American Classic and Most Popular Reuben Sandwich Recipe

The Reuben Sandwich is a delicious American Classic that is most popular in Omaha, Nebraska.
Blog Post: The Reuben sandwich is a classic American sandwich that has become popular in the greater Omaha area and throughout the rest of the USA. It consists of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread. The Reuben sandwich is named after Reuben Kulakofsky, a professional poker player that developed a keen interest in food and cooking.
To kick off our series of American Classic recipes we’re going to show you how to make a delicious

How to Make a Delicious Reuben Sandwich?

Reubens are one of the most popular sandwiches ever. It’s that simple! It belongs on the sandwich Mt. Rushmore, the BLT and Banh Mi are also included. It is made on rye, one of the most popular sandwich bread. The rye balances the salty, cured beef with tart sauerkraut, mild, almost creamy, melted Swiss. Russian dressing is another great option.

Reuben Sandwich

It is believed that the original sandwich was invented in the early 1900s. It is still a staple deli item that has been tweaked time and again. (See our Rueben Egg Rolls see a new twist on any leftovers).

Good Reubens should be loaded. We can guarantee that this one is! You can make your own Russian dressing or purchase ready-made. But you must use plenty! This is the glue that holds this fantastic sandwich together.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices of rye bread
  • 8 pieces of deli sliced corned meat
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing


  • Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.
  • Butter one side of each bread slice lightly. Spread Thousand Island dressing on the sides of non-buttered bread. Layer 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 2 pieces of corned beef, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, and the second slice of Swiss Cheese on 4 bread slices. Cover remaining bread slices with butter, and then top it off.
  • Grill sandwiches for 5 minutes on each side. Serve immediately

Which Steak Should You Use to Make Cheesesteak?

A nice steak should have some marbling fat and be tender. The fat will melt as the steak cooks and make each piece very tender. My preference is rib eye, which has better marbling but is more expensive. A top round is also an option for a cheesesteak. Avoid using brisket or flank steak. The final sandwich will be very chewy.

Reuben Sandwich

What kind of cheese should you use on Philly Cheesesteaks

You have two choices: Cheez Whiz or provolone. This is a shelf-stable cheese product that comes in jars. American cheese can be quite delicious if I am being truthful. But let’s not forget the classic cheese.

I prefer to use both. When the steak is done, I spread some provolone on it and drizzle some Cheez Whiz over it. The Cheez Whiz texture and the rich flavor of the provolone make this sandwich my favorite. Provolone is sharper than Cheez Whiz, while Cheez Whiz has a creamy texture that resembles nacho cheese.

It can be made however you want. You can use either one or both.

Swaps and Substitutions

  • Once you know the basics of the sandwich, you can either keep it simple or make it your own. You have the option! Here are some ideas:
  • Instead of using steak, use thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • Sauteed mushrooms can be added to the sandwich
  • It can be made into a pizza cheesesteak using marinara, mozzarella, and other ingredients.


The Reuben Sandwich is an American classic. This sandwich is a great way to use leftover corned beef or try out some corned beef for the first time. There are many variations on the Reuben Sandwich recipe, so we’re sharing the most popular and classic version. We hope you enjoy it!

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