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The Ultimate Turkey Reuben Sandwich Recipe

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This Turkey Reuben sandwich, also known as a “Rachel” is a great way to lighten up the traditional Reuben. Filled with delicious turkey, cheese, and our special broccoli slaw makes this a really good lunch for St. Patrick's Day! 

Turkey Reuben Sandwich

Move over Reuben, Rachel's in town and she's claiming her spot at the bar with a pint of Guinness!

That's right, a little “girl power” is taking over the traditional Irish sandwich made with corned beef and replacing it with turkey! 

Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here. You know, the holiday where everyone deems themselves Irish.

Both home and pub will be cranking out the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage to serve hungry leprechauns.

This holiday dish creates my all-time favorite leftovers and I use them to make these juicy, delicious sandwiches!

Sandwich Under Panini Press

 

As much as I love the tried and true Reuben, I'm slowly becoming a Rachel fan and I'm sure you will too once you make this version. I like to eat them with a nice bowl of soup or a crisp green salad.

May the “Luck of the Irish Smile Upon You.”

There is a printable recipe at the bottom of this post!

Ingredients

To make this hearty sandwich, you will need:

  • Roasted turkey breast: Thick-cut from the grocery deli or you could grab a rotisserie chicken. 
  • Rye Bread- plain or marbled- your preference. 
  • Sliced Swiss cheese- I like mild swiss cheese, like Alpine Lace, but you can use a stronger flavor if that's what you like. 
  • Broccoli Slaw – 1 bagged package (12 oz.) of broccoli slaw or if you want true Reuben flavor, use sauerkraut.
  • Thousand Island dressing – this dressing really makes the sandwich! 
  • Cole Slaw dressing – I used Marzetti brand Simply Dressed & Light for this recipe because it's so good! 
  • Butter – To spread on the bread before grilling on the stove. You'll cook this just as you would a grilled cheese sandwich

Related recipes: Broccoli Slaw Salad, Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Tetrazzini, Turkey Peach Panini.

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Instructions

Broccoli Slaw:

Mix 1-2 Tablespoons  coleslaw dressing into 2 cups of broccoli slaw mixture. Set aside to let flavors set.

Reuben:

Shred 2 cups roasted turkey or chicken and set aside.

Butter 2 slices of bread on one side only.

Heat frying pan or griddle over medium heat.

Assemble sandwiches:

  1. Place 1 slice of bread in pan buttered side down.
  2. Next, place one slice of Swiss cheese on bread and about 2 Tbsp. of broccoli slaw mixture, and Thousand Island dressing.
  3. Place turkey (or chicken) on top of dressing and press slightly. Add a slice of Swiss cheese and top with second slice of bread, making sure butter side is up!
  4. Cook in heated frying pan for 2 minutes and with flat spatula, carefully flip over and press down with a spatula.
  5. Cook about 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasted.

FAQ's

What's the difference between a Reuben and a Rachel sandwich?

Reuben's are made with corned beef or pastrami with sauerkraut and Rachel's are made with turkey and coleslaw. 

What's on a turkey Reuben?

All the good stuff! Turkey, cheese, dressing and coleslaw! Grilled to perfection and ready to enjoy for lunch or dinner. 

Turkey Reuben Sandwich

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Ultimate Turkey Reuben

the ultimate turkey reuben full of juicy turkey, broccoli slaw, swiss cheese and toasted on marble rye bread. It's time to try a Rachel sandwich for St. Patrick's Day!

This Turkey Reuben sandwich, also known as a "Rachel" is a great way to lighten up the traditional Reuben. Filled with delicious turkey, cheese, and our special broccoli slaw makes this a really good lunch for St. Patrick's Day!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 roasted turkey breast, or you could roast chicken breasts or grab a rotisserie from the market
  • 1 loaf of Rye Bread, plain or marbled-your preference
  • 1 pkg. sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 pkg, 12 oz. of Broccoli Slaw (or if you want true Reuben flavor, sauerkraut)
  • 1 Tbsp. Thousand Island dressing, per sandwich
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Cole Slaw dressing, I used Marzetti brand Simply Dressed & Light
  • 1-2 tsp. butter or margarine

Instructions

Broccoli Slaw:

  1. Mix 1-2 Tbsp. Cole slaw dressing into 2 cups of broccoli slaw mixture.
  2. Set aside to let flavors set.

Reuben:

  1. Shred 2 cups roasted turkey or chicken and set aside.
  2. Butter 2 slices of bread on one side only.
  3. Heat frying pan or griddle over medium heat.
  4. Place 1 slice of bread in pan buttered side down. Place one slice of Swiss cheese on bread. Add about 2 Tbsp. of slaw mixture, add Thousand Island dressing.
  5. Place turkey (or chicken) on top of dressing and press slightly. Add slice of Swiss cheese and top with second slice of bread, making sure butter side up.
  6. Cook about 2 minutes and with flat spatula, carefully flip over and press down with spatula.
  7. Cook about 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasted.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1296Total Fat: 66gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 274mgSodium: 1409mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 13gSugar: 23gProtein: 98g

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Original Post: 3/12/15

Updated Post: 2/27/20

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