Vegan Reubens

Oh my lord, did you miss me? I missed you guys, that much is for sure! Since my last post I have finished my thesis (during spring break, I pretty much just spring thesised), celebrated the long-awaited US release of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume I, grew another year older (I won’t bore you with the age or make you feel any older than you are!), ate some great vegan food in Asheville (dinner at Rosetta’s, organic beer at Pisgah Brewery, brunch at Over Easy,), and have eaten a ton of hummus on corn tortillas to get through the days.

I’m not quite up to speed with life, but I wanted you all to know that I’m still around and I’m about to get back into commenting like a mad woman. For the meantime, enjoy this salivating picture of Vegan Dad’s Vegan Reuben Sandwich.

The poet’s favorite food-thing, besides a good po’boy, is a Reuben sandwich. So for St. Paddy’s Day I decided to make him a vegan version. Vegan Dad’s recipe was super simple and easy and, according to my meat-eating friends and poet, tasted pretty darn close to the real deal. Whether the meat is authentic or not, it sure tasted good! I have a thing for sauerkraut, so the whole ensemble, vegan Thousand Island Dressing and sauerkraut, gets major points in my book. After I ran out of “corned beef,” I used Kittee’s gluten log with spectacular results. Vegan mayo+sauerkraut+”meat”+pumpernickel or rye bread=heaven.

I’ll be back soon with recipes on a regular basis, but I think I need to get through figuring out where I’m going to grad school (my deadline is this Saturday, eep) and defending my thesis (next Tuesday morning) first. You know, all those little details in my life at the moment. (smile)

P.S. Ricki, over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs is giving away maple syrup and a cake in honor of her new blog home!  Go check it out and enter the contest!

23 Responses to “Vegan Reubens”
  1. VeggieGirl says:


    Good luck with grad school decisions!!

  2. Leigh says:

    Happy Belated, Jess!

  3. Vegyogini says:

    I love vegan Reubens and yours looks delicious (as do the shredded Brussels sprouts). Good luck defending your thesis and choosing your grad school and happy belated birthday!

  4. Jodye says:

    Ooh looks delicious, especially the brussels! I hope your decision is easier than not!

  5. Amanda says:

    Yup, totally missed you and thought of you tonight as I pulled that delicious salad dressing that you wrote about a bit ago out of the back of my fridge tonight. Ya made me a salad lover too! I love reubens..will have to try this. Good luck with the life decisions and the thesis defending!!

  6. D@mn, girl! That’s fantastic. Many kudos on finishing your thesis!!!

  7. eatavegan says:

    Congrats on finishing your thesis, and good luck defending! If you don’t mind me asking, what did you write about? I’m in the middle of one over here too, although I’m lucky because mine’s not due til August so I have the whole summer…
    And happy birthday!

  8. Virginia says:

    glad you are back! i love vegan reubens!

  9. jessy says:

    hooooooooray on finishing your thesis! and good luck defending it! i know you’ll be awesome! w00t!

    and yes, i super missed you, Jes! that’s so cool you celebrated your birthday (happy birthday, belated!), enjoyed a fun time & lots of yummies in Asheville, and made a glorious good reuben for The Poet! mmmmmmm! those brussels look damn delicious!

    see ya in a bit when ya get all settled! glad you’re back! yay!

  10. Steve says:

    That looks great! One of the Moosewood cookbooks — I think the second one — has a recipe for tempeh reubens that I used to make. Totally yummy.

    As others have said, congrats on the thesis!

  11. allularpunk says:

    congrats on your thesis, good luck on defending it and deciding on grad school, and happy birthday! now that that’s all out of the way…i ❤ vegan reubens. seriously. i’ve never tried vegan dad’s recipe (usually do the tempeh one in vwav), but i’ll have to check it out. something about that hot and salty sammich is just…oh my. 🙂

  12. DaviMack says:

    Glad you’re done with the thesis! Welcome back!

  13. veggiebellie says:

    happy birthday! the sandwich looks salivating, indeed! im sure its a relief to finish your thesis 🙂 welcome back 🙂

  14. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Of course we missed you!! Happy belated birthday! And congratulations of finishing your thesis! What a great accomplishment.

    I sure could go for a reuben right now…

  15. NAOmni says:

    Glad your back and had a productive time! Vegan reubens…hmm interesting…


  16. Welcome back, Jes!! Happy belated birthday! You’ve been a busy little bee – YAY for finishing your thesis!

    Your reuben looks super fabulicious! What? It could be a word 😀

    Good luck defending your thesis and figuring out where you’re going to grad school!!

  17. Celine says:

    congrats on finishing your thesis! that’s just awesome news.

  18. shellyfish says:

    Yippie for the thesis being done! What a huge huge huge weight off your shoulders!
    And happy birthday, and those rubens look really good. I’ve actually never had one, vegan or otherwise!

  19. liz says:

    I wish I’d seen Vegan Dad’s recipe before I made my reuben !!
    Yours looks absolutely scrumptious, and I as well am mad about the sauerkraut aspect of this sandwich. And I do still have a big jar of it, so I might have to make some vegan corned beef to use it up. 😉

  20. mihl says:

    Congrats on getting the thesis done! Happy belated birthday, too and wow, those are some delicious looking reubens.

  21. lazysmurf says:

    I missed you, congratulations on the thesis that is so wonderful!!!!

    And happy birthday.

  22. Diann says:

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Good luck on Tuesday!

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