Corned Beef Sandwich Variations

March 17, 2012 7:56:00 AM PDT
Corned beef sandwiches are a staple for St. Patrick's Day, but that does not mean you always have to prepare them the same way.

Chef Camille Parker from Le Cordon Bleu (link: in Chicago joined us in our ABC7 studio kitchen to show us how to "beef up" the classic corned beef sandwich and even make a low-fat version!

Le Cordon Bleu offers weekend MasterChef cooking classes for foodies looking to sharpen their cooking skills.

Chef Camille Parker's Recipes:

Skinny Corned Beef Sandwich with Watercress, Apple & Horseradish Slaw
(Makes 2 Sandwiches)

2 tblsps Fresh Horseradish Root (grated on a box grater)
1 Cameo, Gala or Fuji Apple (Grated on a box grater)
12 sprigs Watercress
2 tblsps Light Vinegar, such as Champagne
To Taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper
4 slices Rye Bread
6 slices Corned Beef
2 slices Smoked Gouda
3 tblsps Dijon mustard

Make the slaw by combining the first 5 ingredients.
Set aside.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Spray with olive oil based pan release.
Spread the bread with the mustard, then place it side by side in the pan.
For each sandwich, layer the corned beef on one piece of bread and the Gouda on the other.
Cover with a lid, and let toast 2-3 minutes or until bread is golden and the cheese has melted.
Remove from the pan, and fill each sandwich with half of slaw mixture.

Classic Reuben
(Makes one sandwich)

2 slices Light Rye or Marble Rye Bread
2 slices Swiss Cheese
Thousand Island Dressing
3 slices Corned beef, Thinly Sliced
Sauerkraut, drained
4 tblsps Butter, room temperature

1. Heat a large skillet or a griddle on medium-low heat.
2. Build each sandwich in the following order on the bread: one slice Swiss cheese, dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut and the second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with remaining bread slice, butter each top.
3. Place each sandwich, buttered side down, in the skillet or griddle. Grill sandwiches until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Modern Reuben
(Makes one sandwich)

Your favorite small roll or slider bun
Kimchi (spicy)
Sambal Olek
Corned beef, thinly sliced

1. Slice the roll in half.
2. Mix the mayo with a little of the Sambal Olek to your taste.
3. Build with corn beef, kimchi and a dollop of spicy mayo.