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BEST Reuben Sandwich, Slaw & Homemade Dressing

Reuben, Slaw and Homemade Dressing
Reuben Sandwich with Slaw and Homemade Dressing

You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s to make this scrumptious sandwich!  You will want to have this in your regular meal rotation it’s so delicious and easy to make, and I’ll show you how.

This Reuben can be made with slow cooked corn beef, and I have a link HERE to my easy recipe that is amazing! Or you can use deli pastrami if you’d prefer – either way, this sandwich that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

 It’s an excellent sandwich to take on an outing, a picnic, or to make ahead for a busy day. 

To make this extra lip-smacking good, I have included my simple to put together broccoli slaw and simple homemade Thousand Island Dressing – both excellent partners that make this sandwich over the top!  

Reuben Sandwich with Homemade Slaw & Homemade Thousand Island Dressing


Rye Bread OR Marbled Rye Bread

Cooked Corn Beef (click HERE for my recipe to cook it yourself, just stop before adding in the potatoes, cabbage, etc.), deli sliced corn beef or pastrami

Homemade Broccoli Slaw, recipe below

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, recipe below


Directions for assembling the Reuben:

       1- Place a piece of bread on plate.

       2- Generously place cooked corn beef

       3- Spoon mixed slaw liberally over meat

       4- Pour dressing over slaw

       5- Top with another slice of bread



Homemade Broccoli Slaw


1/3  cup real mayonnaise (can use Miracle Whip, but it tends to overpower it with sweetness)

1/8 tsp. celery seed

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. Emerill Original Seasoning

3 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar (vinegar with sugar added)

12 oz. broccoli slaw

5-6 green onions, sliced thin

Directions for slaw:

To make the Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

1- Combine the mayonnaise, celery seed, garlic powder, onion powder Emerill’s Original Seasoning and rice wine vinegar.

2- Allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight. 

Thirty minutes to 2 hours before serving/assembling the Reuben sandwich:

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, sliced onions and dressing.

Mix the dressing into the broccoli slaw.


Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, use within 2 days.Broccoli Slaw 3

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing


1 cup REAL mayonnaise

1/4 cup chili sauce

1 Tbl. minced yellow onion

1 Tbl. minced dill pickle

1 Tbl. minced celery

1 Tbl. sour cream

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

dash hot pepper sauce

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. sugar

Salt to taste

Directions for Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

1- In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well.Thousand Island Dressing2- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Best if used within 24 hours.Thousand Island Dressing 1

To make a mouth-watering fabulous sandwich: lay down some of my easy to make crockpot corned beef, or deli pastrami, a generous helping of the slaw and slather with the homemade sauce.  

You will make all the time it’s so good!!! 

Reuben Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich, Slaw and homemade dressing

Carrie Groneman’s recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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St. Patrick’s Family Fun Food

St Patrick's PB&J
St Patrick’s PB&J

I don’t think there is a lick of Irish in our family line, but this is one of our family’s favorite holidays. Looking for food and fun ideas?  I’ve got it here for you and it’s easy, simple and quick! This will soon become one of your family fun memories too. I also have fabulous desserts and treats to share with friends and family that will make them smile like they found a Pot Of Gold:)

St. Patrick’s Day is a day I tried to make special – just because!

When the kids were young they made Leprechaun traps that were silly, but serious business to them. The ‘Leprechaun’ was always prepared with a treat and a note of Sorry, they didn’t catch him this year and better luck next time. It was MUST that there is a Treasure Hunt.

  •       It was low key with Leprechaun footprints to lead to the prize when the kids were young.
  •      As they got older I had treasure hunt clues leading to places around the house.
  •      When a bit older (yes as teens and even young adults they wanted it), I contacted neighbors for their permission to leave clues in their mailbox, on their porch, or a chair in their yard; with a clue for the hunt.

Green candy, gold chocolate coins were a constant prize of the treasure.   Food for the day was a celebration and was based on how busy I was, and their time due to sports and extracurricular activities

  •  Breakfast menu options:

                    Green pancakes – Use a packaged product to make it easier. Simply add in green food coloring. St Patrick's Pancakes

St Patrick's Pancakes 1Perfectly green Pancakes!            St Patrick's Pancakes 2

Scrambled eggs – Add in green food coloring,St Patricks Green Eggs & Ham!
Pieces of ham and serve alone, with a spinach tortilla or green toast.
St Patricks Green Eggs & Ham 1 Amazing Green Eggs & Ham!Scrambled Green Eggs

Green Banana smoothie


In a blender, mix:

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1-2 frozen banana(s),

1/4 cup milk and green food coloring

Healthy Green Smoothie!Green Smoothie

Other fun food ideas: 

  • Breakfast: Lucky Charm Cereal and green toast  
  • Lunch:  (kids took homemade that day for sure):
  • Bright Green Bread Sandwich  & Guacamole Chips – ask your local bakery if they will make this bread for you. 
  • Always a highlight and hit with the other kids at lunchSt Patrick's PB&J
  • Pickles
  • Green punch or green colored beverage container
  • Pistachio pudding
  • Green jello
  • Clover cookies
  • Green tinted cupcakes, etc.  

Page on for  great dinner ideas!  (my kids friends and family usually drop in for this):

Corned Beef & Cabbage: Click HERE for my recipe for Corned Beef & Vegetables 

Corned Beef & Vegetables 1






Irish Soda Bread: Click HERE for my recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread






Here are some great desserts & treats:  

Key Lime Bars: Click HERE for Key Lime Bars







Key Lime Poke Cake: Click HERE for Key Lime Poke Cake

Key Lime Poke Cake






Pistachio & Cranberry Cookie: Pistachio and Cranberry Cookies HERE 

Pistachio Cookie






Green Granny Corn:  Click HERE for Green Granny PopCorn (aka Mother Goose Popcorn)

St. Patrick's PopCorn        




Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.