Reuben Dogs

I probably say a lot of sandwiches are my favorite, but if we get rid of the basics (PBJs and grilled cheeses) then I can pretty confidently say that a Reuben is my most requested, most ordered sandwich. I always forgo the meat and occasionally swap in sauteed mushrooms and peppers or even just slices of tomato. Josh, on the other hand, is not really into sauerkraut and will kick and scream over eating a Reuben until he’s actually eating it — at which point, he remembers that sauerkraut + thousand island dressing = pure bliss.

Reuben Dogs @hiddenfruitnveg

In a random twist the other day, I was craving some kind of smoky meatiness on my Reuben, which is very strange because I’ve never actually had a Reuben with meat on it over the course of my life. Lightlife was kind enough to send over some coupons recently and since I love their meaty substitutes, I knew needed to make use of one now. I think *once* I made a tempeh Reuben, but it involved a lot of simmering and I was feeling a little lazy. Since brats and sauerkraut go together so fantastically, I knew their SmartSausages would be a delicious addition to my Reuben!

Reuben Dogs @hiddenfruitnveg

I prepared mine on the stove/oven, but these could easily be made on the grill. Grill the brat on the grill, and set the assembled goodness on the little top rack with the lid closed so the cheese can get melty. No excuse not to eat tasty Reuben dogs year round. Best of all, Lightlife is giving away a couple of coupons for free product — see the Rafflecopter below to enter! I love the taste and texture of Lightlife, plus the sausages are a little lower in calories than I’ve seen for other veggie sausages — win, win, win!

Reuben Dogs @hiddenfruitnveg

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Reuben Dogs
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Serves: Varies

  • Lightlife Smart Sausages, Smoked or Italian (or your favorite veggie brat/sausage)
  • Sauerkraut, pressed with paper towel to remove excess liquid
  • Thousand Island dressing (such as this Greek yogurt homemade variety)
  • Swiss cheese, shredded or cut into small strips
  • Hot dog buns (Rye if you can find them! I recommend using top split buns for easy assembly)

  1. Preheat oven to broil and heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat (If grilling, preheat grill).
  2. Spritz the skillet or grill with nonstick spray and cook the sausages until hot.
  3. Put each sausage in a bun and top with your desired amount of sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and Swiss cheese.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is melty or place the buns on the small top rack of your grill and heat until melty.

Amounts for ingredients purposefully excluded — this recipe easily adapts to serve 1 or 15 as long as you have enough sausages and buns! I recommend a couple of tbsps of cheese and kraut for each dog with a tablespoon of dressing.
Nutritional estimates will vary based on your buns and portions of toppings.

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    amy tolley Jul 08, 2015

    this sounds like a great recipe

    Kristen Ahern Jul 08, 2015

    I just found out that sauerkraut is actually really good for anxiety! That would make this the perfect treat for a stressful day 🙂

    Joanne Jul 05, 2015

    I’ve never been super into reubens, but maybe because my meat aversion to the thought of them is so intense! Obviously these veg hot dogs change everything.

    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks Jul 02, 2015

    I packed sauerkraut for part of my dinner on my flight! Your post is making me so glad I did!

    afracooking Jul 02, 2015

    Uii, I think I have missed out: I have never had a reuben in my life. Even hot dogs I can count on 1-2 hands. But ooooh just looking at your pics I am already addicted! Yum!

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Jul 01, 2015

    Sauerkraut is seriously one of my favorite things EVER! It’s funny because I used to hate it in college 😉

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy Jul 01, 2015

    It seems that everyone is posting sandwich recipes today haha.
    I love anything with thousand island dressing on. I would put that stuff on everything.