Reuben Sandwiches with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage
My husband looks forward to Reuben Sandwiches with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage all year. This year he adopted the phrase, “Irish Thanksgiving” because it’s the one day of year we spend cooking Irish food all day. Now, when I say Irish, it’s more like American Irish since reuben sandwiches were created after the Irish immigrated to America.
This year we celebrated early because he has to work on St. Patrick’s Day. But just like any holiday, it doesn’t matter when you celebrate, all that matters is that you’re enjoying your day with your loved ones.
When I was a kid, we went to my grandparent’s house every St. Patrick’s Day. My grandma would make Reuben Sandwiches with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage, just like I do today.
Funny thing about the reuben sandwich — as a kid I wouldn’t try one, but now I absolutely love them! My kid self thought they sounded gross. Rye bread – yuck! Sauerkraut and Swiss cheese — I don’t think so! So my grandma would make my reuben with white bread, different cheese and no sauerkraut. But every year she’d ask me to try it the “right” way. One year, I decided to break out of my comfort zone and give a real reuben a try. And to my surprise it was so good! And not just good, but the best sandwich I had ever had! Even though I didn’t like a lot of the ingredients, somehow together they tasted so great! So now, when anyone snubs their nose at a reuben, I always tell them that even though it sounds like you might not like, just give it a try, you’ll probably like it.
“Try it, you’ll like it!” Now I sound like a preschool cartoon. Anyone else remember Yo Gabba Gabba? My daughter loved that show! The songs were so catchy they’d get stuck in my head all day.
Now back to the tasty Irish food. Just like me, my husband didn’t want to try a reuben. He had never had a reuben before and during our first year of marriage, I actually went to a deli and bought myself a sandwich because he didn’t want to try one. The next year, I was able to convince him to try the sandwich. Now, almost 13 years later he looks forward to his Reuben Sandwich with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage, all year.
Reuben Sandwiches with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage is a simple meal to prepare, it’s just time consuming. The corned beef brisket takes 3-4 hours to cook. Then, I like to cook the veggies in the beef broth because you’ll get all those yummy corned beef flavors infused in the veggies. However, I do strain the broth first, that way the fat, pieces of meat and herbs and seasonings from the meat don’t end up on the veggies.
The key to a perfect reuben is so use two slices of Swiss cheese. If you layer all the sandwich goodies between the cheese slices, you’ll end up with a perfectly balanced sandwich that doesn’t fall apart. I also like to put the pickles on the sandwich. Traditionally, dill pickles are served on the side but I think sliced dill pickles and sauerkraut together are so tasty. I also spread a little Irish butter on the outsides of the sandwich before I grill it. Usually I grill it on a cast iron skillet and use a cast iron sandwich press to weigh the reuben down. The sandwich press keeps the heat in and squishes the sandwich down which leads to the perfectly grilled reuben.
Then serve your sandwich along side some red potatoes, carrots and cabbage topped with a dollop of Irish butter, salt and pepper. Yum!
If you haven’t decided what to cook this St. Patrick’s Day I highly suggest you try Reuben Sandwiches with Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage. They’re just so delicious!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!