Lights of My Life

A Reuben sandwich is so much more than just another pastrami sandwich. Piled high with warm, fall-apart homemade pastrami, quick sauerkraut recipe, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese, this is a sandwich that’s so good it can make a grown man cry!

This recipe is a copycat of the Reuben Sandwiches made famous by Katz’s Deli in NYC. Because I can’t fly halfway around the world every time I need a fix!

Reuben Sandwich loaded with homemade pastrami, easy quick sauerkraut, Russian Dressing, Swiss cheese on rye bread, ready to be eaten. Katz's deli copycat recipe.

Pastrami being piled onto Reuben Sandwich


  • 1 kg / 2 lb homemade pastrami (1 quantity, easy!) (Note 1)
  • 10 slices light rye bread
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese
  • Butter , for spreading


  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 onion , thinly sliced
  • 350g/ 12 oz white cabbage , thinly shredded (1/4 large head, 6 – 8 big handfuls)
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (85 ml) water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds , optional (Note 2)


  • 1 tbsp onion , finely minced
  • 1 tbsp dill pickle/gherkin , finely minced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (can sub more mayo)
  • 2.5 tbsp sriracha, spicy ketchup or Chili Sauce (or 1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tsp tabasco) (Note 3)
  • 3 tsp horseradish (jar), to taste (spicy/tang)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika



  • Mix ingredients, refrigerate 20 minutes+ (keeps 2 weeks).


  • Dissolve sugar and salt in vinegar.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes to soften, don’t let it brown.
  • Add cabbage, vinegar, water and caraway seeds, give it a toss.
  • Cover, cook on low for 15 minutes, mixing once at 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to container (including liquid), cool until just warm. Keeps 2 weeks in the fridge.


  • Thinly slice still cold pastrami (Note 1). Place in a container with a couple of tablespoons of pastrami liquid (reserved from cooking, see pastrami recipe).
  • Microwave to warm through (or use other method of choice etc cover with foil and place in oven).


  • Preheat grill/broiler to medium high with shelf about 25cm/10″ from heat source.
  • Toast bread. Spread with butter, then 1 tbsp Russian Dressing on each piece.
  • Pick up pastrami and let excess juices drip away, then place on bread.
  • Do same for sauerkraut, pile onto pastrami, then top with cheese.
  • Also place cheese on other slice of bread (ie with just Russian Dressing).
  • Place under grill until cheese is just melted. Sandwich together and devour while hot!
These four are my lights, my happiness, my tears and my utter joy!


  1. They are definitely brothers! What a handsome group of little guys. Warms my heart as I am a mom of 3 boys:)

  2. Thanks ladies! They are lucky they are so cute with as much trouble as they can get in together. When I tell my youngest he is handsome, he says "No, I'm cute." lol

    Kathy – Be careful what you wish for! 🙂

  3. Heather – They are cooperative when they can't have candy until they look straight and smile. This was Easter morning. 🙂

  4. Now that' impressive! FOUR boys looking at the camera, smiling, with no stains to boot. lol! Great shot!

  5. What a great pic of your boys! And you got them all to look at the camera at the same time too – no easy feat! My three boys are always looking in different directions when I snap the shot, lol.

  6. Such a great photo!! Your boys are all so handsome, but they look like they can sure get into lots of trouble together! 🙂

  7. Great picture. I think I want to turn some of my photos from Easter to black and white.

  8. They are all so cute! And I have to know what your secret is…how in the world did you get FOUR kids to all look at the camera and smile? Miracles do exist, I guess. LOL

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