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Playing Open Face Reubens with Red Cabbage Slaw


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, very thinly shredded
  • 1 small Honeycrisp apple, chopped
  • 1 cup unfiltered cider
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 4 large slices good-quality marbled rye bread
  • 1 pound deli-sliced roast pork or mild imported ham
  • 8 deli slices Emmenthaler cheese


Serves: 4


In a large skillet, heat the oil, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and cook to wilt. Stir in the apple, cider, brown sugar, vinegar and caraway seeds; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook, tossing occasionally with tongs, until the liquid is evaporated, about 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, ketchup, relish, lemon juice and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat broiler.

Slather the bread with sauce. Layer each slice with some slaw, loosely piled pork (or ham) and 2 cheese slices. Broil to melt cheese. Pass extra slaw at the table.