with chips / sugar snap peas
We took our go-to Reuben sandwich recipe (first featured in 2019) and made it vegetarian with flavorful marinated tempeh instead of the classic corned beef.
Smarts: To keep things simple, we looked for side dishes that didn’t take any prep. Feel free to skip the chips and / or use baby carrots instead of the sugar snap peas.
- Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
- Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
- Ketchup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Sweet pickle relish - 2 tsp
- Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
- Paprika - 1/4 tsp
- Tempeh - 16 oz, thinly sliced (sub extra-firm tofu)
- Water - 1 cup
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 2 Tbsp
- Salt - 3/4 tsp
- Sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
- Sauerkraut - 1 cup, well drained
- Parchment paper - for baking
- Butter - 4 Tbsp
- Bread, rye - 8 slices (sub any sandwich bread)
- Cheese, Swiss - 4 slices
- Sugar snap peas - 10 oz (sub baby carrots)
- Chips, any type - for serving
Steam tempeh - Slice tempeh. Pour water into a microwave-safe bowl. Add tempeh on top and cover loosely with a paper towel. Steam in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Drain off water. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Marinate tempeh - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating while tempeh marinates.) Whisk together first portion of oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar, black pepper, and garlic powder. Add tempeh, turning to coat. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Make dressing - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, lemon juice, and paprika. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Sauerkraut - Drain sauerkraut. Rinse with cool water first for a milder flavor.
Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Remove tempeh from marinade and spread out in a single layer on parchment. Drizzle some of the marinade over each slice (reserve remainder of marinade).
Bake tempeh in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove and flip tempeh over. Drizzle tempeh with reserved marinade and continue baking until deep golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes more.
When tempeh is done, assemble sandwiches. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Lay out bread buttered-side down. Layer half the slices with cheese, sauerkraut, tempeh slices, and dressing (you won’t need to use it all on the sandwiches; reserve any extra). Top with bread buttered-side up. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
Heat a griddle, grill pan, or skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches butter-side down onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Flip once the first side is golden, ~ 3 to 4 minutes. Continue cooking on the other side until golden and the cheese is melted.
Serve sandwiches with chips and snap peas. The snap peas are great dipped in the remaining dressing. Enjoy!
Used deli smoked turkey instead of tempeh. Loved the homemade dressing! Will definitely make again.0 Helpful
Meatballs nothing special. Didn’t like cooking them at such high heat - made for a lot of albumin0 Helpful
We've never had tempeh before and tried it for the first time. It feels like something that needs to grow on me. Flavours were good though.0 Helpful
I announced to my husband that we'd be having this for dinner and he suddenly had "work to do" after work. HA! But he missed out!!! This was fabulous. Absolutely incredible. I used my own 1,000 island recipe and added harissa to that but the rest was the same. I'm shocked at how good the tempeh was and how easy this was to make. It's a *little* salty so next time I'll marinade for 12 hours and see if that works better. We used one block of tempeh and the whole marinade recipe so maybe that was it too. But it was incredible and will go into rotation!0 Helpful
Good for what it was, but neither of us are big tempeh or sauerkraut fans so it was a tough sell0 Helpful
Went into this pretty skeptical and I have to say, it REALLY worked out well! I would slice the tempeh close to matchsticks or slice it width wise if it’s thick.0 Helpful