A couple of months ago, Kelly, from Dare to be Domestic, wrote a post called “She Tried It” and mentioned that she’d never tried a Reuben. Coincidentally, I’d never had one either, and so a challenge was born. We decided to try the Reubens “together”, you know, as together as one can do something with another from 1,000 miles away. This past week, the challenge came to be, and the Reubens had their day.
You know those foods that you just know you’ll hate? Those foods that, when you try them, quickly run up the favorites list to the top five, because you mistakenly misjudged? For as long as I can remember, I’ve skimmed menus, always quickly skipping over the Reuben sandwich because, “Ew!, sauerkraut?”
I used to do this with the French Dip Sandwich as well. Something about bread sopping in meat juice just turned. me. off. Until I tried it. Now? It’s my all time favorite sandwich, hands down, everywhere. My favorite still lives at a place called Street Meet in Hilton Head Island, SC, a play on words of “street meat”, they serve delicious hot dogs and other fabulous food, including the BEST French Dip I’ve ever had my mouth around. I never tried their Reuben. So, the question remained, could I really overcome my fear of sauerkraut?
Color me surprised, when I was huge and pregnant, I discovered that I actually *do* enjoy a whole pile of cooked sour cabbage, and while you’re at it, throw some roasted pork in there, will you please? I thought perhaps this was just a pregnancy thing, but as it turns out, I really do like sauerkraut. In fact, I love sauerkraut, and eat it heartily, when given the chance.
Even after this monumental discovery, I was still afraid of the Reuben.
So when Kelly and I decided to embark on this culinary journey, I was nervous, and it doesn’t make any damned sense why. I love rye bread. I like good corned beef. I, apparently, love sauerkraut. Thousand Island dressing is just dressed up mayonnaise, and who doesn’t like mayonnaise? (Except for those who don’t?) Plus, cheese. Lord knows I have nothing whatsoever against cheese. This sandwich should not be scary; this sandwich, for all intents and purposes, should make my mouth water, but it was, and it didn’t.
And then I tried it.
The Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City, IN, was rumored by a friend to have a fantastic Reuben. A must eat, if you will. I’d had an interview in that area the same day that went very well, so I decided, that was the day. Let’s try a Celebratory Reuben! When it finally made it to the table, I was a little bit apprehensive. It was time to face my fear and dive in. So I removed the toothpick, held the weighty package in my hand, and took my first bite.
And then my second.
And my third.
And before long, the sandwich was gone.
It’s safe to say that the once feared Reuben is now a favorite.
The corned beef was so juicy and the cheese was perfectly matched and lent a fantastic creaminess. The sauerkraut and thousand island really made the whole thing just meld together in my mouth for the perfect bite, with a little crunch, and a little tang. So divine. Even heaven agreed.
VERDICT: I love Reuben sandwiches. Who. Knew?
Check out Kelly’s take on The Reuben here!
Have you ever hated a food for no sensible reason?