Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Sauerkraut on Rye

Grilled cheese sandwich with Gruyere Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread. Great combination!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Rye
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Serving 1 sandwich


  • 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. Butter slices of bread on one side and place butter side down on hot frying pan:

    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 cheese, sauerkraut, and top with cheese-less bread slice:

    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. Flip the sandwich in the pan:

    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.