Crumpets Reuben

The Big Apple comes to Crumpetshire!

We can't believe it took us so long to try this one - it is a triumph!


Preparation: 10 minutes Serves: 6 crumpets
Cooking: 30 minutes Cold-buttered crumpets
Ingredients Quantity (metric) Quantity (imperial)
Medium white onions (peeled and finely chopped) 1/4 1/4
Butter 10 g 0.35 oz
Sauerkraut (drained weight) 125 g 4.4 oz
Chicken stock 50 ml 1.75 floz
White wine 50 ml 1.75 floz
Juniper berries 6 6
Whole cloves 4 4
Salt and pepper Not too little Not too much
Russian dressing
Shallots (peeled and very finely chopped) 2 tsp 2 tsp
Gherkins (very finely chopped) 2 tbsp 2 tbsp
Tomato ketchup 3 tbsp 3 tbsp
Mayonnaise 2 tbsp 2 tbsp
Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp
Tabasco sauce 1 tsp 1 tsp
Salt and pepper Not too little Not too much
The rest
Corned beef or salt beef (sliced) 200 g 7 oz
Swiss cheese (sliced) For 6 crumpets For 6 crumpets
Dill pickles 6 6


      The sauerkraut

      • We spent several years eating sauerkraut straight from the jar, so imagine our delight when we discovered that cooking it and adding some flavour makes it a heap and half nicer!
      • We've included quantities required for this dish, but you can always do more and enjoy Crumpetwurst a day or two later! 
      • Melt the butter in a large non-stick pan. Add the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes until the onion is soft.
      • Add the sauerkraut, chicken stock, white wine, juniper berries, cloves, salt and pepper.
      • Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

      The Russian dressing       

      • The supermarkets round our way don't sell Russian dressing, but if you have that luxury, you could save a few minutes. Otherwise:
      • Mix all the ingredients together.

      The crumpets       

      • Add the Russian dressing, beef and sauerkraut.
      • Top with cheese and grill under a moderate heat for a minute or two, until the cheese has started to melt.
      • Serve with the dill pickles on the side (which we neglected to do for the photos).
      • You have yourself an OD meal right there!