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Quick Kraut Reubens


Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, or just any old random day!



For Quick Kraut

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 head cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For Sandwich

  • 2 pounds fully cooked, thinly sliced Corned Beef
  • Sliced wheat bread, or rye if you prefer
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, or sliced Swiss
  • Butter for spreading
  • Thousand Island dressing, or mayo


  1. In a large skillet (I used my 12 inch skillet, aka “big daddy”), heat oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering hot, add onions and sauté until fragrant. Then add cabbage and continue to sauté until the cabbage and onions become translucent.
  2. Pour in apple cider vinegar, water, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, season with salt and pepper, reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, and begin sandwich assembly immediately, or refrigerate for a couple of hours for better kraut flavor.*
  4. To build the Reubens, butter one side of two slices of bread and Thousand Island (or mayo) the opposite side. Place one slice of bread, butter side down, on a hot griddle. Top with shredded mozzarella, kraut, corned beef, more shredded mozzarella, and second piece of bread Thousand Island (or mayo) side down. Cook on griddle until bread is a crispy golden brown, flip and cook other side to crispy golden brown.
  5. Repeat until you have the number of Reubens you desire or you run out of corned beef, whichever comes first. Serve immediately with your choice of side.


  • *We always up with way more kraut than we needed for our Reubens, but the leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen for later use.