A super tasty and simple Rachel sandwich recipe that’s packed full of turkey, Swiss cheese, and a zesty scratch-made chipotle 1,000 Island dressing.
I know that most people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with lots and lots of booze. I like that part, too, but what I really like to celebrate is the food. Every year my family hits an Irish buffet and we stuff ourselves to the gills with corned beef, Irish potatoes, and every cabbage dish under the sun. Most people wake up the next day with a beer hangover – I wake up with a cabbage hangover. I wanted a recipe to get myself in the spirit of the holiday (and to train my stomach for the buffet). I also wanted something a little out of the norm – a slight variation on a classic. Enter this Zesty Chipotle Rachel Sandwich. A Rachel sandwich is a version of a Reuben sandwich. A Reuben is the iconic sandwich consisting of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, 1,000 Island dressing, and rye bread. Turkey takes the place of corned beef in a Rachel and some versions use coleslaw instead of sauerkraut. Is one of them better than the other? No. They’re both full of rich, gooey, melt-y deliciousness. A Rachel is just a slight variation on that deliciousness.
To assemble the sandwiches: Slather a generous portion of dressing on one slice of bread. Add turkey, heated sauerkraut, and slices of Swiss cheese to other slice. Combine the two halves of the sandwich.
Heat a pan to medium and melt desired amount of butter. Place sandwich in pan and cook for 5 minutes or so on each side. The cheese should melt and the bread should develop golden crust.