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    Sandwiches

    Most of us make them in one form or another. I figured this might be a good thing to expand upon. I have made sandwiches in various restaurants and a couple of ships over the years. For some there is a tried and true "recipe". Here's one of my favorites:

    Reuben Sandwich

    I seem to like sandwiches that have an obscure or questionable history. The Cuban sandwich is an American creation, from Tampa. The Reuben, is all over the American map. There’s really no absolute recipe for either.

    What I’m going to describe is one of the ways I make a Reuben sandwich with a toaster oven. The cost is very reasonable. The Reuben is also good for your digestion.

    The sequence is as short as I can make it. I start by laying the corned beef in the toaster oven pan. It could be as easily accomplished with aluminum foil. The thing you get with a lot of cold cuts these days is high water content. What you want to do is spread out the slices so the pan is completely covered with slices of overlapping corned beef. This makes draining the water easier.

    Set the oven to toast for 10 minutes and place the pan inside.

    Next you want to measure about 4 forks of sauerkraut onto a plate. Then add enough of the Russian dressing to cover the pile of drained sauerkraut. Mix the sauerkraut fully with the dressing and then tilt the plate so any excess liquid pools at the low side. Then drain it off into the sink. Paper plates are particularly well suited since they absorb quite a bit.

    By now it’s time to pull the pan out of the toaster oven and set it on top to continue heating. Put the bread in to start toasting. Drain the excess water from the meat. Dab the meat with a folded paper towel to remove as much moisture as you can.

    As the bread begins to toast, cover 1 side with cheese and let the other piece toast a little darker.

    Then remove the bread and spread the sauerkraut dressing mix onto the toast side, then layer it with the Corned Beef or Pastrami. Flip the cheese side on top, cut it in half and flip it over before serving.



    Bread
    Use a good rye bread. I like the swirled rye and since I have diverticulosis (and so do a LOT of you) I avoid seeded rye bread, even though it’s what I prefer. Digestive problems suck, so I avoid them.

    Sauerkraut
    There’s a lot of latitude with sauerkraut. I avoid the canned variety because I always seem to get the kind that has been minced down to mush. So I usually get it in a clear plastic bag from an organic grocery section.

    Corned Beef or Pastrami
    I read that a pastrami Reuben is called a “Rachel” sandwich. I call it a Pastrami Reuben and everywhere I go that’s what I get. You want the meat hot, above 140F.

    Swiss Cheese
    I melt this to one side of the bread where I sometimes put the sauerkraut. In a pinch I’ll use Provolone.


    Russian Dressing is getting to be scarce in grocery stores these days. I hope it's not over some stupid political bullshit.
    When in doubt, make your own:
    • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 2 tbsp. ketchup
    • 1 tbsp. horseradish
    • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • Pinch of salt
    • A couple of turns of ground black pepper

    It makes a bit more than you need for a single sandwich. But the ratio is correct and you can squeeze 2 sandwiches out of it for an unexpected guest. Or as a hangover breakfast. Use Thousand Island if you must, lazy slob, but don't tell anyone!


    Here's the numbers: (I guess you could make a "lighter" version, but why screw it up? If you crave a Reuben, have a Reuben. Be true to yourself for at least 1 meal.)

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  • Answer selected by WritersPanic at 05-07-2022, 07:03 PM.

    Breakfast today pre grilling. Olives inspired by VG.
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    • mallyboppa
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      Jessica Of course on top of everything so it melts over it when Grilled otherwise your leaves and stuff get limp !

    • mallyboppa
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      Cheese last on a grilled Sandwich

    • Jessica
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      mallyboppa nooo I like it this way : ) I like my leaves and olives grilled! Haha.
      But yeah you might be right. I don't think it makes much difference either way though.

    #2
    Just butter and one other thing like cheese or meat or honey or something like that! The dutch way to eat bread. Technically not a sandwich. We have no use for that name. Except anglophiles I guess, or when you order a real sandwich kind of thing.
    Dutch word for a slice of bread with something on it is boterham, literally butterham. Even if it doesn't contain either butter or ham :P

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    • WritersPanic
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      And a sandwich contains no sand!

    • Din Djarin
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      Or earl of Sandwich.

    #3
    i think we call that an "open sandwich" ? lol

    and yeah, i tend to only have one or maybe two things in a sandwich

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      #4
      We also call it a boterham when folded or has another slice on it and then cut (not diagonally obviously).

      I usually fold my slices. Sometimes I only cover one side with stuff (apart from the butter of course, gotta have butter on the whole slice on the inside), as it makes little different once folded!

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        #5
        Tuna Sandwich
        This is a basic sandwich, tuna. I have no idea what the history of a canned tuna sandwich could be. I suspect it’s an American creation since we’re so partial to canned food, and sandwiches. We need a fast meal since we’re always so busy being greedy!

        Lately canned tuna is sold in pouches and frankly, I can taste the difference. I prefer the pouch. There’s also a bit more variety but I’m stuck in a rut. Either plain tuna or hickory smoked.

        While I will eat a tuna salad sandwich, I prefer tuna without a lot of stuff added.
        I’m also not particular about bread though I usually use white or rye. Hopefully I have time to toast it. But a tuna sandwich is something I make in a rush fairly often.

        Another thing I like about the pouch is how easily I can drain the tuna. Draining a can means razor-sharp surfaces. And it must be drained. I don’t need any more sodium and all that brine waterlogs the bread.
        After draining I put the tuna in a bowl and add whatever seasoning I have on hand. Usually salt and pepper but I also like paprika and Greek seasoning. I use a fork to merge the seasoning into the tuna evenly. Then I add a tablespoon or less of mayonnaise and mix it further.

        If I have my shit together, the bread is already in the toaster and nearly done.

        Most of the rye bread I see is shaped like a half moon and has less surface area than plain white bread. This means that if I used 2 pouches of tuna, the sandwich on rye will be very thick and will need to be wrapped in a paper towel or waxed paper to keep tuna from falling out. Or I could just make a normal sized sandwich and store the excess for a snack later.

        And that’s about the long and short of it.
        Below is a numeric comparison, for those wishing to be more frugal.

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          #6
          Jamaican patty on coco bread is pretty damn good...i dont have any research on it though

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          • WritersPanic
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            Is the patty made with REAL Jamaicans?

          • Din Djarin
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            WritersPanic yes, but only with asian jamaicans.

          • rolling
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            bombloclaat

          #7
          Originally posted by rolling View Post
          Jamaican patty on coco bread is pretty damn good...i dont have any research on it though
          Yea, I'm the worst. You should see the chemistry set I have for making wine and liquor. Overkill is just how I roll. I still make a shitty batch every so often. Pretty sure it's God being a dick again.

          But Lent's over now. I gobbled down the best cheeseburger I've had in 40 days. Chased it with wine from a store instead of my home made shit. But I only lost 9 lbs in 40 fucking days. And I was biking and hiking and hacking the lawn with a grass sling.

          So I think I'll take on Ramadan in a few days and keep the momentum going. Maybe go full vegetarian this time or eat more eggs. And if I'm going to really challenge it, I'll go alcohol-free since it will be good for my liver! I do thank God that pot doesn't have any carbs.

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          • Sooz
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            Banned
            Last edited by WritersPanic; 05-07-2022, 07:01 PM. Reason: Banned

          • WritersPanic
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            What, me worry?

          #8
          I just had a nutella sandwich this morning for breakfast.

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            #9
            Originally posted by Jessica View Post
            and yeah, i tend to only have one or maybe two things in a sandwich
            but to demonstrate how suggestible i can be: last night after I'd gone to bed I got back up to add a bunch of sandwich ingredients to the grocery delivery due for delivery this morning

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            • WritersPanic
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              What kind of stuff did you get?

            #10
            Just having a red salmon, light and tasty cheese and mayo sandwich.

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              #11
              Curried egg sandwich is about the only way I can eat eggs
              Never understood the value of pastrami to n a sandwich, in that once it's packed with other things, you can't really taste the pastrami


              My favourite sandwich is a grilled cheese sandwich, at least two types of cheese, bacon, and either sliced up stuffed olives or pickles cut side on

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              • Sooz
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                I can't handle pickles that you have to cut up in a sandwich.
                I also detest cucumber and beetroot

              #12
              I should have posted my troll sandwich here, instead of the bread thread
              but i actually think i'll delete it to restore peace to the Universe.

              i'm going to make a sandwich right now, and i'm going to cut it properly. i will redeem my soul.

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              • Jessica
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                mallyboppa lol! no it was just cheese.

                but the way i'd cut that sandwich (picture in the conundrums thread) was so upsetting to everyone, so I cut one yesterday into three uneven pieces. but when i came back and saw it later, it actually bothered me, too haha

              • mallyboppa
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                Just fuckin with ya mate ! I know you wouldn't eat a troll (your a vegareturnium )

              • Sooz
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                You should try a little bit of vegemite on your cheese sandwich. Gives it a different flavour

              #13
              Originally posted by Sooz View Post
              I just had a nutella sandwich this morning for breakfast.
              Ah, candy on a piece of bread. Tasty but I rather enjoy chocolate without bread.

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              • Sooz
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                Nutella is chocolate paste.

                It's delicious.

                It has the same taste as those brown sprinkles you guys get and have on rusks

              • WritersPanic
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                Nutella has only a "hint" of cocoa. According to their own advertising.

              #14
              Those chocolate sprinkles is most adequately described as candy for on you bread as well. Kinda the same marketing tactic as labelling a candybar as energy bar. It's still candy/chocolate.

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              • Sooz
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                They are yummy as are the little white anniseed ones!

              • Din Djarin
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                Sooz
                That's not the issue

              #15
              might want to read the nutella label...palm oil isnt your friend....they were sued in usa and forced to stop saying nutella is nutritious and part of a healthy breakfast

              fact is it is not nutritious and is part of an unhealthy breakfast....it is a desert topping...they put that crap in donuts now

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              • duckman
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                Why is palm oil not your friend? It might be environmentally questionable. I would agree that Nutellla is not health food because of the skimmed milk powder. "Health food" for the most part is a meaningless term.
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