Last night I was craving something comforting for dinner. Not sure why an open-faced Reuben came to mind, but it did. Sadly, in my search for the perfect ingredients, I found fault with Whole Foods. *GASP* Their meat/deli section (not to be confused with their butcher section) is sorely lacking - unless you want 3 different kinds of prosciutto, that is. The guy behind the counter looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for Corned Beef. And when I then said "do you have Pastrami" he pulled out turkey pastrami. I almost told him to forget about it, but then decided I'd use it on the sandwich anyway. Another employee pointed me to the packaged meats, and said I could find what I needed there. Alas, what I really wanted was some thinly sliced tongue...funny, I had a moment where I was missing Katzinger's Deli in Columbus, Ohio.
So I took my pre-packaged pastrami, corned beef, and my sliced turkey pastrami home (along with some rye bread, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese) to make my comforting open-face sandwich. Easy enough - I layered some of the dressing onto 4 slices of bread, then piled all three types of meat in a perfect little mound. On top of that, a pile of sauerkraut, and finally a couple of slices of cheese.
I had the oven on for the crinkle cut french fries I picked up (I told you, I wanted COMFORT), so I popped the sandwiches into the oven for about 10 minutes at 375.
Exactly the meal I was craving last night!