Open Face Baby Rueben

Baby Reuben SandwichesPacked with flavor and only 76 calories. Serve warm from the oven for lunch or as a hot appetizer. A quick, easy, foolproof recipe you can bake and serve in under 25 minutes. I love-loveĀ  a hearty Reuben sandwich, but not the high calories. This baby version satisfies that craving.

Prepping the baby Reuben sandwichesPrep work is minimal and bake time is 8 minutes. My UPS guy did a sample test fresh from the oven with rave reviews. My daughter will be here shortly for her Blimpy Girl lunch pick-up. Anxious for her input since she will have to reheat in the microwave. There’s no oven at her workplace, so preparingĀ  in advance wasn’t an option.

Ingredient List

  • Cocktail loaf of rye bread
  • Thin hard salami rounds, low-fat or lean is even better. I used Eckrich brand found in grocery lunch meat section.
  • Baby Swiss cheese slices, reduced fat
  • 6-8 ounces sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Top each sandwich with a wedge of Swiss cheese.How To

I made 15 baby Reuben sandwiches. You can prepare the whole loaf of rye bread if you like. Each bread slice requires 1/4 salami slice, 1/4 Swiss cheese slice, 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons sauerkraut.

To make dressing:

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle relish, ketchup, mustard and paprika. Mix well and set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with foil (easier to clean up). Arrange rye bread pieces in a single layer on sheet. Place and spread a dollop of dressing onto each bread slice. Follow with a piece of salami, then sauerkraut. Finish with another dollop of dressing and Swiss cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, until cheese melts. Each baby Reuben is in the neighborhood of 76 calories. Pair three of these with a spinach side salad (low fat dressing), and you will still be well under 300 calories. A traditional Reuben (from a deli or restaurant) can range from 600 – 700 calories. This is a hit in my opinion. The best of both in taste and calories.

Bake in oven until cheese melts.

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