Reuben Dog

Reuben Dog
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Reuben Dog
Emma Laperruque
Reuben Dog

Soon after it was invented by Bernard Schimmel, the Reuben won the National Sandwich Idea Contest in 1956. Now, nearly 60 years later, the combination of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing is still a deli favorite. It's definitely mine. Whenever I'm lucky enough to eat at a classic New York City deli for lunch, a Reuben is my go-to order — but I always swap out the corned beef for pastrami.

As much as I love the sandwich, though, I've never once made it at home. The lengthy cooking methods for both corned beef and pastrami completely contradict my sandwich ideal: a quick, no-fuss lunch or an easy weeknight dinner.

This recipe solves the problem. Changing the meat once again, I sub out pastrami for an all-beef, char-grilled hot dog, which I top with all the best parts of a Reuben: melted Swiss, hot sauerkraut, and tangy-sweet Russian dressing. 

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4
Servings
399
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2  Cup  mayonnaise
  • 2  Tablespoons  ketchup
  • 2  Tablespoons  relish
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/3  Cup  refrigerated sauerkraut, drained slightly
  • hot dog buns
  • beef franks
  • 1  Cup  grated Swiss cheese

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, and lemon juice to make the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Put the sauerkraut in a medium-sized sauté pan and cook over medium-low heat until warmed through. Remove from the heat and cover the pan. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the dog buns on it. 

With a knife, score each frank 6 or so times on a diagonal line. This will ensure even cooking and a crisp char. Preheat a grill on medium-high heat. Grill the hot dogs until charred to your liking, about 4 minutes per side. 

Turn the broiler to high. Place the hot dogs in the buns. Sprinkle each with ¼ cup grated Swiss cheese. Put the baking sheet under broiler, and with the oven door open, watch carefully until the cheese is just melted. 

To each hot dog, add 1/3 cup hot sauerkraut and spoon on some dressing. Serve immediately. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
26mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
56g
43%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
43µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
149mg
15%
Choline, total
12mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
62µg
16%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
369mg
53%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
1023mg
68%
Water
64g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Reuben Shopping Tip

Look to the deli for cold-cuts and cheeses sliced to order; they'll taste fresher than their vacuum-sealed counterparts.

Reuben Cooking Tip

For a more pronounced flavor, try drizzling your bread lightly with some olive oil and grilling it.