Second-Chance Reubens Recipe
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Second-Chance Reubens Recipe

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“Now that you have so many tasty meatloaf recipes, how do you liven up leftover meatloaf? This great recipe is the answer! If you like Rueben sandwiches, you'll love this new take on an old favorite.” -Kimberley Johnson of Englewood, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing, divided
  • 4 slices cooked meat loaf, warmed
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 515 calories, 31g fat (14g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 1045mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Spread four bread slices with half of salad dressing. Layer each with meat loaf, sauerkraut and cheese. Spread remaining bread with remaining salad dressing; place over cheese. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melted.
    Italian Patty Melts: Substitute Italian bread for rye. For each sandwich, layer a bread slice with 1 slice provolone cheese, 1 tablespoon each pizza sauce and giardiniera, 1 slice meat loaf and a bread slice. Butter outsides of sandwiches; cook as directed.
    Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Second-Chance Reubens in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p17

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Joscy User ID: 2694585 160448
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Saving recipe after noticing contains cooked meat loaf. Appears quite versatile. Joscy"

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