Love Your Basil: Reuben Sandwiches with Serata Basil

| 4/4/2011 4:46:41 PM

00 RWerstRamona Werst has a love for growing and cooking with basil. Currently, she has more than 30 varieties in her collection and she is adding to it all the time. She creates basil-infused recipes and would love to teach you how to Love Your Basil! Visit her blog ( to download her free e-book, Love Your Basil 

I’m not sure whether I really like St. Patrick’s Day, or if I like to use the holiday as an excuse to make Corned Beef. I love to use my corned beef  leftovers to make Reuben Sandwiches. You really don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to make Corned Beef—now I just make it whenever we’re in the mood for Reuben Sandwiches.

4 4 2011 reuben sandwich
Just like a Reuben Sandwich from a New York deli.
Photo by David Werst

4 4 2011 serata basilReuben Sandwiches with Serata Basil
To see the how-to videos for creating this recipe, visit Love Your Basil.

• 1 package corned beef
• 1/4 cup fresh Serata basil, chopped (although any fresh basil can be used)
• Water
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 tablespoons butter, per sandwich (or margarine)
• 2 pieces rye bread, per sandwich
• 2 slices of Swiss cheese, per sandwich
• 1/4 cup sauerkraut, drained, per sandwich
• 4 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing, per sandwich

1. You can purchase a corned beef brisket in the meat section. It comes in with a vacuum packed bag and has a little seasoning pack.