Reuben sandwich

Posted in Uncategorized, on 4 January 2019, by , 0 Comments


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices Rye bread
  • 3 tablespoons Sauerkraut (drained)
  • ¼ cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4-8 slices corner beef (depending on thickness

There is no more famous deli sandwich than the classic Reuben. This sandwich has achieved near mythic status in the deli world, and legends abound that it was made by either Reuben Kulakofsky of Nebraska or Arnold Reuben of New York City, both Jewish-American immigrants.

Both stories tell of a sandwich slapped together. For Kulakofsky, it was a poker game in the 1920s. For Reuben, it was when a Broadway actress came in looking for a meal. Either way, the key part of the story is that the Reuben was more or less an accident, which is probably not exactly the truth.

The truth of the Reuben is that it is a perfectly balanced sandwich. Each element brings together a complex comingling of flavors. The base of the sandwich, the Rye bread, is earthy and strong, sometimes sour and sometimes spicy. This flavor is softened and enhanced by the butter used to brown the bread in a pan.

Inside the sandwich, the saltiness of the corned beef is balanced against the sour acidity of the sauerkraut and the sweetness of the Swiss cheese (a flavor enhanced upon melting). All of these flavors are then melded and united by the Thousand Island dressing. A proper Thousand Island dressing is a menagerie of flavors from mayonnaise to ketchup, sweet relish to onion. It is, by itself, a complex ingredient, and one that ultimately determines the success of the Reuben. But a quality Thousand Island dressing represents the other flavors brought together – the earthy, sour, salty, and sweet flavors all united.

The earliest written text of the Reuben came in a Theatre Magazine that referenced Arnold Reuben’s Reuben Special. This is the closest thing to an indication that he might be the originator of the sandwich, but there is no definitive proof that he did not get the idea from somewhere else.

What has kept the Reuben alive is not its history though, it is its complexity in simplicity. The ingredients determine the true quality of the dish, though putting it together is relatively simple. It is a sandwich that will live on and on, and it is one that we at Element 29 believe in keeping alive as well.

Try ours now and ask us anytime about how to make the perfect sauerkraut or dressing!

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Sandwich Toppings that Completely Change Your Meal

Posted in Uncategorized, on 20 November 2018, by , 0 Comments

The art of creating a sandwich is a delicate one but knowing the right sandwich toppings is what makes a good meal! From dressings to vegetables and even certain types of cheeses, there are A LOT of things you can put on a sandwich to bring a new flavor to your (presumably) meaty concoction. The beautiful thing with toppings is sometimes they’re tried and true, always being a part of the sandwich you expect them to be on but other times they’re unique and change everything! Here are a few of the ways you can top your sandwich to add some new flavor to your next lunch (or breakfast or dinner… whenever!)

BBQ Sauce

We’re going to start off with one of the most distinguished sandwich toppings around (that’s clearly not limited to sandwiches). BBQ adds boldness to whatever dish it is a part of that is almost impossible to replicate. BBQ usually pairs nice with some ribs or burgers’, so adding it to a sandwich isn’t too much of a stretch. When topping a nice brisket or roast beef, BBQ sauce can become the one of the ultimate sandwich toppings!


Usually topped on a meaty hot dog or a Reuben, Sauerkraut adds a texture and tang to whatever it is a part of. Sauerkraut itself is actually raw cabbage that has been fermented in a specific type of acid, providing it its distinct “sour” taste. Adding a bit of sour to your meaty sandwich might seem blasphemous, but it adds a dynamic taste that works well with certain types of meat. This will change your sandwich!

Red Onion

Onion is oddly divisive when it comes to being a sandwich topping but if we’re judging it on how much it truly changes a meal, well… It does EXACTLY that. A red onion in particular works really well with sandwiches of a certain kind. Have lots of veggies, some ham or more Mediterranean ingredients? Red onion might be for you! With a different texture and a strong presence, a couple of diced red onions will make for some of the more distinctive sandwich toppings.


Pesto somehow finds its way to both sandwiches and pasta, and for good reason! Originating from Genoa, Italy, this sauce has a variety of ingredients that combine to excellence. At its base, pesto contains garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, pecorino sardo and olive oil. The combination of these ingredients makes for a versatile sauce that has its own unique taste. Pesto goes great with a tomato or Italian based sandwich!

There’s one great thread through all the above ingredients: You can get them at Element 29! We have sandwiches that take advantage of these delicious toppings, and a plenty more! Stop by today for lunch and grab yourself some of the wonderful meals we have on our menu!

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