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Muffins Reuben (VRP 003)

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Muffins Reuben transforms the traditional Reuben sandwich into delightful, bite-sized treats. Using English muffins as a base, this recipe combines the classic flavors of corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, topped with a dollop of mustard for a zesty finish.

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Food History

The Reuben sandwich, traditionally made with rye bread, corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, is believed to have originated in the United States in the early 20th century. This version adapts the original into a casual, easy-to-prepare format using English muffins.


  • Early 1900s: Origin of the traditional Reuben sandwich in the United States.
  • Mid-1900s: English muffins become popular as a versatile bread option in America.
  • 21st Century: Innovative adaptations of classic sandwiches, like the Muffins Reuben, emerge for modern, convenient eating.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe is straightforward and ideal for a quick meal or snack. The English muffins provide a sturdy, crispy base when toasted. Layers of savory corned beef and tangy sauerkraut are enhanced by the melting Swiss cheese, creating a delicious combination of textures and flavors.

Serving Suggestions

Muffins Reuben can be served as an appetizer at gatherings or as a light lunch paired with a side of coleslaw or potato salad. They are perfect for entertaining, offering a familiar yet unique flavor that guests will love.

Preparation Tips

  • Mustard Choice: Using a robust mustard, like Dijon or a grainy mustard, can add a nice depth of flavor.
  • Drain the Sauerkraut: Ensure the sauerkraut is thoroughly drained to prevent the muffins from becoming soggy.
  • Broiling: Keep a close eye on the muffins while broiling to ensure the cheese melts perfectly without burning.

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Muffins Reuben Recipe

Muffins Reuben

Muffins Reuben


  • 54 english muffins, split & toated
  • 8 sl. corned beef
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 8 sl. swiss cheese
  • mustard


  1. Spread muffin halves with mustard, top with cornedbeef, kraut & cheese.
  2. Place on baking sheet & boil until cheese melts.


Makes 4-8 servings.

Whether you’re looking for a quick dinner idea or need a unique appetizer for your next party, Muffins Reuben offers a delicious and easy solution. This inventive take on a classic is sure to impress with its delightful combination of flavors and textures.

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