When I take the classics and create dishes or desserts, that fit our taste and goals, I usually end up with what I call: Faux Foods. Foods that are similar to the 'classics', but with a style of our own. We like them, and that is what counts.
Here is one such 'Faux Food': The Faux CaliforniaNota Bene: I do not use any secret sauce or Thousand Island Dressing...you can, but then it wouldn't be our Faux California RS. Don't get me wrong, we like the sauce, too, but this tastes perfect without the sauce (or without the Swiss cheese). I think the grilled bread keeps better and the pepper-jack cheese flavor is enhanced, without drowning the cheese in sauce. Besides, I am not a big Swiss cheese fan. If it has Swiss cheese, bring on the secret sauce.
Reuben (or Ruben) Sandwich
Dark Rye Bread (or Marble if we can find it)
Pastrami from the deli
Hot Pepper Jack Cheese (or Mild Cheddar for one child)
Heat sauerkraut in microwave or stove-top.
Meanwhile, butter one side of rye bread. Place bread, butter side down on hot griddle (350 - 400).
Layer pastrami, cheese & warm sauerkraut on top of bread. Place second slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
After a minute or two, carefully flip over sandwich and grill until second side is toasted to deliciousness. It is best to enjoy this sandwich warm, right off the grill.