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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Turkey Pastrami Reuben Sandwiches

This is not so much a recipe, but more of a different spin on a common sandwich. I used to love the Reuben Sandwiches my mom made with the leftover corned beef after St. Patrick's Day. I always get exited when the Beefsteak rye in the shamrock-packaging starts popping up in stores because it means reuben sandwiches are getting close. When I stopped eating red meat many years ago, my parents figured my love of reuben sandwiches would fade away. This was not the case. I decided that turkey pastrami would be a good substitue for corned beef, and it turns out that it works really well. I've made this sandwich without meat before, and it's great, but I really like using turkey pastrami. Until recently I used regular turkey pastrami, which is a pink color. Lately I've used turkey breast pastrami, which is white (as in the picture below) and a little healthier. Both are delicious! These pictures are from a sandwich my mom made for me when I was home in March :) 

P.S. I finally updated my Grasshopper Pie post with pictures!!! 

Turkey Reuben Sandwiches

Turkey breast pastrami
Rye bread (seeded or seedless)
Swiss cheese
Thousand Island Dressing (purchased or homemade - see below)

For the Thousand Island Dressing:
When my mom makes this, she simply combines ketchup, mayonnaise, and pickle relish until it reaches the right consistency and color, adding more of any component that seems lacking. 

1. Preheat a frying pan over medium heat. Butter one side of each of two slices rye bread. Assemble sandwich: on one slice of bread layer turkey pastrami, a slice of Swiss cheese, and dressing, then top with other piece of bread.

2. Add sandwich to pan and cook as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.



  1. I love any toasted, grilled, hot sandwich. Especially those dripping with melted cheese.

  2. My hubby would love this and the turkey would make it so much lighter!

  3. Oh my gawd. This looks so good!

  4. What a yummy supper! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Debby Peterson3/6/12, 6:40 PM

      Looks delish. I will be making one very soon.

  5. I live in Jersey and a new diner opened a 5 minute walk from my house. Went there for the first time yesterday and got a Reuben with corned beef, pastrami, and turkey with thousand island and kraut so good best sandwich ever I am making one for lunch tomorrow I recommend it to any Reuben love.


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