Vegetarian Reuben

Not only was it a hectic Saturday the weather was cold and crummy. My dinner thoughts included a grilled cheese and hot bowl of tomato soup. After I made a grilled cheese for my toddler I lost my excitement for the sandwich. I decided to slice some onion which sounded good, but it still didn't sound like it would hit the spot. Several years ago I saw a talk show featuring one of the reality stars from the Bachelor who made the grilled cheese I was now craving. His version included tomato slices and dill pickles. Unfortunately I didn't have either. 

Standing in front of the open refrigerator I began to scan the items on the shelf looking for inspiration. On the back of the top shelf I saw the jar of sauerkraut and immediately grabbed it. When I previously assessed the pickle situation I knew I had sweet relish. My husband who was watching this process began asking if I was pregnant. He doesn't like sauerkraut and hence has never had a Reuben. 

I put the buttered side of a piece of wheat bread face down in a hot skillet and topped it with cheddar cheese slices, red onion, sauerkraut, and more cheese. To the other slice of bread I buttered one side and spread mayonnaise on the other. With a spoon I added a layer of sweet relish on top of the mayo and put the relish side down on top of the cheese. 

After I toasted the other side in the pan I cut the sandwich in half and took my first bite. It was delicious! My husband asked what it tasted like and I said "a Reuben". "So you made a Vegetarian Reuben?" he said. "Yes, and I'll give you credit for naming it". 

Ingredient List
  • 2 slices of bread (I used wheat but rye would have been better)
  • Slices of cheddar cheese
  • Slices of onion
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Mayo
  • Butter

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