I love twists on classic recipes and I love a good sandwich. This recipe for Smoked Turkey Reubens is perfect for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner.
The sandwich substitutes a quick slaw (cabbage, pickles, dressing) for the sauerkraut, smoked turkey for the corned beef or pastrami, and hearty whole wheat bread for rye. A flavorful, homemade thousand island-style dressing pulls the whole sandwich together. If you’ve got a panini grill, use it. Otherwise, grilling it in the pan works great, too. I forgot to weigh the sandwiches down while grilling them and they still turned out fine. Serve with fresh or pickled veggies or green salad. Enjoy!
Smoked Turkey Reubens
-recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine (Dec. 2008)
In this update on the classic, smoked turkey stands in for corned beef, while a fresh slaw and sun-dried tomato mayo take the place of sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Serves 4.
2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 4 oz.)
3/4 cup julienned kosher dill pickle (from 1 large)
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 Tbs. ketchup
8 slices whole wheat bread
12 thin slices smoked turkey
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
In a medium bowl, toss the cabbage and pickles with the vinegar and 1/2 tsp. salt. Transfer to a colander, set it in the sink, and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, pulse the mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, and ketchup in a food processor until the tomatoes are finely chopped.
Squeeze the cabbage mixture to remove any excess liquid and return to the bowl. Toss the cabbage with 2 Tbs. of the mayonnaise.
Spread the remaining mayonnaise on one side of each slice of the bread. Assemble the sandwiches, layering the turkey, cabbage, and cheese over 4 slices of the bread and topping with the other 4 slices. Spread the outsides of the sandwiches with the butter.
Heat a large grill pan, skillet, or stovetop griddle over medium-low heat. Working in batches if necessary, put the sandwiches in the pan, top with a grill press or heavy skillet to weigh them down, and cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.