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I have 2 very, very stubborn picky eaters.  That’s right…I’m calling out my 2 very favorite kiddos in the entire universe.  Daphne & Vic.  Okay, so they are barely kiddos anymore, but to me they will always be our babies.  Daphne is in college & Vic is in high school, but I still cook for them OFTEN.  Daphne thrives on meat.  She can eat just a steak and be satisfied 😯 .  She also hates most veggies.  Meanwhile, back at the other side of the table…Vic loves his veggies :mrgreen: .  Over the last 16 years I have stressed learned how to get around this “opposite sibling palate” issue.  The easy solution?  I cook something different for both 😎 .  On that note…welcome to Vic’s favorite vegetarian sandwich recipe of all 16 years… the “Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich”.

Just so you know-a local restaurant here in SE Michigan makes vegetarian reubens and I had never heard of them before.  When Vic ordered one I promised him I would make him one at home because it really did sound delicious and easy.  The only element we decided not to use was coleslaw, so keep that in mind if you decide to make one.  I figured the sauerkraut was enough cabbage and the dressing tones it all down without adding drippy coleslaw.

 

 

 

 

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

 

Now, now, don’t get hangry if you happen to be more like Daphne and can’t imagine your reuben without meat.  I have you covered with this other carnivore favorite in our house, the “Turkey Reuben”.  My husband also happens to be a huge fan of the turkey Reuben.

In addition, I have two more tasty healthy recipes at the end of this post from two of my very favorite bloggers.  Check them out at the very end and tell us all what you think.

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

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Before I get into the reuben details, I have to tell you about the Christmas gift my husband gave me after watching me struggle with make 3,000,000 reubens on the stove.  He took matters into his own hands and ordered me my very first George Foreman Grill & Panini Press.

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

When I told my friends I got my first “George Foreman grill” they acted like I was the last one on the planet to not have one.  I guess the only reason I have for not having one is the I was spending so much time making reubens on the stove 😐 .

 

 

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

After making both my “Vegetarian Reuben” and my “Turkey Reuben” in the George Foreman Grill, I can not tell a lie.  I would never ever lie.  EVER.

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

The truth is…it is so much easier.  I mean…75% easier.  It’s not necessary, but I will repeat.  IT IS EASIER.  It also comes out more professional looking.  Oh, and I love the marks that it makes on the bread.  I guess that’s what makes it look professional?

Now…I definitely do not expect you to run out and buy one of these grills just so you can make lines in your grilled “reuben”.  Only if you like lines.

Okay…enough about George…I better get to these recipes.

If you’re still on the fence on if you should try this “faux reuben”, my friend recently tried it and she is letting me show you her photo from her phone!  Here’s her sandwich, and her review of the “Vegetarian Reuben”:

“Loved my faux Rueben, at first I thought ‘no way, this has to be a joke,’ but then I made it. And became a fan.”

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

 

Hopefully we have convinced you to give it a try.  If so, here’s how.

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

First, the “thousand island dressing” that you will need for every single reuben you make no matter what else you put on it.  In fact, it is the most important element in my personal opinion.

My secret to the best “thousand island dressing” is to add ketchup & mayonnaise (yes I learned this straight from my mom is 1977) and make the “amounts” exactly equal, no matter what amount of finished product you need.  In other words:

For 4 reuben sandwiches:

4 tablespoons ketchup + 4 tablespoons mayonnaise = what you see in the bowl below, and above.  This is enough for 4 reubens.

 

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

Here’s what the “Vegetarian Reuben” looks like all assembled on the George…

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

Then swoosh.  Close George for approximately 4 minutes, and you have a sandwich that literally slides off the grill onto your plate.

This Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich looks so tasty! It's made with avocado, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing!

Here’s the exact PRINTABLE recipe for my “Vegetarian Reuben” and also the “Turkey Reuben”…

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

Yield: 4

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 Vegetarian Reubens
  • 8 slices of rye or Italian bread
  • thousand island salad dressing (mentioned above- 4 T ketchup & 4 T mayonnaise mixed)
  • 1-2 ripe avocados (mushed in bowl with s & p to taste)
  • 1- 14 oz. can sauerkraut rinsed & drained well (you will not need entire can)
  • 4-8 slices of baby Swiss-depending on how much you want on your sandwich
  • room temperature butter
  • 4 Turkey Reubens
  • 1/2 lb deli style turkey breast
  • 8 slices of rye or Italian bread
  • thousand island salad dressing (mentioned above- 4 T ketchup & 4 T mayonnaise mixed)
  • 1-2 ripe avocados (mushed in bowl with s & p to taste) (optional)
  • 1- 14 oz. can sauerkraut rinsed & drained well (you will not need entire can)
  • 4-8 slices of baby Swiss-depending on how much you want on your sandwich
  • room temperature butter

Instructions

Prepare all ingredients above prior to heating George Foreman Grill or basic pan.

Layer ingredients on non-buttered bread in the order you prefer without over stuffing.

Butter each side of exterior bread.

Grill on George Foreman Grill 4 minutes total, or grill in basic pan approximately 3 minutes on each side at low-medium heat.

Serve with pickle & chips!

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Just in case you want the real deal with corned beef, I have that, too…

Low Fat Reuben Sandwich 

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16 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    It all looks great, love, Dad in NY.

  2. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Oh My Goodness; they look Sooooo Delicious.
    I’m not a big fan of the avocado either. For me – coleslaw in place of the sauerkraut
    Now, I have bought a few George Forman grills in my day to give as gifts but I actually don’t own one myself. I would always fix my sandwiches in pan on top of the stove or put on broiler pan and do in the oven. Now that I have myself an air fryer; I do use it quite a bit.

  3. Sara says:

    Looks SO good!! I live in SE Michigan too, and wondered what restaurant you’re referring to? Ready for the big snowmagedden we’re supposed to get today. 😉

  4. Mary says:

    Will be trying both! Thanks

  5. Kyle says:

    Looks great! Tried a new thing this week. FYI use a hand mixer when you need to shred cook chicken. Takes seconds and no mess. Shocked us at how easy it was. Have a super weekend and enjoy the snow.

  6. Kaycee says:

    Sounds very tasty Julie! We make a Polish style panini using our favorite rye bread, slices of Martin Rosol’s Kielbasa (our local favorite) and our family kapusta recipe. Not low calorie, but certainly a tasty treat we enjoy.

    I hope this doesn’t come through twice, I received an error message the first time I tried to comment.

  7. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    I had a George Foreman for years and finally gave it to my son and bought a panini grill. It’s nice to be able to adjust the lid for bigger sandwiches.

    The turkey one sounds delicious, will make it tonight for our dinner.

    Thanks, Bette

  8. Sounds so good, Julie! I’m not a fan of traditional reubens because of the meat but this I could do. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Chris says:

    Hi Julie,
    We make our own thousand island dressing too, though we use mayo, chili sauce and sweet pickle relish. I always use sliced turkey but am going to try the avocado. Oh, and I don’t have a panini grill but you make it look like something I should have! Thanks for the tip!

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