Reuben Sandwich with Vegan Cheese
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound bag sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (Also Bubbie's make a delicious sauerkraut in a jar, kept cold - works out better if you just want to make one sandwich - take as much as you want out and put in refrigerator)
  • 1 sweet apple, peeled and grated
  • generous pinch allspice
  • salt & ground black pepper
Russian Dressing
  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise (soy or canola)
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce
  • dash hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh chives
  • 2 tsp capers, chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 slices tempeh apple maple bacon
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of vegan butter spread - soft
  • 8 slices of rye bread
  • 8 slices of vegan provolone or cheddar cheese
  • 12 slices of dill pickle (optional)
  • salt and black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until golden brown.
  3. Add the sauerkraut, apple, and allspice - season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook until sauerkraut is tender, lightly browned and all the liquid has evaporated.
Russian Dressing
  1. Mix all the dressing ingredient together
  1. Preheat broiler to low
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tempeh bacon in batches until crispy golden brown - about 3 minutes - transfer to paper towels (You could also heat the oven to 425 degrees and bake for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Spread some butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
  4. Place 4 slices buttered side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Spread some of the Russian dressing on the sides facing up.
  6. Evenly lay the pickles, tempeh bacon, sauerkraut and then cheese on top.
  7. Place the open faced sandwich under the broiler and cook until the cheese melts, about 2 or 3 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the broiler,
  8. Spread the rest of the dressing on the uncovered side of the 4 remaining bread slices. place on top of melted cheese, buttered side up to finish the sandwiches. Return to the broiler and toast sandwich, turning once so both sides get nice and golden brow - about 2 minutes total.
  9. Serve hot -
Recipe by Ordinary Vegan at