Pumpkin Reuben

Man. Thanksgiving puts a lot of pressure on a girl.

I just looked at the calender and realized it's creeping up on me. I've had my head buried so deep in pumpkin and blog stuff I have forgotten all the work I want to have done around the house, before I open the doors to all of our friends and family.

The house is all new on the inside so it's not like I need to go crazy, but I need to do some major de-cluttering. How is it possible we have only lived here since June/July and I have so much stuff everywhere?

My husband also started to build me an office off the side of the kitchen, it's almost done. But so many small things need to be done. I need to furnish/decorate it. I think I'm pushing it on time!

But forget the house.... I need to plan a menu! Priorities. If they are all so busy stuffing their faces they won't notice my unfinished office or the dust bunnies in the corner right?

7 more days of pumpkin recipes and then I can turn my focus onto the upcoming holidays.

Today for #30DaysOfPumpkin. I made a really non pumpkiny-pumpkin recipe. There is pumpkin there, but you can hardly tell. It's fun fall twist on the Reuben. Slices of tender corned beef, piled high with cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, and a red cabbage slaw tossed in my pumpkin cranberry vinaigrette.

Pumpkin Reuben 

  • Your favorite pumpernickel bread. Or you can go with a pumpernickel rye blend like I Did
  • 4 oz of sliced cooked corned beef per sandwich 
  • 2 oz of cheddar cheese per sandwich
  • 1 tbs of butter per sandwich
  • Pumpkin Cranberry Coleslaw *recipe follows
For the coleslaw:
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3 tbs pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbs cranberry mustard
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of black pepper


  1. First start by preparing your coleslaw. In a small bowl whisk together pumpkin, mustard, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, water, maple salt and pepper. 
  2. Once combined toss with shredded cabbage.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour before use. 
  4. To assemble your sandwiches. Place layers of beef and cheese on one piece of bread. Top with coleslaw and your second piece of bread. 
  5. Fry over medium high heat with 1 tbs of butter until toasted on each side.  

*This recipe makes a couple cups of coleslaw, if you are not using it all for sandwich making. It sores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  I also made a double batch of the slaw dressing to have on hand. It goes great on salads. I decided to top my sandwich with an extra dollop of that instead of Thousand Island Dressing. This however is completely optional and not necessary.



  1. haha we've been in our house since December and I still have stuff everywhere. (not to mention my office/craft room is still in boxes!) Love the reuben too!

    1. Boxes and clutter drive me insane! I wonder If I will ever fully unpack?

  2. I've been putting off switching out my summer and winter clothes for at least 3 weeks. Cold is here to stay, so I need to get down to business! Crazy that it's almost November--where'd this month go??? (PS. I love creative sammie recipes. We do fun paninis all the time, but have yet to try a pumpkin version. Great idea!)

    1. two months from today... is Christmas!!! Whhhhat?! How did summer end so fast?

  3. MOUTH WATERING!! I just fell in love with this sandwich :)

  4. Reuben used to be my favorite sandwich ever, until I gave up meat.. and well, now I can just live in the Reuben tasting memories :)

    1. Oh you poor thing! I tried to give up meat for a year... Now I'm back to my carnivoristic ways.

  5. You are so full of energy Carrie, I have no doubt you'll be all caught up by November 2nd, and will then be so 'bored' you'll have to embark on some other crazy huge project! Lol! I love the cranberry slaw. What kind of mustard did you use? Was it Stonewall?

    1. I actually use my mom's brand. Nannies Canning. Though I think I've tried Stonewalls.

  6. youre killing it here! Reubens are a favorite sandwich in this household..this looks to die for!