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Low-Calorie Turkey Reuben Sandwich Recipe

A twist on the oversize deli staple that isn't half a day's worth of calories.
Low-Calorie Turkey Reuben Sandwich RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For anyone who has spent time eating in New York, Reubens invariably conjure up the image of an oversize deli sandwich stacked so high with peppery beef you’d need an unhingeable snake jaw just to get your teeth around it—and a generous belt for waistline adjustment in the postprandial aftermath. We’ve taken the indulgent essence of the Jewish deli staple and distilled it to a sandwich with substance and soul, but without half a day’s calories and a day and a half’s worth of saturated fat, which is exactly what nearly every major establishment offers with their version.

Nutrition: 365 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated), 1,120 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

1⁄4 cup ketchup
1⁄4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
2 Tbsp relish
Few dashes Tabasco sauce
Black pepper to taste
1 lb turkey pastrami (or, failing that, regular turkey)
4 slices low-fat Swiss cheese
8 slices rye bread toasted
1 cup bottled sauerkraut

How to Make It

  1. Combine the ketchup, mayo, relish, and Tabasco in a bowl and mix. Season with a bit of black pepper. Set the dressing aside. (Note: You can always skip this step and buy a bottle of Russian or Thousand Island dressing, but it’s never as good as the homemade stuff.)
  2. Divide the pastrami into four portions, pile on plates, and top each with a slice of cheese. Microwave briefly, about 30 seconds each, to melt the cheese.
  3. Lay out four slices of the rye bread on a cutting board. Top each with sauerkraut and then pastrami and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing. Top with the remaining slices of bread.

Eat This Tip

Even though our Reuben seeks to be a healthier version than the one at your local deli, that shouldn’t stop you from picking up a few slices of turkey pastrami at your local delicatessen. Here’s a list of a few famous delis in a few different cities that are worth a visit. You just might recognize the first one from that famous scene in When Harry Met Sally. (Yes, that scene.)

Katz’s Deli
New York City, NY

David’s Brisket House
Brooklyn, New York

Nate ‘n’ Al’s
Beverly Hills, California

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
San Francisco, California

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zingerman’s Delicatessen
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen
Rego Park, New York

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