Vegan Grilled Reuben Sandwich with Homemade Spicy Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

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So – I made that vegan roast above – Annie & Dan Shannon’s Vegan Yankee Pot Roast Dinner – but I have lots of leftovers.   What to do?  What to do?  I know!  A Reuben!  And it came out so insanely delicious – I devoured the whole thing.  For lunch.  Bread, butter, cheese, Thousand Island dressing.  Fatty & greasy & I gave absolutely no fucks.  I shoved it in my face in record time.   I made homemade vegan Thousand Island – but bottled Thousand Island – or even Russian – dressing will do.  Traditionally – a Reuben uses Swiss cheese but I am not a fan so – I used provolone.  Real provolone.  If you are vegan – use whatever vegan cheese you like but one that melts well is best.

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Homemade Spicy Vegan Thousand Island Dressing


1/2 cup vegan mayo

2 TBS ketchup

2 TBS relish (sweet is traditional but I used that Bubbie’s you see above)

1 small garlic clove – minced

1 tsp white vinegar

2-3 dashes hot sauce (I used Crystal)

1 tsp sriracha (or more – to taste)

Pinch of S&P


Blend well.

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Vegan Grilled Reuben Sandwich

Quantities of ingredients are up to you.

Rye Bread

Vegan butter


Cheese slices (Swiss is traditional) – Vegan or not – depending on your diet

Vegan meat (I used slices of  Annie & Dan Shannon’s Vegan Yankee Pot Roast Dinner)

Thousand Island dressing (recipe above)

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I melted vegan butter in a grill pan & got the bottom of two slices of bread buttered that way.

Layer your ingredients & close the sandwich.  Grill until it is golden & crispy and (hopefully) your cheese has melted.  Eat it without any regard for decorum or decency.

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New England Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef & Cabbage)

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I am a vegetarian.  Not the strictest ever – as I will eat Worcestershire sauce (anchovies) and that sort of thing & I do not get all freaky if my veggie dog kisses a real hot dog on the grill.  But I haven’t had boiled dinner (as we called it when I was growing up) in a good 35 years or more and I certainly have never made it.  I wasn’t going to make it yesterday, either, but I had a small group to feed and a few very finicky palates.  I couldn’t find anything that one guest and I had in common – food-wise – except pizza & spaghetti and I didn’t want to do that for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.  I decided to make the Smoky Guinness Mac & Cheese with Crispy Fried Onions


and I was considering some sort of vegan colcannon and maybe a vegetarian Irish stew but it was already 80 degrees in LA yesterday by 10AM.  All that cooking seemed oppressive in the heat.  Then I saw the brisket/corned beef thingies and saw that I could buy 4 lbs of the stuff for $10.  Fuck it, I thought.  The directions literally read “Boil for 2 hours.”  I knew I could pull that off.  So – I put it in my basket with some potatoes, carrots, cabbage & turnips & headed out.

My 4 lb piece of meat fed 6 people – what with the mac & cheese and the boiled veggies.

The recipe is thus:

Corned beef with spices in the bag





Put the meat (and whatever “juice” and spices (usually pepper corns & bay leaves) in a pot with enough water to cover it by an inch.  Bring to a rapid boil & reduce to simmer for two hours.

Peel your veggies & cut them into big chunks.  I cut the cabbage into 6 wedges with the core in tact.  When you are about 20-30 minutes from eating – add the veggies to the meat & let simmer until tender.

I cooked some veggies separate with a vegetable bouillon cube or two, peppercorns & bay leaves so I could eat some.

Then – cut the meat in the opposite direction from the grain.  Put it on a platter with the boiled vegetables & serve.  When I grew up – the traditional condiment for this dish was French’s yellow mustard.  Period.  Seriously.  Yesterday – I ate my veggies with a jalapeno mustard.  All the charm of tradition with just a little kick.

And there you have it!