One thing I really, really missed when I started the Paleo diet were Reubens. I could eat them all day, every day. While on this diet I would only have a Reuben once or twice a year. Now, I have finally found a way I can eat them without the carb and grain loaded bread. Truly amazing. This was so much fun to experiment with and so easy to make. If you’re strict Paleo, Health Bent has a thousand island dressing recipe with only 5 ingredients. Also, you can substitute the heavy cream with full fat coconut milk in my recipe. Always use full fat cream, yogurt, cheese, etc. No point getting low-fat. It tastes worse in recipes, it’s usually higher in carbs, and fat does not make you fat. I can’t stress that enough. The whole ‘eating low fat’ thing was a fad that started in the 80s and just needs to die off already. If you would like to look into this, read Gary Taubes book Why We Get Fat.
…How did that just turn into a rant?….I guess that’s what happens when you write in a ‘stream of consciousness’ fashion…anyway…
For the waffles (makes 4-5 square slices in my waffle maker):
2 cups almond flour
3 eggs, whisked
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled, or your fat of choice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2-1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2-1 teaspoon sesame seeds (sprinkle it and eyeball it. Doesn’t have to be exact. Same goes for poppy seeds)
1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
For the reuben goodness:
.3-.5 lb corned beef, thinly sliced from the deli (get however much you want! you can always double this recipe!)
1/2-1 cup sauerkraut (again, as much as you want!)
Thousand island dressing
4-8 slices of swiss cheese
1/2-1 tablespoon butter
1. Heat your waffle iron. In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, baking soda, garlic powder, s&p, and seeds. Then add the whisked eggs, heavy cream, and melted butter until well combined. Make sure your butter is cool so it won’t cook the eggs. Then spoonful the batter into you waffle iron and poof…Paleo sandwich bread.
2. When the waffles come out of the iron, set them on your plate(s), lay however many slices of swiss cheese you want on one side, so it will slightly start to melt over it.
3. In a large skillet, melt a tablespoon or 1/2 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add however much corned beef and sauerkraut you want for your sandwiches. You can keep them separate, but in the same skillet. Or mix it. Whatever you like. Heat it up, flipping/stirring, so the corned beef slices start to curl and get slightly browned.
4. Straight from the skillet, pile the corned beef and sauerkraut right on top of the swiss cheese so it melts even more. Top it with dressing and another waffle slice.