This is not a traditional Reuben. Rather it’s a raw sauerkraut sandwich using elements of the Reuben. This recipe is for two sandwiches–increase or decrease amounts according to your needs.

4 slices rye or other whole grain bread
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices ham, pastrami, corned beef, or similar (optional)
equal parts ketchup and mayo (Russian dressing) or mustard**
1 1/2 c sauerkraut, drained
1 small red onion, sliced

1. Toast bread and spread with butter. Assemble sandwich by layering: cheese, meat, if using, Russian dressing or mustard, sauerkraut, onion, meat, cheese–or however your fancy strikes you. Cut in half and serve.

**In season, tomato slices would be a nice addition.