It was my plan all along to make some corned beef sandwiches this week.  Even before Marie’s phone call.  We’re heading west on Saturday so there’s only so many meals to be had this week.  Tonight seemed the perfect night since the new backsplash is being installed tomorrow.  I don’t know how long it’s going to take or how long it will take me to finish the electrical.

I’m definitely a Reuben kinda guy.  I lovelovelove the Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and sauerkraut.  A big added plus is that it’s grilled.  Victor, on the other hand, would starve to death before putting sauerkraut to his lips.  His sandwich of choice is a Corned Beef Special.

The Corned Beef Special, as far as I can gather, is pretty much a Philadelphia thing.  It’s corned beef, russian dressing, and cole slaw on rye bread.  It’s corned beef and cabbage in a different form.  How could it be bad?!?  Reality is, it’s not bad.  In fact it’s a pretty good combination.

So…  I decided to make both.

I cheated and bought deli cole slaw (and deli potato salad) but did make the russian dressing.

Russian Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • splash worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed

Mix and chill.

There’s a bazillion variations out there.  Some include vinegar or lemon juice.  I kept it simple.

And the ooey-gooey Reuben was just what I wanted.

The potato salad was barely mediocre.  I know better but was feeling lazy.

I always pay for being lazy.

But both sandwiches rocked!

And there are cupcakes and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake for later…