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Smoked Turkey Reubens


In this update on the classic, smoked turkey stands in for corned beef, while a fresh slaw and sun-dried tomato mayonnaise take the place of sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.

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  • 2 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 4-ounces)
  • 3/4 cup julienned kosher dill pickle (from 1 large)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 12 thin slices smoked turkey
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
Adapted from


Step 1

In a medium bowl, toss the cabbage and pickles with the vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon. salt. Transfer to a colander, set it in the sink, and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, pulse the mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, and ketchup in a food processor until the tomatoes are finely chopped.

Squeeze the cabbage mixture to remove any excess liquid and return to the bowl. Toss the cabbage with 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise.

Spread the remaining mayonnaise on one side of each slice of the bread. Assemble the sandwiches, layering the turkey, cabbage, and cheese over 4 slices of the bread and topping with the other 4 slices. Spread the outsides of the sandwiches with the butter.

Heat a large grill pan, skillet, or stovetop griddle over medium-low heat. Working in batches if necessary, put the sandwiches in the pan, top with a grill press or heavy skillet to weigh them down, and cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.

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