Origins of the Reuben Sandwich

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A hot sandwich filled with layered meat, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut with dressing between grilled slices of bread, the Reuben sandwich is a main course in one delicious package that can be prepared to go anytime.  The signature dressings for this sandwich that makes it extra tasty can either be Thousand Island dressing or Russian.  Invented around 920 – 1935, depending on which account of origin is believed to be true, the Reuben sandwich has evolved into several variants that make it all the more, every one's favorite.

Since the Reuben sandwich has indeed become so famous in the United States, there has been an ongoing dispute as to where it was originally made and as to who thought of it first.  One account of its history states that it was first put together in Omaha by Reuben Kulakofsky, a Lithuanian grocer who thought of the original recipe for his poker club that was held weekly in Blackstone Hotel around 1920 to 1935.  Because his club included Charles Schimmel, the hotel's owner, the sandwich was soon added into the hotel's lunch menu and gained local fame.

Another account of the Reuben sandwich's origin says that it was invented by Arnold Reuben, the owner of Reuben's Delicatessen in New York.  According to this version, Reuben Special was first served in 1914 when a famous Broadway actress came unannounced one night when there were hardly any food left to serve.  Although another account says that Reuben's chef, Alfred Scheuing, created the sandwich for Arnold Jr., Reuben's son in the 1930s.

Whoever truly created the first Reuben sandwich left a legacy that has caught on generations after they have gone. The sandwich has become so popular that it has spawned into several other varieties such as Rachel sandwich, the Blue Reuben sandwich, the Grouper Reuben, Reuben egg rolls, Reuben pizza and Virgin Reuben.  All of which were created based on variations of the original Reuben sandwich.  For other variations of the recipe, you can go online or browse through the different Reuben sandwich recipes featured where a wide variety are presented and everything else that you would want to know in honor of the original Reuben sandwich.  So if you enjoy food and particularly a mean sandwich concoction, you would definitely enjoy making your own Reuben sandwich for your friends, your family, loved ones and yourself for any casual get together in your own backyard or in a picnic in the park. 
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