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Think of this cheesy sandwich as a vegetarian Reuben with a homemade Thousand Island dipping sauce.

Pastrami-Spiced Grilled Cheese With Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing

prep time20Min


cooking time10Min


serving time2


  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard powder

  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

  • 4 slices rye bread

  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut

  • For the sauce:

  • 1 egg, hardboiled

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced

  • 4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  • Salt & pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine spices and set aside*.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture to the Swiss cheese and mix well. Set aside.

  3. Push the hardboiled egg through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Butter each side of the rye bread, and add to the pan. Divide seasoned cheese between all four slices of bread, and turn heat up slightly.

  5. When the cheese is almost melted, add sauerkraut to two of the slices, then top each with a cheese-only slice. Press with a spatula and let cook. Keeping a close eye on the sandwiches, turn and press at intervals to create a perfectly golden, crispy and melty grilled cheese.

  6. *Note: any unused spice blend can be saved in a jar.

Pastrami-Spiced Grilled Cheese With Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing




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- Today I'm gonna be combining two of my favorite things, pastrami and grilled cheese. We're gonna be spicing our grilled cheese with the pastrami seasonings and then dipping it into a great Thousand Island Dressing. So let's get started. So first we're gonna start with our Thousand Island Dressing to dip our grilled cheese in. We're gonna take our sieve and our hard boiled egg and press it through with a spoon into our bowl. Though it may seem very odd to be putting hard boiled egg into your sauce, this is actually what's gonna keep it nice and thick and add some great flavor to it. And we're putting the egg through the sieve so that it mixes in well with not too many clumps. Alright, so our egg is in the bowl, and we're just gonna add all the rest of our ingredients to it. So we've got mayo. Best thing ever in my opinion. Don't judge me. Ketchup. Sweet relish. And minced onion. And we're gonna do a little pepper. Some salt. Mix that together. And that's your sauce. So to start with our grilled cheeses, first we're gonna make our pastrami spice. So we're gonna use ground coriander, dried mustard, white pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. And we'll mix this guy together. We're gonna mix that into our cheese, so we'll add our cheese to a bowl. Just dump that in there. And now you can add as much spice as you want to make this taste good, so I'm gonna add like a tablespoon and a half for me. That's how I like it. And we'll just mix it together with your hands to get all that shredded cheese coated with the spice mix. Alright, our cheese is mixed. Let's make grilled cheeses. So to start our grilled cheeses, we're gonna first take our rye bread and butter both sides. This will help give it that beautiful golden color. Flip 'em. Don't be scared of the butter. It's not gonna hurt you. Okay, with our pan nice and hot, we're gonna stick our bread into the pan, got a nice sizzle goin'. Oh yeah, now that's gettin' nice and golden. Add our cheese. We're gonna let that get nice and melty before we combine the two halves together. So to help your cheese melt faster, we're actually gonna put a lid over the top of it. Just right into the pan like that. Alright, now that the cheese is pretty melty, we're gonna add our sauerkraut just to one side. There we go. We're gonna flip. Give that a little press. Turn down the heat a little bit. Alright, now that our grilled cheese is done, remove it from the pan, give it a nice little cut, and onto our plate. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. And we'll add a little bit of our sauce to dip on the side. So here is the pastrami spiced grilled cheese with sauerkraut, and I'm sorry, but I have to dig in. So, this is fantastic. I'm gonna leave now and finish this. See ya!