There’s no better, or messier, sandwich than a Reuben. We made this twist to the original using smoky kielbasa and it doesn’t disappoint.

  • Yield: 2 sandwiches
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 30 mins 
  • Active: 30 mins 

Ingredients (9)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 8 ounces smoked kielbasa, cut into two pieces each 5-inches long, split lengthwise
  • 4 slices marble rye bread
  • 2 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Russian dressing (optional)
  • Dill pickles and potato chips, for serving


  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and cook sauerkraut, stirring often, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan. Cook sausages, turning once, until crispy on both sides, about 7 to 8 minutes total. Remove kielbasa and reduce heat to low.
  3. Lightly butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Build two sandwiches next to each other in warm pan, starting with one slice of bread, buttered side down; a slice of cheese; two pieces kielbasa; half the warm sauerkraut; another slice of cheese; and topping with another slice of bread that’s also spread with half the Dijon, buttered side up.
  4. Grill the sandwiches in the pan, covered, until crispy and golden, carefully turning once about halfway through, about 7 minutes total. Cut and serve with Russian dressing on the side, pickles and potato chips. .