Corned Beef Sandwiches with Pickled Cabbage

Corned Beef and Pickled Cabbage Sandwich

 I love a good sandwich…fresh, delicious ingredients tucked between slices of good bread…and the possible combinations are endless.  When I prepare Thanksgiving dinner this year my thoughts will be on the fat turkey sandwich that I will enjoy the next day when all the dishes are done, china and silver put away, and I can put my feet up and relax.  I wised up last St. Patrick’s Day and bought an extra corned beef at Costco that went into the freezer for another day.  I cooked it last week with a head of cabbage and assembled this delectable sandwich with the leftovers.

Corned Beef Sandwich

 Slices of home cooked corn beef can’t be beat but good deli meat is delicious too. I used hand made caraway rye from the farmers’ market and a thick slice of Tillamook White Cheddar Cheese.  I usually put sauerkraut on a Reuben sandwich and love it, but this time I quickly sauteed some finely shredded fresh cabbage with a little vinegar and spices and the crunch added a very appetizing texture and freshness.

Corned Beef Sandwich

 Lightly spread the bread with mayo and saute over medium heat until nicely browned and the cheese has melted. Pickles and potato chips are mandatory sides. A cold beer is optional but highly recommended.


I just arrived in Redmond, Oregon, for my annual fall vacation at Eagle Crest Resort.  I love this place because it is casual and rustic and at the same time very comfortable.  Oregon is known for its gorgeous coastline and rugged mountains and we also have a wonderful high dessert area here in the center of the state.  Night temperatures are close to freezing and daytime temps get up into the 70’s so guests can swim and sunbathe around the pools during the day and put on their ski parkas when the sun goes down.  A family of deer usually stroll by in the late afternoon on their way someplace and will come right up to look at us.  

Eagle Crest - a deer came to visit

Corned Beef Sandwiches with Pickled Cabbage
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage, about 8 ounces
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 ounces sliced sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced corned beef
  1. Whisk mayonnaise and Dijon mustard in small bowl. Set aside
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage, sliced onion, crushed coriander seeds and celery seeds, sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper and saute until wilted and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in white wine vinegar and sugar. Saute until all liquid is absorbed, about 30 seconds. Transfer to medium bowl; set aside. Wipe out skillet and reserve.
  3. Place slices of rye bread on work surface. Divide white cheddar cheese among 4 bread slices; top with corned beef, dividing meat slices equally. Divide cabbage mixture over corned beef. Spread 1 teaspoon mayonnaise mixture over each remaining bread slice; place rye bread slices atop cabbage, mayonnaise side down. Spread 1 teaspoon mayonnaise mixture over each top bread slice.
  4. Heat same skillet over medium heat. Add 2 corned beef sandwiches, mayonnaise side down. Spread some of remaining mayonnaise mixture over top bread slices. Cook sandwiches covered until golden brown and cheddar cheese melts, about 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches and serve.
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  1. Susan says

    Enjoy your vacation and thank you sharing this sandwich. I just saw beautiful corned beef at Sam’s Club today and I thought it was a little early for St. Patty’s Day…but then, maybe not.
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  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says

    Love the smell of vinegar hitting cabbage in the skillet, reminds me of G-Mom-B! Sounds like a great sandwich Cathy:@)
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  3. Peggy Recker says

    I love corned beef sandwiches as well as Rueben sandwiches. We have a great deli not far from here and I always get them for Norm.

  4. Foodiewife says

    I make your corned beef and cabbage recipe, every St. Patty’s day. I love it! I love a good, hot sandwich, Cathy. This looks delicious. So glad you are getting away for some R&R. Those mountains looks so beautiful, in the background.
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  5. Aimee says

    Have a great time in central Oregon Cathy–I LOVE the high desert of Oregon:) Mmm–your sandwich sounds yummy AND I think my DH would love it!

  6. Jessi @ Quirky Cookery says

    I used to hate the idea of Reuben sandwichs because I thought sauerkraut was disgusting. Then I dated a guy whose mother was Ukranian and she made fresh pickled cabbage regularly….sooo good! Now I’d happily eat a sandwich like yours and enjoy every bite, I’m sure. Mmmm.
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  7. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says

    I love your take on the cabbage. I love sauerkraut, but I don’t tolerate it well. This sounds like a great idea.
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  8. Larry says

    ” I love a good sandwich…” – me too and yours looks delicious Cathy
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  9. Rettabug says

    I am laughing to myself, Cathy, because I COOKED A CORNED BEEF TOO!!! I actually made it for a “half way to St. Pat’s Day” post that I had in mind, but then I got sick with this awful cold & never took any photos. GMTA

    Your sammie looks scrumptious! I’m always hungry after a visit to you blog. LOL
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  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes says

    It has been ages since i last had corned beef. The sandwich looks very delicious.
    Have a great vacation!
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  11. Ramona says

    Corn beef is our favorite sandwich meat! This pickled cabbage sounds great. I bet it really adds some zing to the sandwich.

  12. Marilyn says

    The sandwich sounds utterly delicious!
    Have a wonderful time in Redmond. Sounds wonderful!
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  13. Liz @ Virtually Homemade says

    Love the cabbage substitution and I loooove Central Oregon!
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  14. Kate says

    Great trip….nice to have a few days away from the daily grind! I would so enjoy this sandwich!!
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  15. Abbe@This is How I Cook says

    The one thing I miss about not eating meat anymore is corned beef. Totally love it and I love those deer. And that place looks pretty damn nice, too! Have fun!
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  16. Red Nomad OZ says

    Your sandwich contains a combination best described (by me, at least!) as ‘intriguing’!! As is your description of your home state that ALMOST tempts me to leave OZ to try it!!! Have a wonderful holiday!
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  17. Penny says

    I love a grilled sandwich and yours has just wonderful components. Enjoy your lovely vacation.
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  18. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) says

    Reading the title and then looking at the photo of that sandwich made me instantly hungry, and then throw in the vision of a turkey sandwich and I’m now starving. Enjoy that vacation Cathy.
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  19. ATasteOfMadness says

    These sandwiches sound fantastic! I always think of my brother when I think of corned beef. He used to make something with it everyday. Come to think about it, that’s probably the last time I had corned beef…
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