Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sauerkraut on Rye

I used to love grilled cheese sandwiches growing up; cheddar on wheat bread is what we usually had, using plenty of butter to make the toast tasty and crispy. Here is a variation of that classic theme, but using aged Gruyere Swiss cheese on dark rye bread, with added sauerkraut. Yum!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sauerkraut on Rye Recipe

  • Yield: Serves one.


  • 2 slices dark rye bread
  • Several thin slices of aged, Gruyere Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup drained and heated sauerkraut
  • 2 teaspoons of butter


1 Heat a frying pan to medium high heat. For each slice of bread, butter one side and place slice butter side down on the hot pan.

2 Add a layer of cheese to one of the slices. As the bread begins to toast just slightly, and the cheese begins to soften, spread the heated sauerkraut over the slice of bread with cheese. Using a spatula, flip the cheese-less bread slice over on top of the slice with cheese and sauerkraut.

3 After 30 sec or so, check to see if the cheese is just beginning to melt. If it is, flip the whole sandwich over onto the other side. Toast a minute more or less on that side until the cheese has melted, but isn't runny. Remove the sandwich from the pan. Slice in half.

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  • joey

    This sounds heavenly! And I just happen to have a hunk of aged Gruyere on hand…I really like the comfort that a good grilled cheese sandwich conveys. I have never had it with sauerkraut though…must try! :-)

  • Marc Lyons

    Sounds really great….will have it tonight! Glad I stumbled by your site(s)…great recipes, music, and the photos are nice as well.
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    Thanks, Marc

  • annulla

    Nice idea. Kind of like a Reuben sandwich without the meat. I’m going to try this.

  • Daniel

    This is as good as it sounds- very tasty and moresish- definitely give it a go!

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