Grilled Reuben Sandwich with Polish Kielbasa
I made the original over 40+ years ago. I always use a hearty rye bread and as the kids didn't like the Russian dressing... too sweet. I mix horseradish mustard with mayo for the dressing ~ it is better as it gives a smooth zip, without being hot. Though the smoked sausage is cooked and only needs to be heated, we prefer the sausage to be browned on the split side, so I either pan fry the lenghtwized split sausage, or broil it. — Carol Hess
- 1 package (13.5 ounce) JOHNSONVILLE® Polish Kielbasa Fully Cooked Sausage (Use 1 link, cut in two pieces and then sliced lengthwise)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 4 slices rye bread
- 4 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
- 1/2 cup sauerkraut, well drained, (preferably refrigerated style)
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- Butter each slice of bread on one side only.
- Build the sandwich in a 10 to 12 inch cold skillet.
- Place 2 slices, butter side down in the skillet. Top each slice with 1 tablespoon of the dressing.
- Then top each of the two slices with ¼ cup of sauerkraut (more if desired) spread it out evenly to cover the dressing.
- Place 2 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the sauerkraut.
- On a small microwaveable plate, heat the 4 pieces of sausage for about 30 seconds just to warm slightly. (Or in a separate small skillet over medium heat pan fry the sausage just to warm through.)
- Place two sausages pieces on top of the cheese in each sandwich. Spread another 1 tablespoon of dressing on the dry side of the last 2 slices of bread and place it dressing side down and butter side up, over the sausages.
- Place the skillet over medium-low heat and grill the sandwich slowly. Grill until the bread is toasted and crisp and the cheese is starting to melt. Press down gently on the sandwich.
- Carefully turn the sandwich over to grill the other side. Grill until the sandwich is nicely toasted on both sides and the cheese is melted. Remove from pan and serve immediately.
- * A panini press can be used in place of the skillet.