First, a short rant about our food language and the liberties people continue to take with it – soon we won’t know what others are actually talking about. I call mine a Reuben-like sandwich because it contained some of the key ingredients (corned beef, Swiss cheese and kraut) but not the other two (Russian dressing and rye bread) as I used a white bread roll and 1000 Island Dressing. When I order a Reuben in a restaurant, I expect to get the ingredients in parenthesis and if not, it’s only a Reuben-like sandwich although it could be argued that 1000 Island Dressing is totally acceptable.
On Wikipedia they show several variants such as a Grouper Reuben, a Lobster Reuben, and a Walleye Reuben to name a few. I assume they just substitute a different meat for the corned beef but I wouldn’t know without asking. I would call it a Walleye sandwich with Swiss cheese, Russian Dressing, and kraut or slaw.
Having said this, I know it will change no one’s behavior and restaurants will continue to offer Chicken Fried Chicken – chicken fried like fried chicken makes zero sense to me. Chicken Fried Steak (steak fried like fried chicken) makes perfect sense to me and is descriptive of what I will get.
Thanks for reading this far or just skipping the rant to get here, so now on with my sandwich. We didn’t have any rye bread or other sliced bread so I used a white Kaiser roll and sliced off the top and bottom crust to get a grill-able surface. I sliced enough corned beef for three layers and nuked them for a minute then I partially assembled the sandwich, as a fully assembled one is hard to flip. So the sandwich initially got just meat and cheese – outside of both bread pieces were buttered. When the bottom was about browned, I removed the top bread piece, added the dressing and flipped. Then I removed the top bread piece (the cheese and one layer of meat came with it) and I added the pre-warmed kraut. This is what I ended up with:
This may not have been Bev’s favorite corned beef, but it made for a delicious sandwich and I know it would have been super with a good rye bread.
Then for breakfast thought I, if kraut, cheese, and 1000 Island dressing go well on a sandwich, why wouldn’t they work on the hash I had made, so I whipped this up for breakfast but I forgot the cheese.
After the shot I mixed it all together and it was very good but perhaps not as good as just the hash with a couple of fried eggs, but then again what is better.
PS. Rant continued - a classic martini is made with gin and vermouth and served in a martini glass. A Godiva Chocolate Martini is made chocolate liqueur, Cream de Cacao, vanilla vodka, half-and-half and served in a martini glass - no martini ingredients. So if I drink my morning coffee from a martini glass I guess I'm having a coffee martini. The ingredients make a martini not the glass. I'm done now :-)
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5/13 & 5/14/17 Meal Dates
5/13 & 5/14/17 Meal Dates