch freshly ground pepper
2 tsp dill relish (I put about 3 tbs diced cucumbers, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp dill, and about 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar in a bowl and let it sit for a bit)
In a separate bowl mix the sauerkraut, apple sauce and caraway seeds, set aside.
Place a griddle over medium heat on stove. Butter two slices of bread (one side per slice) and put buttered side on grill. Place swiss cheese on top of each slice of bread. Allow cheese to melt. Place meat on griddle just until warmed (less than a minute per side (more or less depending on thickness of meat). When cheese has melted, add meat to one side of the sandwich. Spread 1 tbs of homemade Thousand Island Dressing on top of the melted cheese on the other side of the sandwich. Put sauerkraut on griddle for a minute just until it's warm. Don't overcook and dry it out though. Put sauerkraut on top of the side of the sandwich with the melted cheese and dressing. Take both slices of bread off of grill carefully, plop one side of the sandwich on top of the other, et voila! Cut in half diagonally and you have your Classic Reuben's Healthy Sister Sandwich!