Miniature Reuben Sandwiches make perfect appetizers for any occasion but they are particularly appreciated when football season is in full swing. They are quick and easy to prepare assembly line style but it does take a little time to pass them under the broiler.
The Reuben has always been a part of my sandwich “repertoire”. We love a hearty Russian rye bread for just about any sandwich but it becomes the perfect foil for left over corned beef, crispy kraut and aged Swiss cheese.
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Miniature Reuben Sandwiches Make Perfect Appetizers
Broil the sandwich until the bread becomes crisp and the cheese bubbles up. The result is a sandwich worthy of being the main attraction on any dinner table. All you need with this sandwich is a bowl of soup for a comforting evening meal.
Make it as the “first course” on game day while the hungry men in the family impatiently wait for the rest of their traditional football watching favorite make it to the table.
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Perfect Game Day Appetizer…
I created this mini version of a Reuben sandwich for a family gathering. After driving a long distance to attend, many of our guests needed to eat something a little more substantial than peanuts and pretzels before driving back home.
While the sauce can be prepared ahead of time, the sauerkraut drained and patted dry, with the meat and cheese cut to size – these sandwiches do take a little time to assemble.
I never have to ask for help 😉 because someone is always more than willing to taste the corned beef.
You want to serve the sandwich right out of the oven! They cannot be prepared ahead of time. I would also recommend buying more meat and cheese than you think you will need. These little bites of goodness have a way of disappearing as quickly as you remove them from the oven and set them on the table.
In our family, football season means both soccer and football! It is serious business with team and game stats involved. Food too. Over the years, we’ve developed a game day menu from which we occasionally deviate.
However, you can rest assured that the venue is loud, the fans highly animated and I stay out of the way – in the kitchen. I don’t even need to watch the game as even minor penalties are announced long before the referees make them!
It’s not football without certain snacks – ordered from the source because they have to be authentic. Authentic Pennsylvania. Soft pretzels are my favorite.
Serve them hot out of the oven (to make mini croque monsieurs – use sourdough ) with a side of Kosher baby dill pickles, kettle cooked potato chips and cold draft beer (for those who are not designated drivers!). Be prepared for the silence that ensues while they are eating.
Let’s Make Some Sandwiches!
Miniature version of a classic sandwich. Perfect as a hearty appetizer but super size it and you have the perfect side for a bowl of soup.
- 1 (8oz) loaf of Party Rye slices (the square loaf found in the deli section of the supermarket)
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon horseradish (or to taste)
- Well drained sauerkraut (pat dry on a paper towel)
- 3/4 to 1 lb. thinly sliced corned beef
- 8 ounces of sliced, aged imported Swiss cheese (has more “bite” than ordinary Swiss)
- Chopped parsley is optional
- Note: I use an 8 ounce can of Libby’s® “Crispy” Kraut but if you anticipate making a double batch, get the 14 1/2 ounce can.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Arrange slices on a large cookie sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish and some chopped parsley until well blended.
- Spread mayo mixture on each slice of rye then top with corned beef, sauerkraut and then cheese.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.
- You could use the toaster oven, but broil instead of bake. In this case, you want all your ingredients to be at room temperature as the mini sandwiches will spend a considerably shorter amount of time being “heated”.
- Serve immediately and watch them fly off the platter.
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Note: You can also replace both the mayo and horseradish with a comparable amount (1/4 cup) of Woeber’s® Horseradish Sauce.
Nothing says you can’t add more horseradish to the sauce…or more chili.
Just make sure the spread is not watery – it needs to keep the consistency of a spread so as not to soak into the bread. By the way, Woeber’s® has a nice little kick – The taste is great on other sandwiches.
And…what do you do when you run out of corned beef? Well, you reach for the bag of black forest ham. Omit the sauerkraut.
If you run out of Swiss cheese, you could top them off with Pepper Jack or American cheese but it simply does not taste the same.
Just keep a close eye on these pieces as the American cheese browns much faster than the Swiss.
Pssst…there’s more than one way to prepare delicious Reuben sandwiches!
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