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The Rachel Sandwich. It’s the Reuben’s lighter sister – perfect for warm weather eats. Sliced turkey, a fresh & simple coleslaw, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing – oh, and maybe a slice of avocado or some bacon if you’re feeling extra adventurous.Jump to Recipe
East Coast Deli Love
We have some major love for delis on The East Coast – especially in New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania.
With this love comes expectations. High expectations.
We have high standards for deli sandwiches, salads, meats, cheeses, pickles & breads. The best ingredients make the best hoagies, sandwiches, soups & salads and no one has got time for anything less.
Visit standard grocery stores in these states and you’ll notice there is a large selection of quality deli meats & cheeses. People are serious about quality meats & cheeses in these parts!
In PA we love our pickled eggs! Click to check out my Red Beet Egg recipe & my Sweet & Sour Pickled Egg Recipe.
Let’s Talk Bread
No shocker here – I’ll freely admit – I’m a bread snob. It’s not only because I’m an avid baker – it’s the quality of many store bought, bagged breads that scares me. Some of that stuff has the ingredients & nutritional value equivalent to sugar cardboard. Seriously.
For this sandwich I used Dave’s Killer Bread’s 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. It’s organic, loaded with whole grains, fiber & protein. Makes me happy.
I prefer to make this sandwich with whole grain bread, but I do enjoy it with sourdough bread on occasion.
When I make this Rachel Sandwich – I like to make it BIG.
Amounts of ingredients will depend on what size of a sandwich you like. I used approximately a 1/4 pound sliced turkey, 4 slices of Swiss cheese and more coleslaw than most normal people would consume.
I usually grab a bag of shredded coleslaw mix and make my own coleslaw. It’s fresher & cheaper. If you’re not up for that, then grab a container of coleslaw at the deli.
Add two slices of bread to a buttered skillet. Bread should be side by side – not assembled / stacked like a sandwich. Add cheese to bread and cook until cheese is melted & bread is buttery golden brown.
Assemble your sandwich to your liking. It’s gonna be a bit messy of a sandwich to eat – it’s part of the joy.
If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps add a slice of avocado or some bacon.
The Rachel Sandwich
- 2 slices thick bread whole grain, whole wheat or sourdough
- sliced turkey
- coleslaw – homemade recipe below
- Swiss cheese
- thousand island dressing optional
- 1 tablespoon butter
- *Note*When I make this sandwich – I like to make it BIG. Amounts of ingredients will depend on how hearty of a sandwich you like. I used approximately a 1/4 pound sliced turkey, 4 slices of Swiss cheese and more coleslaw than most normal people would consume.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add both slices of bread to pan – not on top of each other.
- Place cheese on each slice of bread, still open face.
- Cook until cheese is melted and bottoms of bread are golden brown.
- Remove bread and assemble sandwich – turkey on the bottom, top with coleslaw and a drizzle of thousand island dressing.
- Cut in half and enjoy!
Easy Homemade Coleslaw
- 1 pound bag of shredded coleslaw mix
- 1/2 cup REAL mayonnaise none of that sweet stuff
- 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine mayo, vinegar, sugar, pepper & salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Add coleslaw mix, stir until thoroughly combined.
Here’s a fun read – “The Absolute Best Delis In The US” from Mashed. Check it out!
oh wow, that’s crazy! I can’t say I’m overly surprised as so many of those packaged breads seem to have so many added chemicals, etc but that’s insane. I usually have to make my own bread anyway as I’m extremely gluten intolerant but that’s a sure sign about the quality of those breads. I’ve heard of Dave’s killer breads and some good reviews but unfortunately I can’t try it 🙁 If he comes out with a GF one, I’m on it haha! This sandwich looks amazing! Love turkey and swiss, but great idea adding 1000 islands dressing! YUM 😀