Make no mistake, hereunto described Chili Reuben recipe is of no use when employed for the purpose of screening liver function. For that you’ll need a bilirubin test. Besides, my aim strays far from the realm of the diagnostic and well into the territory of lunch (or, for the bold, breakfast). Reuben sandwiches are delicious, as is chili. Let’s hope the food nuptials go as well as the (perceived, okay-imagined) courting.
– 6 oz (about 1 ½ C) Corned beef, diced into small bits
– ½ can (about 1 C) pork and beans
– 2 T jalapeno pepper, diced fine
– 2 t chili powder
– ½ t cumin
Simmer the above ingredients in a pan for 10 minutes.
Toast whole grain bread and prepare a sandwich with:
– Corned beef/chili hybrid
– Thousand Island Dressing (what are the GPS coordinates of this magical atoll of salad condiments?)
An interesting way to start the day indeed. I consumed this hearty sandwich prior to my first cup of morning coffee. The fact that I was functional enough to both prepare and consume nourishing (solid) food in advance of morning joe is a testament to my growing obsession with all things chili. The ITP sampled but did not center their breakfast on the Chili Reubens. A curious strategy in my opinion, as the sandwich was quite satisfying. Clearly present were elements of both Rueben and Chili. One suggested addition would be a thick slice of Swiss or Munster cheese. As caffeine had not yet coursed through my veins at food prep time, I completely forgot the cheese. Regardless, whichever side of the Rueben/Chili demarcation you stand on, with the Chili Reuben Sandwich I think you’ll find something into which you can sink your teeth. Best of all, not blood draw required.