This exceptional sandwich originated at Penny Cluse Cafe in Burlington, Vermont. The spinach, mushroom and onion filling is so satisfying, you won't even miss the corned beef. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Spring 2004

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Ingredients

Russian dressing
Sandwiches

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare Russian dressing: Whisk mayonnaise and ketchup in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in capers and pickle (or relish).

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  • To prepare sandwiches: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until it has wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a plate.

  • Coat the pan with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and return to medium heat. Add the bread; divide cheese equally among the slices. Divide sauerkraut between 2 slices and divide the spinach mixture between the other 2 slices; cook until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer sandwich halves to a cutting board. Divide the dressing between the spinach halves. Carefully place the sauerkraut halves on top. Cut sandwiches in half and serve.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; total fat 11.6g 18% DV; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 11mg 4% DV; sodium 778mg 31% DV; potassium 361mg 10% DV; carbohydrates 43.6g 14% DV; fiber 7.1g 28% DV; sugar 8g; protein 16.3g 33% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu 4058IU; vitamin c 26mg; folate 120mcg; calcium 387mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 48mg; thiaminmg.

Reviews (29)

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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2019
Seriously best recipe on this website. Don't be afraid to make this tastes so much better then the ingredients listed together would make you think. I made it exactly like the recipe states without the capers since I didn't have any and it was out of this world delicious! Everyone loved them here! AAA recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2017
Terrific great combo of veggies. Used Imagine Brand no chicken chicken broth to saute the veggies instead of using oil. Got out my waffle iron and toasted whole sandwich in that for a change too--turned out great. Just a spray of oil on the waffle iron itself. Used 1/2 nonfat yogurt and 1/2 lite mayo. is a favorite and will make often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2017
I made these for dinner tonight and they were just delicious! Messy as mentioned by others but so worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
Unbelievably good! We made it with homemade rye bread and it was incredible. I didn't change anything about the recipe and have no plans to do so next time. This is just perfect for lunch or dinner for the two of us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2016
Delicious Very flavorful! All the ingredients work together well. My family enjoyed it. This will be a regular for me. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2015
SO GOOD! This is the first time I've reviewed a recipe but just had to say it's one of the best recipes I've made from this site and I've made a bunch. I make this all the time and even took the recipe with me when I went to visit my vegetarian son. Last night I made it even more vegetarian by substituting thick slices of roasted eggplant (from my garden) for the bread and it was just wonderful! Pros: Easy yummy Cons: None Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2015
soooo delicious... I now make this on a regular basis. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2012
Yummy yummy I really love this sandwich. We'll definitely be having it again. I had some arugula and cabbage that needed to be used up so I mixed it in with the spinach and it turned out great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
WOW! Such a simple idea and it turns out wonderfully every time I've made it. The only thing I did differently was to add caraway seeds to the veggie mix because I only had wheat bread. Still delicious! Anonymous Atlanta GA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this sandwich. My husband who much prefers meat meals expressed his approval and I'm excited to feed it to our vegetarian friends. It was pretty easy too thanks for this one. Chrisitna Stone Emmaus pa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was one of the best vegetarian recipes I have found/made. My whole family (kids included) loved this. It had great flavor and was nicely filling. BJ San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these on little rye breads and brought as an appetizer to a party. I used low fat Thousand Island dressing in place of the Russian. What a hit! I will definitely be making these for our Superbowl party. Lisa St. Louis MO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband typically does the majority of the cooking but this is one recipe of mine that he loves (we both do!) We always enjoy it and make sure to make extras for lunch the next day. I never enjoyed swiss cheese before making this recipe (but note that you should use a good one such as Boar's Head b/c it does make a significant difference with low-fat cheeses). Also I use sliced baby bellas for the 'shrooms and like to mash the capers a bit when making the dressing to make the flavor of them stand out more. amy Mt. Sinai NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this sandwich using Jarlsberg made from part-skim milk. The result was rich moist and flavorful. However my husband (who doesn't like mushrooms or spinach) was less enthusiastic. The sandwich was easy to make but the bread charred before i could finish dividing the spinach mixture between the two slices of bread. Next time i'll put the pan on medium-low. Anonymous Bellingham WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I am a vegetarian and often miss reubens. This was probably the best substitution I have had in a long time! This sandwich satisfied my craving and I will definitely make them again. I even think my family would love them. Kris IL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are a great alternative they are very tasty filling and easy to make. I use store bought low fat dressing. Carey Thomas TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We LOVE this recipe. I wouldn't change anything! Korey Beantown Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was sooooooo good. My boyfriend is a veggie so I'm always looking for new tasty recipes. This one went over so well neither of us had any leftovers! It's a keeper for sure. Mmmmm delicious!! Anonymous Boston MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Tried this last night and it was great! For some reason my grocery markets do not carry low fat Swiss so I did use regular but it was a really good recipe. Nancy Collegeville PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I had another recipe from Moosewood for a portobello reuben that I really enjoyed. With onions and spinach this version is not only healthier but better tasting as well! This will be repeated often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this sandwich tonight and absolutely LOVED it and I'm not even a vegetarian! I definitely don't miss the meat! Chicago IL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this sandwich! If you are craving a real reuben I don't think this will satisfy your craving but for the flavors of a reuben in a similiar sandwich it is great. I used portabello mushrooms and would highly recommend them as they have a somewhat meatier texture than button mushrooms. Sally Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very satisfying. It didn't taste like anything at all was missing. We've made it several times and loved it each time. Anonymous Jacksonville FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This sandwich reminds me of old diner days without the guilt. Allison C Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is one of my favorites to make for dinner. Quick easy and the leftovers are great for lunch the next day!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really great and easy. My husband did not complain about this meatless dinner. This will become a staple in our house. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'd expect nothing less from Penny Cluse. It's always a treat to have brunch there and makes me proud of Burlington's eatery scene.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum! I had planned on adding meat and taking out the spinach because it just seemed weird to me but I decided to give it a chance. I was very surprised. The only thing negative I can say is that it's very messy so plan accordingly!;p Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is so amazing. I used Jarlsberg Lite and served sweet potatoes fries as a side - YUM. Like some of the other posters I am a vegetarian that often misses these types of hearty meals but this sandwich will make you forget about corned beef; plus it's a great way to pack in a few servings of vegetables! Read More