reu-BAND STAND-wich

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A show title sandwiched into a pun about a Reuben sandwich… yep, it doesn’t get much better than this!

reu-BAND STAND-wich - A show title sandwiched into a pun about a Reuben sandwich


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Bandstand is a new musical currently taking Broadway audiences by storm, featuring 1940s swing music played by cast-members on stage. World War II veterans, struggling to return to normal existence in New York, form a band and hope to compete for a prize which will transform their lives, beset by post-traumatic stress, survivor’s guilt and complex relationships… Just this week, Andy Bankenbuehler won a Tony award for best choreography. 

You won’t be suprised to learn that there is no direct link between this recipe and the show… (surely not – Ed) although this is a New York classic and dates from around the same period as the show is set (so not at all spurious then… – Ed).

A classic Reuben sandwich contains corned beef*, Russian sauce*, swiss cheese, sauerkraut in rye bread.

* Note for UK readers: use salt beef not the corned beef sold over here. Russian sauce is essentially a marie rose sauce with chopped shallots.

I’m not a big fan of sauerkraut, so my version uses red onion pickled in lemon juice instead (and omits the shallots from the Russian sauce so as to not over-onion it!).

Finely slice the red onion and let it marinate in the lemon juice for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise (have we mentioned On Mayown recently?) and tomato ketchup until you get a sauce that is to your liking – you can also stir in a bit of the oniony lemon juice in due course, and season with black pepper.

Divide the cheese between the slices of bread, with most of it on one slice, and a “garnish” of cheese on the other. Melt the cheese under a grill. Once melted, add a layer of the beef, the sauce, the pickled onions (drained) and, if liked, the chopped dill. Top with the remaining slice of bread and tuck in!

reu-BAND STAND-wich - A show title sandwiched into a pun about a Reuben sandwich

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices Rye bread
  • 2-3 slices salt beef
  • 75g Swiss cheese
  • about 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • about 1 tbsp ketchup
  • ¼ red onion
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Dill (optional)
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Finely slice the red onion and let it marinate in the lemon juice for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise and tomato ketchup until you get a sauce that is to your liking - you can also stir in a bit of the oniony lemon juice in due course, and season with black pepper.
  3. Divide the cheese between the slices of bread, with most of it on one slice, and a “garnish” of cheese on the other. Melt the cheese under a grill.
  4. Once melted, add a layer of the beef, the sauce, the pickled onions (drained) and, if liked, the chopped dill. Top with the remaining slice of bread and tuck in!
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In the mood for more showtime-inspired sandwiches? Then try School of Croque or When Velma Steaks The Stand(wich)

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