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Smoked Salmon  Reuben Sandwich

I had something like this in a restaurant for lunch and thought it was heavenly. When sauerkraut is fermented naturally (and not pasteurized) it is full of beneficial enzymes and has a very fresh taste.  For a non-dairy version use avocado slices instead of cheese.

Optional condiment
2 teaspoons pickle relish
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Pinch of salt

pound smoked salmon
8 slices rye or whole grain sourdough bread
4 slices Havarti or Swiss cheese
1 cup sauerkraut
4 teaspoons butter

If you like the idea of a little Russian-style dressing on your reuben, put the relish, ketchup and mayonnaise in a small bowl and stir together to blend.  Some folks prefer mustard on their reuben and that's cool too

Cut salmon into thin, square-ish  slices.  The best way is to bring the knife into the slab horizontally so that you get flat, thin pieces perfect for a sandwich. Spread preferred condiment on each side of the bread.  Place cheese on one side, salmon on the other.  Put of the sauerkraut on top of the salmon.  Put the two pieces of loaded bread together carefully. Repeat for 3 more sandwiches. 

Heat 2 teaspoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place sandwiches in the skillet, salmon side down and brown the bread.  While the lower bread is browning, spread the second teaspoon of butter on the face of the top bread slices. 

After a few minutes (use a spatula and peek to make sure the bottom bread is browned), flip the sandwiches over, cover skillet with a lid and heat sandwiches until you can see that the cheese has started to melt. 

Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Preparation time 10-15 minutes
Makes 4 sandwiches

SERVE IT WITH:  Tomato Basil Soup

Original recipe, 2011, Cynthia Lair


JoAnn Christensen
My mouth is watering! And there's no better recipe for a happy marriage than to escape to a local hotel - with or without mirrors!
March 18, 2010, 1:21 pm

Carol Bridges
Too funny! This is my first visit to your site and I love it! Can't wait to try the sandwich. Thanks!
March 18, 2010, 3:06 pm

Chelsea M
My mom and I were so excited for Jane that Phil called about her gloves! Woo hoo! Go Jane! Now he just needs to come over for dinner. It's a match made in PCC Heaven.
March 18, 2010, 9:12 pm

Michelle Cannon
Oh my God, Cynthia, you are a genius! Yes, that looks like the best sandwich ever. Weekend before last, I made/started a batch of sauerkraut (my first ever). I've been waiting impatiently for it to culture, and now that it's about done, I feel like I've hit the jackpot with the sandwich. Thank you!!!
March 19, 2010, 5:51 pm

rita munn
Love your videos. I teach culinary arts to our highschool students who attend our local homeschool cooperative. Your videos are fantastic for them to watch.(someone usually brings their lap top to class) Bought your cook book and plan to cook our class through the recipes next semester. Thank you rita munn
March 22, 2010, 4:40 am

Cynthia Lair
Rita, Thank you for sharing this with us. When we get notes like this, we know we are succeeding in our mission.
March 22, 2010, 8:43 am

Marilyn McClellan
This is the second time lately that the podcast stops half way through.
March 23, 2010, 2:15 pm

Holly Allison
Oh my! I thought I was hungry before I watched this video, but now I'm starving! Can't wait to make this, unfortunately, it won't be today as I'm stuck at work (and working hard, mind you!). Thanks again for another great idea! xoxoxo
September 15, 2010, 1:04 pm

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