- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 pound bag sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
- 1 sweet apple, peeled, and grated
- generous pinch allspice
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Russian dressing Edit
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce or ketchup
- dash hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives and/or fresh dill
- 2 teaspoons capers, chopped
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, optional
- 12 slices tempeh "bacon", optional
- 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 8 slices rye bread
- 12 slices dill pickle
- 2 cups grated Swiss cheese (8 ounces)
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
- Add the sauerkraut, apple, and allspice, season with salt and a generous grinding of pepper.
- Cook until sauerkraut is tender, lightly browned and all the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes more.
Russian dressing Edit
- Mix all the dressing ingredients together, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Preheat broiler to low.
- If using the tempeh: heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the tempeh, in batches as needed, until crispy golden brown, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer to paper towels.
- Spread some butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
- Place 4 pieces, buttered side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Spread some of the Russian dressing on the sides facing up.
- Evenly lay the pickles, tempeh if using, sauerkraut, and then cheese on top.
- Place the open faced sandwiched under the broiler and cook until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the broiler.
- Spread the rest of the dressing on the uncovered side of the 4 remaining bread slices, place on top melted cheese, buttered side up to finish the sandwiches.
- Return to the broiler and toast sandwich, turning once so both sides get nice and golden brown, about 2 minutes total, serve hot.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.