Rueben-ish Sandwich

reuben sandwich
Today I will instruct you on how to make my version of the Reuben sandwich – a sandwich made famous by someone, but it is one of those culinary historical events that are damn near fucking impossible to pin down one actual origin for. Thus I shall be calling this a Reuben-ish sandwich, as I shall be basically making it with ingredients I have on hand and/or are readily available in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, and not even referring to any type of kitchen tested, pre-typed, recipe AKA. I shall be winging it.

Since making this sandwich I have well and truly fell in love with this Russian dressing business. Once again I have created my own version of said dressing, thus it shall be known as the Russian-esque dressing.

Oh yeah, and I put some really nice ham in there too, just because I really like the idea of ham in this sandwich/burger and not at all because that is what goes into a Reuben sandwich. This shit just keeps getting better and better!

I will be putting all of these almost-Reuben sandwich ingredients together using sorta-sense-making sentences.

So as you should be able to see by now, this is the usual miss-matched, slung together, fly by the seat of your pants, shit you have grown to expect from foodisthebestshitever. You’re welcome. For what I’m not sure, but you truly are very welcome ☺.

Pile it up exactly like a bossss
Pile it up exactly like a bossss

Get your pickles ready... I will give you the recipe for these in a post or two
Get your pickles ready… I will give you the recipe for these in a post or two

Nommy nommy goodness
Nommy nommy goodness


3-4 slices pastrami (or I am been led to believe that corned beef will also do a grand job here)
2-3 slices decent ham
1 slice Swiss cheese
½ cup sauerkraut
A good slather of Russian dressing (recipe below)
A burger bun or sliced bread
Some pickles and potato crisps to serve

• For toasted sandwich stylee; put everything together between two slices of quality bread (rye is traditional, but I’m pretty sure this whole thing is about giving traditional a “cheeky one” roughly from behind, so just use whatever bread you damn well feel like), get a little butter and oil in a pan over medium heat and then fry sandwich for 2 or so minutes each side until browned and toasty and warm. Once again, eat it in your face
• For the burger stylee; heat the meats through in a pan over medium flame. Once warmed pile meats on top of each other so they will fit in your bun and put cheese on top to melt a little. Put meat pile onto base of burger bun, put sauerkraut on top and then Russian dressing. Eat it in your face


1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup tomato sauce (ketchup)
¼ cup diced onion (from roughly ½ small onion)
¼ cup chopped dill pickles
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon each Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce

• Pulse all ingredients in a food processer until combined or chop the onion and pickles nice and fine and mix it all together in a bowl
• Left over dressing is relly good to dip chips (French fries) into, or pretty much just put it on everything…

Bye bye
Bye bye

16 responses to “Rueben-ish Sandwich”

  1. Oh my…I suddenly just got really hungry. I love Russian-esque dressing! We make a variation of it quite often, but never put onions in it. I’ll do it next time. What a good looking sandwich Graz! Looking forward to that pickle post.

    1. Im getting hungry thinking about it again. I luuuurve that Russian-esque number. The onions make it I think! Cheers my friend 😁

  2. 9.12 am on a Sunday morning and I have this to say. I Want That Sandwich. Good work Food. I haven’t forgotten your Russian-esque dressing, I have been trying to avoid Mayo (just for a bit) but the resolve is wavering my friend. I am as wobbly as a blancmange in the face of such deliciousness.

    1. Blancmange. I’m impressed you got that in there Mrs Cheer. Very impressed indeed 😁

      1. Why thank you, a totally underused word in my opinion. 😁

  3. A exceedingly fucking good sandwich….love pastrami but haven’t had any since we left London….very handsome piece of gear:)

    1. Shit man. Thanks. Since I’ve found a local guy making kickass pastrami I’ve been making these things full time 😜

  4. Aw jesus dude.
    Why can’t we make one of these instead of sushi!?!
    This – I can do 😀

    1. Bahaha. Reuben sushi? Surely that’s feesible?? PS. I do believe the sushi was your idea D 😜😜😜

      1. I know and I’ve been regretting it all day while I was grocery shopping for it and a goddamn bamboo mat.

      2. I think you could create a really good magazine that is actually inettesring. The majority of magazines that I have read and bought a few issues of have always been about: dieting, new ways to get a guy interested in you and they are just filled with adverts rather than reading material. Good Luck, I really hope you win this! And if you do, I know you will do a great job.

      3. Vilka underbara bilder! Älskar verkligen Josef Franks mönster. Har just nu ett par kuddar frÃ¥n Indiska i soffan, men är himla sugen pÃ¥ att byta till Frank. Det är dock inte helt gratis…

  5. Good recipe once again! Forget new year roast,new year sandwich!!

    1. Bahaha. Sandwich for entree and roast for main??

      1. Not sure.. Sandwich would have to be smaller!

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