The Reuben. One of my all-time favorite sandwiches! So what did I do? Naturally, because this is me, I turned the classic combination into a pizza. That's just what I do.
So let's see how to build a Reuben pizza. Start, of course, by getting your crust ready. (Click here to read more about pizza dough.) Then spread it with a generous slathering of Thousand Island dressing. I didn't make my own here ... I just used bottled. Not sure I know how to make my own Thousand Island dressing, but I bet it could be figured out if you really want to be homemade with that. Next, lay some Swiss cheese slices on top of the dressing, like this:
Top the Swiss cheese with well-drained sauerkraut ... I love sauerkraut! ... and then with some roughly-chopped pastrami. Or corned beef, if that's what you prefer. Or probably even turkey pastrami, though I haven't tried that out yet. But I bet it would work just fine.
Now, to be truly authentic with the whole Reuben combination, you should sprinkle a few caraway seeds over the top right now. For me - no way!!! I absolutely detest caraway seeds! If I'm eating something and there's one teeny-tiny caraway seed in the entire dish, I will taste it and know. That's how much I dislike them. There aren't a lot of flavors I don't like, but caraway is one of them. Needless to say, I order my Reuben sandwiches on something other than rye bread.
Okay, now that I'm done my little caraway rant, let's get back to building Reuben pizza.
Top the pizza off with a nice layer of shredded mozzarella, like so:
And then pop it in the oven to get all golden and melty. Yum! Doesn't that look good?
If you like Reubens, give this pizza a try - with or without the caraway. But if you're making it for me, please be kind and skip the caraway! Thank you sooooo much.
Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought dough ball; click here to read more about pizza dough)
About 1/2 c. Thousand Island dressing6 slices Swiss cheese
About 2 c. sauerkraut, well-drained
1/2 lb. deli pastrami or corned beef, roughly chopped
2 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
Roll pizza dough out to desired size; place on preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread a layer of Thousand Island dressing over the crust for sauce. Lay Swiss cheese slices over dressing, then top evenly with sauerkraut and pastrami. Sprinkle with caraway seeds (optional). Top with shredded mozzarella. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to get golden brown.