When I came to Washington later that year, I ate Reuben sandwiches at the New York Style deli on G Street down from the World Bank, and they had Russian dressing on them too. So put the Russian dressing on, please.
This recipe is the start from scratch kind, and makes ten to 12 sandwiches. One can buy sliced corned beef at the deli section and make one or two sandwiches. Not omitting the Russian dressing, of course.
Another thing that makes this recipe distinctly inferior. Reuben sandwiches should not be made on toast. They should be cooked in a frying pan or in a waffle iron so the cheese melts properly and the crust is buttery. So disregard all that info about toast.
3 pounds corned beef
1 one-pound-11-ounce can sauerkraut
20 to 24 slices rye bread with caraway seeds
1 pound sliced imported Swiss cheese
1. Place the corned beef in a deep kettle or casserole and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently about fifty minutes a pound, or until tender. Thirty minutes before cooking is scheduled to be finished, pile the sauerkraut on top of the meat.
2. Slice the corned beef and drain the sauerkraut.
3. For each sandwich, toast two slices of rye bread. Butter each slice on one side. Place one piece buttered side up, top with several slices of hot corned beef, and spoon hot drained sauerkraut over corned beef. Arrange slices of Swiss cheese over the sauerkraut and broil until the cheese melts. Top with remaining pieces of toast (and Russian dressing) butter side down. Makes ten to 12 sandwiches.
Note: If you don't have Russian dressing, or don't want Russian dressing for anything but these sandwiches, you can make your own. Combine 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, a tablespoon of pickle relish, and a teaspoon of chili powder and mix it up. Voila, Russian dressing.