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RECIPE: Reuben Pizza For National Reuben Sandwich Day

[1] Reuben pizza, a new way to celebrate National Reuben Sandwich Day (photo © DeLallo).

Reuben Sandwich
[2] Classic Reuben sandwich (photo © J. Java | Fotolia).

[3] Reuben Irish Nachos. Here’s the recipe (photo © Idaho Potato Commission).

Reuben Biscuits
[4] Reuben muffins. Here’s the recipe (photo © King Arthur Flour).

[5] Hold the corned beef: a Reuben sandwich with duck, from creative chef Eric LeVine (photo © Eric LeVine).

Turkey Reuben On Rye
[6] Hold the corned beef #2: a turkey Reuben (photo © National Turkey Federation).


March 14th is National Reuben Sandwich Day. But what about porting the Reuben concept to a different bread—a pizza crust instead of rye or pumpernickel?

Here’s a recipe for a Reuben Pizza with Corned Beef & Dijon Béchamel Sauce—corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and more. And there are additional Reuben-inspired recipes below.

> Take a look at the Reuben sandwich history.

This recipe from DeLallo uses its pizza dough kit. You can make your own dough or buy it ready-made.

The “fusion” in this recipe is bechamel sauce, one of the French mother sauces.

It works better on a pizza than the Reuben Sandwich’s Russian dressing.

However, we admit to having a ramekin of Russian dressing on the side, as we ate our pizza.

Ingredients For The Pizza

  • 1 (17.6-ounce) DeLallo Italian Pizza Dough Kit
  • Dijon béchamel sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 lb. cooked corned beef, sliced thin
  • 2 cups sauerkraut, drained
  • 3 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup provolone, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon plus ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Optional: red pepper flakes to taste
    Ingredients For The Dijon Béchamel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • Large pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

    1. MAKE the pizza dough. Combine the flour mix and yeast packet in a large mixing bowl with 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water. Stir with a fork until the dough begins to form. Knead by hand for 3 minutes, or until the dough is soft and smooth. Transfer to a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. All

    2. ALLOW the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. (After this step, you can refrigerate for use within 1-3 days.)


    3. PREPARE the béchamel. In a large saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Add ½ of the milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in remaining milk.

    4. BRING to a boil. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in Dijon mustard until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

    5. PREHEAT the oven to 500°F. Cut the prepared pizza dough in half. Roll out the dough into a circle on a floured surface. Spread the béchamel sauce on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch edge all the way around.

    6. ARRANGE the corned beef on top of the sauce. Sprinkle evenly with the Swiss and provolone. Brush the edge of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the caraway seeds.

    7. BAKE for 12-15 minutes or until the crust becomes golden. Remove the pizza from oven and top with remaining caraway seeds and red pepper flakes.

  • Reuben Egg Rolls
  • Reuben Collard Wraps (meat or vegan)
  • Reuben Irish Nachos
  • Reuben Biscuits
  • Reuben Tacos
  • Reuben Burger
  • Vegetarian Reuben with vegan pastrami
  • Reuben Hors Bites or Beer Bites
  • Reuben Hot Dogs
  • Reuben Ravioli from Chef Michael Symon

    The Reuben has been adapted many times over, including a substitute of pastrami, turkey (photo #6) or tongue for the corned beef; and coleslaw for the sauerkraut.

    Rye or marble rye (photo #2) can stand in for the pumpernickel.

    Some variations aren’t grilled (so the cheese isn’t melted, alas). But if you can, melt that cheese!

    Check out these Reuben Sandwich variations:

  • Georgia Reuben: a Michigan variant of a turkey Reuben that substitutes barbecue sauce or French dressing for the Russian/Thousand Island dressing.
  • Grouper Reuben: a Florida specialty that substitutes local grouper for the corned beef.
  • Lobster Reuben: this Florida Keys variation substitutes lobster for the corned beef.
  • Montreal Reuben: substitutes Montreal-style smoked meat for corned beef.
  • Walleye Reuben: a Minnesota version that features the state fish, the walleye, instead of corned beef.
  • West Coast Reuben: substitutes Dijon mustard for the Thousand Island dressing.



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