The Reubenesque

Based on the ever popular Reuben, this sandwich is made with smoked turkey instead of corned beef and coarsely chopped coleslaw, for crunch. More Sandwich Recipes

4 sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 3 1/2 cups thickly sliced green cabbage

  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped sweet gherkins

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 8 slices of rye bread

  • 3/4 pound Jarlsberg cheese, cut into 16 thin slices

  • 1 pound smoked turkey breast, cut into 16 slices


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ketchup and mayonnaise. Add the green cabbage, onion, sweet gherkins, salt and pepper and toss to coat.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add 2 slices of the rye bread to the skillet and top each with 2 slices of Jarlsberg cheese, then 4 slices of smoked turkey, about 1/2 cup of coleslaw, 2 more slices of Jarlsberg and another slice of bread. Cook the sandwiches over moderately low heat until the bottoms are toasted and the cheese on the bottom is melted, about 4 minutes. Turn the sandwiches over, press them down and add 1 more tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Cook until the second sides are browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to plates and repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 2 more sandwiches.

Suggested Pairing

Turkey, cheese, mayonnaise and ketchup on rye don't require a subtle match, just a cool glass of fruity, grapey Beaujolais-Villages from France, such as Georges Duboeuf or the Louis Jadot.

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