Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Many of the ingredients in the recipe following are approximate and solely to my own taste. While I thought my reuben tasted great, I understand those people who love a lot of sauerkraut (and honestly unless you're eating a bratwurst, how often do you get to eat sauerkraut?) or like a really cheesey sandwich. So feel free to tweak the recipe! This makes about 3 sandwiches but it really depends on the bread, mine seemed smallish.
6 oz package sliced portobello mushrooms
1 very small yellow onion or half of a large one chopped
2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup sauerkraut
3 slices swiss cheese
6 slices good rye bread
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp chopped capers
1 tsp lemon juice
Optional: chopped fresh dill
1. In a skillet heat up olive oil on medium heat and then add chopped onion. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Then add the sliced mushrooms and stir around. Add about 1/2 cup water, cover and reduce the heat to medium low. Allow all of the water to cook out and the mushrooms are tender. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl and wash out skillet.
2. While mushrooms are cooking, whisk together all of the ingredients for the Russian dressing.
3. Assemble sandwiches to place in the recently cleaned skillet like so: spread margarine on one side of the bread, on the other spread some of the russian dressing. Place margarine side down in the skillet and then top with some of the mushroom mixture, then sauerkraut and then the swiss cheese. Place another piece of bread on top and spread margarine on the outside of the bread. Cook on medium heat for about two minutes on each side.
4. Repeat for two more sandwiches.
Things I might change: this recipe has really convinced me that I want to try to make my own sauerkraut that I could use in these. I would also advise shredded cheese instead of slices like I used so it is easier to control the amount of cheese in the sandwich. Some of mine were too gooey if there is such a thing. As a note too, be sure to use a fork to get the sauerkraut out of the jar so that you can sort of drain it and the sandwich doesnt get soggy.