Mini Reuben Melts

Assemble snack-sized versions of a classic reuben sandwich for your next potluck. The caramelized onions and ooey-gooey gruyere cheese will have everyone coming back again and again for more mini reuben sandwiches.

Mini Reuben Melts,
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Broil Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
16 appetizers


  • 4 Creamy Caramelized Onions (see recipe below)

  • 32 party pumpernickel bread

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 ounce thinly sliced corned beef

  • 4 ounce thinly sliced gruyère cheese, cut into 2-inch squares

  • cup bottled Thousand Island salad dressing

Creamy Caramelized Onions

  • 4 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 pound onions, thinly sliced

  • cup whipping cream

  • ¼ cup dry sherry

  • 2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prepare Creamy Caramelized Onions. Adjust oven rack so it is about 5 inches from the heat. Preheat broiler.

  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with oil. Place half of the bread slices on a large baking sheet. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven. Turn bread slices over to use for bottoms of sandwiches. Divide corned beef and the caramelized onions among bottom slices of bread; add cheese. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes more or until heated through and cheese starts to melt. Transfer to a serving platter.

  3. Place the remaining bread slices on the baking sheet. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  4. Spoon a small amount of salad dressing onto the bottom of each sandwich. Top with the remaining bread slices. Makes 16 appetizers.

Creamy Caramelized Onions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large heavy ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, combine whipping cream; dry sherry; Dijon-style mustard; brown sugar; garlic; salt; ground allspice; and ground black pepper. Pour mixture over onions; stir to combine. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.