It seems like we’re getting to the point where just about everyone’s kids are heading back to school which is great/sad/happy/exhausting/all the things. If you’re like me, you think you’re going to have all this time and then bam, you’re very very tired and also suddenly busier than you ever anticipated and getting dinner on the table can feel like this insurmountable task. So. Quick and easy meals it is (in fact, if you saw my Instagram story over the weekend, you saw that we had a very classy buffet of Totino’s pizzas and ramen for dinner on Saturday night. If you need to unfollow me because of that, that’s cool.)
One of my favorite ways to feed a crowd is to make a party sub (or several, trim the ends off, and put them together so they look like a 6′ or 8′ sub). Even if it’s just for dinner, it’s one of those things I can make ahead when I know the evening is going to be hectic or we’re going to be eating on the run–toss in some chips and fresh fruit and we’re good to go.
But it doesn’t just have to be cold subs. One of my favorite sandwiches is a Reuben–corned beef and/or pastrami, Russian dressing (which is a fancy way of saying Thousand Island, and also the only way I will ever, ever eat Thousand Island dressing that doesn’t involve french fries or “special sauce” on burgers), sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese. Instead of making individual sandwiches, just load it all onto one big loaf, bake it in the oven, and then cut it into slices!
This Reuben Party Sub is a quick, easy dinner or fun finger food for a party! Melted Swiss cheese, corned beef, saurkraut, and Russian dressing combine for this classic favorite!
1 loaf French bread
¼ cup (or more or less to taste) high-quality Thousand Island dressing (we love Marzetti)
7-8 ounces thin-sliced deli pastrami or corned beef
1 6-ounce package sliced Swiss cheese
½ cup refrigerated Sauerkraut (like Claussen; more or less to taste)
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Slice French bread in half lengthwise. Spread dressing on either side of bread. Arrange cheese on both sides of the bread over the dressing. Loosely layer meat slices over the cheese. Place sauerkraut on top of meat and place the top of the bread on the sandwich. Wrap in foil and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and the sandwich is heated through.