The World's Best Sauerkraut Toastie

The Cultured Collective Fermented Foods Kimchi Sauerkraut

The Reuben sandwich is probably where most first encounter sauerkraut. This classic American toastie hits all the right notes: buttery bread, salted cured meats, lashings of hot, melted cheese and hearty helping of sauerkraut to balance out all that richness and add a moreish crunchy texture. Whilst not typically seen as healthy, a few simple swaps can upgrade the classic to a quick and tasty gut-loving lunch!

Makes: 1 Toasted sandwich

  • 2 x slices of good quality sourdough
  • 4 slices of mixed cheese (we like Emmental, Gruyere, and a good sharp Cheddar)
  • 2 slices salt beef/pastrami
  • 3 tbsp of The Cultured Collective Original Caraway Sauerkraut 
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp butter


1. Generously butter both sides of the bread

2. Spread the Dijon mustard on one side of one of the slices of sourdough. Add 2 slices of cheese, the Salt Beef and the sauerkraut. Top with the remaining cheese and the second slice of sourdough.

3. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat until really hot. Fry the sandwich for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Flip the sandwich and fry the other, buttered side. It helps to add a weight to the top of sandwich whilst cooking.

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