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Corned Beef Sandwich (with Russian Dressing)

Corned Beef Sandwich is a really tasty Irish sandwich, especially when they are made with our homemade Russian dressing! Just one bite and your luck will change for the better!

A corned beef sandwich sliced in half

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  1. Corned Beef Sandwiches
  2. Ingredients in a Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe
  3. What is Russian Dressing?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Looking for some Luck O’ the Irish?
  6. More St. Patrick’s Day Favorites
  7. How To Make a Corned Beef Sandwich
  8. Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe

Corned Beef Sandwiches

When it comes to a Corned Beef Sandwich, this one definitely has my own unique personal twist. If you want to make this more like a traditional Rueben sandwich, then just swap out the coleslaw for sauerkraut. I am not a big sauerkraut fan, my husband loves it but I think it tastes rotten. So I swap it out for coleslaw and some sliced pickles so that I can actually enjoy this yummy sandwich. If you want to go with my version, my Corned Beef Sandwiches are especially good with our Coleslaw recipe HERE and Homemade Russian Dressing recipe HERE. The creamy, savory kick of this mayonnaise-based dressing is the perfect way to doll up a sandwich. It gives your taste buds a little something extra to play with while you’re enjoying the tender meat and crisp, flavorful coleslaw.

Ingredients in a Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe

  • dark rye bread, marbled rye, or black pumpernickel bread slices
  • sliced corned beef or shredded corned beef roast
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • coleslaw – our recipes has shredded cabbage and carrots mixed with a tasty coleslaw dressing
  • sliced pickles
  • Russian dressing – click the link for our delicious homemade Russian dressing

Ingredient Additions and Substitutions

  • Corned Beef Brisket – great for roasted corned beef leftovers
  • pastrami
  • mustard
  • horseradish
  • caramelized onions
  • tomatoes
  • potato chips
A corned beef sandwich cut in half and stacked one half on top of the other

What is Russian Dressing?

Russian Dressing made with mayonnaise, chili sauce, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and dill pickles or dill pickle relish. It is similar to Thousand Island Dressing. It is also comparable to the In-N-Out “spread”. You’ll love this creamy and savory mayonnaise-based sauce with a spicy kick. It is most well-known as a dressing on a Classic Reuben Sandwich or Corned Beef Sandwich.

Ironically, according to several sources, including CNN, the Russian Dressing recipe originated in New Hampshire, not Russia. A grocer named James E. Colburn invented the dressing. He created it as a spread and sold it to retailers and hotels throughout the United States. Colbern liked to use the dressing on a Russian salad, hence giving it the name “Russian” dressing. Now it has become one of the sandwich staples in New York City delis and diners.In a pinch if you don’t have all the ingredients for Russian Dressing you can simply mix together 2 parts mayonnaise to 1 part ketchup for a substitute. The flavors are close enough to work.

A corned beef sandwich on a cutting board with Russian Dressing dripping down the sides

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for some Luck O’ the Irish?

Like all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is filled with traditions. Whether yours is trying to catch a leprechaun or hiking around your town looking for the end of a rainbow, you’ll want some yummy food to round out the festive fun. This sandwich is the perfect way to use leftover corned beef if you are making some up for St. Patrick’s Day, or just pick some up at the store. If I am making this sandwich, then I usually need to run by the store anyway to pick up some Rye bread and sliced cheese from the deli.

One piece of rye bread spread with Russian dressing and one piece of rye bread with corned beef, melted cheese, coleslaw, and pickles

More St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

We have some other fun recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. You can make it a week full of yummy Irish recipes instead of just one day. Because who doesn’t love stretching out a celebration? Especially if it means trying some great new recipes. Like this loaf of Irish Soda Bread with our savory Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew. Or you can also make up one of our delicious Irish Pasties with a green Mint Julep to drink. If you are looking for some green treats, then you will love our copycat Shamrock Shakes or Mini Grasshopper Cheesecakes.

How To Make a Corned Beef Sandwich



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