Reuben Dog

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Reuben Dog
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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Ready in
25 m
4
Servings
1024
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
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
57g
88%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
21g
100%
Cholesterol
282mg
94%
Protein
95g
100%
Carbs
33g
11%
Vitamin A
149µg
17%
Vitamin B12
10µg
100%
Vitamin B6
2mg
100%
Vitamin C
12mg
20%
Vitamin D
0.6µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
1mg
6%
Vitamin K
23µg
29%
Calcium
624mg
62%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
38µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
99µg
25%
Folic acid
36µg
N/A
Iron
10mg
54%
Magnesium
116mg
29%
Monounsaturated
19g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
19mg
95%
Phosphorus
1145mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
16g
N/A
Potassium
1506mg
43%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
51.7%
Sodium
1265mg
53%
Thiamin (B1)
0.6mg
39.7%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
22mg
100%

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