Rachel with a Twist Recipe
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Rachel with a Twist Recipe

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A Reuben sandwich made with lower-fat turkey instead of corned beef is referred to as a “Rachel,” and this scrumptious version just may become your new favorite! —Joy Harris, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Healthy Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 12 ounces cuban bread or French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 6 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 299 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 1029 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; spread over bread bottom. Layer with turkey, cheese and sauerkraut. Replace top. Cut into six slices.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted, pressing firmly with a large spatula. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Rachel with a Twist in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p22

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014 Edited Apr. 11, 2014

"OMG! This was absolutely AMAZING!!! Even better then I expected. I thought it was weird to fry them so put them in the oven but did fry 2 of them - definitely fry them! The oven ones were too hard but still very tasty. All 3 of my kids, even my 3 yr old, asked for seconds (I didn't put sauerkraut on the kids half). I made 2 French breads worth & only have 3 sandwiches left over! This recipe is a keeper for sure!!!!! :o]"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Every Rachel I've ever had was prepared with coleslaw so I'll stick with that because I LOVE them....otherwise this recipe is AWESOME!!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"we really liked it - I used Italian bread and left off the sauerkraut for the kids. Will definitely make it again - soon!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012


Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Very good! Make sure you use fresh bread. The mayo mix would be good on any sandwich."

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