Hello there!  

So I know I promised banana bread, but the recipe is a modified version of another recipe, and I want to make sure that I have permission to most my modified version before doing so.  Sorry, but never fear - you can make a reuben (or twenty) to console yourself.  I remember loving reubens back when I was younger, so I decided to create a veggie version of that classic sandwich seeing as I found myself craving a reuben like crazy this past Friday.

Now, according to wikipedia (who else loves good old wiki?  I don't understand why schools don't see it as a reliable source ;-) ), the classic version consists of rye bread, Russian or thousand island dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese.  First, the rye bread was swapped for wheat (actually, Rudi's double fiber) for two reasons.  One, I didn't have rye bread so improvising was necessary.  And two, I'm not particularly fond of rye bread to begin with.  I mean, it was always fine for the reuben, but I remember thinking that it would be better with a different kind of bread (my brother likes reubens with sourdough).  Second, for the dressing, I used this new find:
After loving their caesar dressing, I knew I would love this, and I was right.

In place of corned beef, I used sauteed mushrooms which turned out to be an awesome substitute.  Sauerkraut replaced sauerkraut?  Yeah, there's really no replacement for that.  Chopped cabbage just wouldn't cut it.  And instead of swiss cheese, I used provolone because, once again, that is what I had.  Normally, reubens are just grilled, but I decided to break out the panini press for this one.  

The result of all this?
Mushroom Reuben Panini

Serves 1

4 large white button mushrooms, sliced and then each slice cut in half
Butter and salt + pepper for sautéing 
2 slices bread of choice (I used Rudi's double fiber)
Olive oil spray or melted butter
2 tbsp Bolthouse Farms Thousand Island dressing (or other thousand island dressing of choice)
1 slice provolone cheese
1/3 cup sauerkraut, drained of excess moisture*

*I squeezed the 1/3 cup portion between several paper towels to remove the moisture.

Preheat the panini press.
Heat the butter in a small skillet and add the mushrooms.  Saute until they shrivel, brown, and release liquid, about five to ten minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, spray one side of each bread with olive oil or brush with melted butter.  Spread the other side of each piece of bread with one tablespoon of dressing (one tablespoon per slice).
When the mushrooms are done, lay them evenly over one slice of bread (dressing side up), top with the cheese, and then evenly distribute the sauerkraut over the cheese.  Lay the other piece of bread (dressing side down) on top.
Grill in the panini press until desired crispiness is reached (about three minutes on my panini press).
Just look at the grilled, cheesy awesomeness!  I plan on eating one of these everyday until I get too sick of them to even think of the word "reuben."  Somehow, I doubt I will ever reach that point.  I think summer will be over, and I will be back in school before such thoughts even wander into my sub-conscious thoughts, if they even exist.

They (who's they anyway?) say that grilled food is perfect for summer, so here's your chance!  Whether you're a reuben fan or not, give this a try.  I'm proud to announce that this sandwich has become ranked on my "top ten" sandwiches list.  It may not be number one (there's some pretty tough competitors out there), but I've had a lot of sandwiches in my days, so just being ranked is saying something.


Do you like reubens?


Talk to you all on Wednesday!  Have a great start to your week!
 


Comments

06/23/2013 10:15

I'm not really a fan of the reuben but I really like the ingredients you have in yours! I feel like I should start eating more sauerkraut because of the probiotics though.

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:51

I forgot about the probiotics in sauerkraut. The perfect excuse to make this reuben. ;-)

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06/23/2013 17:34

I like how mushrooms can be used in lieu of beef, like portabello burgers or how you used it here to replace corned beef! Will need to make this soon :D

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:52

When I first heard of mushroom as a "meat substitute" I was kind of skeptical, but not anymore! I guess I should have trusted good old mushrooms ;-)

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I don't think I have ever had a real reuben but this recipe seems like something I would like! I have seen that dressing around but haven't tried it. I may just pick it up the next time I see it!

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:54

It really is quite yummy. Their caesar version is my favorite though (obviously not for this sandwich but just as a dressing)!.

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This sounds SO tasty!! I have made a vegetarian reuben with tempeh before and loved it!

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:55

Oh using tempeh is a great idea! Lots of extra protein too!

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06/24/2013 08:52

This sounds so yummy!
I don't think I've ever even had a reuben before!

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:56

Perfect excuse to give it a try. ;-)

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06/24/2013 09:48

I've had about 2 reubens in my life, but that was all I needed to get hooked. I figured there was no way to even make it somewhat healthy so I sort of gave up! This looks amazing. I'm going grocery shopping in a few minutes, so maybe I can convince my mom to make these for dinner! :)

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Alex
06/25/2013 07:57

Reubens do seem to have quickly addicting powers. ;-) Let me know if you try it!

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06/24/2013 12:00

I LOVE Reuben sandwichs! We have the cutest little NY deli that makes the most amazing Reubens. It's line out the door delicious. I've never tried making them at home, it seems like a great idea for lunch.

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Alex
06/25/2013 08:00

That little deli sounds wonderful! Lines can be frustrating, but they're also THE sign of great food! :)

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06/24/2013 23:33

I've never tried a reuben but you are making me want to change that NOW! I'm a sucker for grilled cheese sandwiches but throw in some mushrooms? I'm in heaven :)

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Alex
06/25/2013 08:09

I actually don't think I've had a regular grilled cheese with mushrooms. But seeing as I love this, I think I should give it a try! :)

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I like any grilled sandwich so long as cheese is a part of it. :)

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Alex
06/29/2013 18:36

Agreed! Cheese is the best.

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I always like to try new things and this website has always got something interesting to read and make at home for everyone. I am soon going to try this new recipe for the dinner probably.

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