Reuben Breakfast Sandwich On Pumpernickel English Muffins

December 27, 2012 by Ali

Our guest posting this week continues with the lovely Megan from Country Cleaver! I had the pleasure of finally meeting Megan recently at a blogging conference, where we did Dirty Dancing impersonations and created a fondant cake that Duff Goldman actually complimented!! I completely adore her and regularly find myself booking lots and lots of her recipes, so I know that you’ll enjoy this one!

Hi everyone, it’s so nice to join you all today! For those who probably don’t know me, I’m Megan of Country Cleaver, a wheat-field-ophile, country loving, city dwelling chick with a June Cleaver complex. Since Ali is galavanting all over Europe and having a smashingly good time, according to her intstagrams, I’m here today to fill your eyes and hopefully tummy with my favorite recipe of 2012 - The Reuben Breakfast Sandwich on Pumpernickel English Muffins.

Reubens are my all time favorite sandwich, with the sauce, the kraut, the pastrami and the caraway seeds, It’s a magical combination that is sadly often relegated to the lunch table rather than the breakfast one. On a fateful Saturday morning that all changed! Weekend breakfasts usually involve an at-home muffin sandwich with egg, a little cheese and a slice (or two) of bacon if we’re feeling rebellious, which is always. Somehow this started to seem so mundane and rut-like that I felt compelled to take that boring old breakfast muffin up a notch. Or ten.

Was my patience ever rewarded. Making english muffins at home is so much fun, and really quite easy. When you can make a dozen english muffins at home, feel like a rockstar AND save yourself some money – it’s a win all around. And when a warm homemade English muffin straight from the oven envelopes fried pastrami, warm kraut and is dripping with horseradish Russian sauce, prepare to see your life changed.

If this is your first time making bread – don’t be afraid, the force is there within you. Channel it and you will be so surprised by the results. I promise.

Lovely meeting you all here today and I hope to see you around the blogosphere soon. Happy holidays and all the best to you in the new year!

Reuben Breakfast Sandwich on Pumpernickel English Muffins


    Reuben Breakfast Sandwich:
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 large slices Pastrami
  • ½ cup Sauerkraut
  • ¼ cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • ¼ tsp Horseradish puree
  • 2 Pumpernickel English Muffins (recipe below)
  • English Muffins:
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil, For Greasing Bowl
  • 4 ounces, fluid Water, Between 100-105 Degrees
  • 7 ounces, fluid Milk, Between 100-105 Degrees
  • ? ounces, weight Instant Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Divided
  • 1/2 pound Flour, All Purpose
  • ½ pound Rye Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 1 Tsp Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Caraway Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cups Cornmeal For Working Dough


To Make The Reuben Sandwiches:

Mix together mayo, ketchup and horseradish. Slice english muffins and toast.

In large skillet, sauté pastrami until heated through and browned slightly. Heat sauerkraut until hot. Remove pastrami and kraut and set aside.

Add butter to the pan and fry two eggs until just set. Slater mayo/ketchup/horseradish mixture onto english muffins, top with pastrami, kraut and fried egg. Promptly devour.

To Make The English Muffins:

Grease a large mixing bowl with vegetable oil. Set aside. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together water, milk, yeast, 1 tablespoon of butter (melted and cooled to between 100-105ºF) and 5 ounces of flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes to form a “sponge” or “starter” for muffins.

Once the sponge has doubled in size, attach dough hook to the stand mixer along with the bowl. Turn on low and add in remaining flours, cocoa powder and molasses to the sponge that was formed. Add in salt and caraway seeds. Allow to mix on medium and knead until satin and smooth, approximately 5 minutes. When kneading is complete, scrape dough from mixer bowl and transfer to greased bowl that had been set aside. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 375ºF. Dust a clean and sanitized countertop or work surface with cornmeal. Turn out dough from greased bowl and stretch evenly until it is about 3/4? thick. Handle dough lightly so it does not become tough.

With a 4? round biscuit cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Place them on parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Re-roll dough to obtain more muffin rounds. But do not re-roll more than once.

In a large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to coat the pan on about medium heat. Lightly brown each side of each muffin, about 1 minute per side. Place each muffin back onto lined baking sheet until all have been browned.

Place in heated oven for 15-20 minute until cooked through. Immediately cool on a wire rack when completely cooked. Serve warm with jam of your choice and devour.

The muffins can be frozen to preserve or eaten within 4 days.

Recipe courtesy of Megan Keno from Country Cleaver.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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15 thoughts on “Reuben Breakfast Sandwich On Pumpernickel English Muffins

  1. Hi Ali – the breakfast reuben sounds sooo good. Can you clarify how much yeast to use? It’s unclear in the posted recipe. Thanks!

    - Linda

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love love love English muffins and now I know I can make my own :)

    P.S. I’ve featured this recipe in my Awesome Brunch Ideas roundup here:

    - Monica (@mieletcharme)

  3. These sound fabulous but how much yeast is required in pumpernickel muffins ? “?” isn’t good enough!!!!!

    - Jill Haliburton

  4. I featured one of your recipes in my post: Best Recipes of 2012. Check it out!

    - Chelsea Recently

  5. So I saw this post on my google reader under your blog and I thought to myself “Wow, that’s such a Megan recipe.” Ands then of course I come to this page and she’s guest posting!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  6. This looks soooooo good!!!!! I know what
    i’m having for breakfast tomorrow ;)


    - summer

  7. Um, this is basically my most favorite thing in LIFE.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  8. My boyfriend is obsessed with Reubens. I think he’ll love this if I make these and surprise him on New Years’ Day… Love it! Thanks, Megan (and Ali, too!)

    - Nikki

  9. On my computer, the weight of yeast shows up as a question mark. How much yeast should be used?

    - Shannon

  10. WOWWWWWWW that sounds soooo good! what a fabulous breakfast!

    - little kitchie

  11. This looks insane!

    - Margherita

  12. oh maaahhhhh goodness!!!!!!!

    - Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

  13. Those looks just delicious. My Reuben-obsessed friends will love this!

    - Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat

  14. Lovely guest post and this is exactly what I need right now!

    - Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today