Sunday, October 31, 2010

I think we'll eat Reuben sandwiches tonight

As I was thinking about making supper... Reuben sandwiches came to mind.  It feels like forever since we've had them and before the girls head back to college it would be a nice home cooked meal.   A couple of days ago I made bran pumpernickel bread that is wonderful!!! 

 Bran Pumpernickel Bread

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1  tablespoon instant coffee
2 1/2 cups whole bran cereal
1/2 cup molasses
2  teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway
2  packages yeast active dry
3/4 cup water warm (105° to 115° f)

3 cups flour
1 cup rye flour

In a medium saucepan, heat milk, butter or margarine and coffee powder until melted and dissolved. Add next four ingredients and blend well. Let set 5 minutes. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water; let set until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add milk mixture and rye flour; stir in enough all-purpose flour to make a stiff dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn dough to coat surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, 60 to 75 minutes. Punch down dough and form into two loaves. Slash tops several times. Place on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, 40 to 50 minutes. Brush with cold water; bake in a preheated 350° F oven, for 35 to 40 minutes or until tests done. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks.

Then it dawned on me that we didn't have thousand island salad dressing. Then I wondered if I could make my own.  To the computer I went and this is what I found...

Thousand Island Salad Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Salad greens


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with salad greens. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.  So it looks like we'll have Reuben sandwiches afterall!


  1. I don't think I've ever seen eggs in salad dressing. Very interesting. Might have it try it sometime - and with chili sauce?

  2. I should actually add to this...I took a quart of sauerkraut, a can of corned beef, the whole amount of thousand island dressing we made and about 8 oz of sliced swiss cheese. Put that all in a bowl and heated in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and heat another 2 minutes. Made sandwiches out of it with the pumpernickel bread...MMMMmmmmmm

  3. We didn't have the chili sauce and used ketchup instead. :)