The Reuben sandwich is a great way to showcase homemade fermented foods. Everything in it is fermented. The sauerkraut, rye bread, cheese… whether you use the traditional corned beef* or the vegetarian alternative tempeh… it’s all fermented!
*Corned beef is not technically fermented, it is salt cured… however, all the other ingredients are fermented!*
Best of all, the Reuben sandwich is seriously delicious.
- Russian Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp finely chopped onion.
- Rye bread
- Sauerkraut (drained)
- Swiss cheese
- Thinly sliced tempeh (or corned beef)
- Mix together the ingredients for the Russian dressing in a bowl.
- Lay out two pieces of bread for each sandwich on a cookie sheet and toast under the broiler until just starting to brown.
- Spread a thin layer of Russian dressing on each slice of bread (top and bottom slices) .
- Cover the bottom slice of bread with a layer of corn beef or tempeh, followed by a layer of sauerkraut, and top with Swiss cheese.
- Place the second slice of bread on top of the cheese, then butter the top of the sandwich.
- Broil on low until cheese is melted and the bread is well toasted.
I’m hoping that this recipe will encourage you to try making your own fermented foods!
- Sauerkraut is a very easy ferment to start off with.
- Dijon mustard is not that difficult either.
- Sourdough rye bread is a no-kneed bread that just requires a bit of patience.
- Cheese and tempeh are definitely more advanced, but still very fun to make! Why not try something new?