The Reuben sandwich is a well-known deli hot sandwich using grilled rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. But there isn’t always a good deli nearby. Here’s a yummy hot brown rice version with the slight chewiness of rye bread and great taste. It only needs things in your kitchen or easily available at a nearby grocery.
1 cup uncooked brown rice (pre-soak for 30 minutes or more for softer rice)
Optional ½ tbsp rye berries (rye seeds) – don’t use to avoid gluten
Optional ½ to 1 tsp Caraway seeds (gluten-free)
Optional ¼ to ½ tsp dill seeds (gluten-free)
Optional 1/8 tsp celery seeds (gluten-free)
¼ to 1/3 cup pickle juice (from a jar of pickles is fine)
2 to 6 oz Deli Pastrami or corned beef (thin slices are recommended)
2 to 4 slices Swiss Cheese, optionally warmed
2 to 4 oz Sauerkraut, optionally warmed (from jar or can)
Thousand Island or Russian dressing (make your own or use your favorite brand!)
Dill pickles (optional)
Mi Aroma Digital Rice Cooker (1-2 servings with above ingredients)
Aroma Professional Rice Cooker (4-6 servings with double or triple the above ingredients)
5 minutes prep time, about 25 minutes rice cooker time and 5 minutes assembly time.
If any of rye, Caraway, or dill seeds are used, soak them in some water overnight; drain them before use. Place rinsed and drained brown rice and any soaked seeds (and optional celery seeds) in inner pot of Mi Aroma Rice Cooker with pickle juice and water to 1 cup mark (add a little more water for softer rice). Stir to mix all ingredients. Cover securely and select “brown rice” setting. ALTERNATIVE using Aroma Professional Rice Cooker: Place ingredients in inner pot and add correct amount of pickle juice and water. Cover securely and select “brown rice” setting.
When cooking cycle is complete, open cover (be careful of hot steam) and warm pastrami slices by loosely placing them on top of rice before replacing cover for about 1 minute to warm. Then remove cover and serve pastrami and rice with cheese, sauerkraut, and dressing.
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