CARAWAY and OKTOBERFEST RUBEN SPREAD/SANDWICHES : What’s the connection?
Caraway is such an underused spice that I wanted to revisit this ancient seed.
Some scholars believe it is an authentic herb mentioned in the Scriptures just like cumin.
Other scholars believe that the caraway (or karawya as the ancient Arabs called it) could mean cumin. Either way, this is an important and healthful spice or seed.
During Bible days, people used caraway in breads, cakes and soups. They also ate the leaves of the spice, just like the bitter herbs were eaten.
Shane’s Reuben sandwiches
My son, Shane, loves Reubens. This recipe does double duty. Delicious as a spread or as a filling for sandwiches.
Another bonus is that the mixture freezes well.
Just a sprinkling of caraway seeds works well. Don’t overdo. If you don’t like the flavor of caraway, leave it out.
1 pound real deli corned beef, chopped or shredded
1 generous cup mayonnaise
2 cups each shredded cheddar and Swiss or Gruyere
1 pound sauerkraut, rinsed and drained very well - if you use Bavarian kraut, it will have caraway seeds in it
Sprinkling of caraway seeds if using regular sauerkraut
Thousand Island or Russian dressing and dill pickles for serving alongside
Mix the corned beef and mayonnaise together. Add the cheeses and mix well. Add sauerkraut and mix again. Sprinkle with caraway if using and mix.
Make these just like you do grilled cheese, buttering both sides of the bread well or melting butter in the skillet. Put a plate or weight on top of the sandwiches while grilling.
Spray a casserole dish and bake in preheated 350 degree oven, uncovered, until bubbly, about 30 minutes or so. Sometimes I’ll pour the Reuben mixture into a hollowed out rye bread round after it comes out of the oven.