Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwich


Talk about your savory dishes!  This is our favorite variation on the classic Reuben sandwich, and it was brought to us by our friends at Bon Appetit Magazine.  We’ve enjoyed this amazingly tasty sandwich for St. Patrick’s Day several years in a row, and it is holding on as one of our favorites.  We’ve tried packaged corned beef, but this year Cath stopped at the deli counter and had them shave it very thin.  We piled it high and topped with the fontina cheese, which became a soft, gooey delight.  The layer of onions on this creation adds a delicious snap, and the dijon mustard is a welcome change from the usual russian or thousand island dressing with which we grew up.  The ultimate compliment for this meal was provided by our Irish daughters, Megan and Kelly, who both raved at the amazing flavor.  As I said good night to them they even recounted to me the textures and flavors they enjoyed so much.  It was that good!


  • 8 slices Jewish-style rye bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound thinly sliced corned beef
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced Fontina cheese
  • 1/2 sweet onion (such as Maui or Vidalia), thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, divided


Place 4 bread slices on work surface. Spread mustard on 1 side of each. Divide corned beef among bread slices. Top with cheese and onion. Cover with remaining 4 bread slices, pressing slightly to adhere.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in each of 2 large nonstick skillets over medium heat. Place 2 sandwiches in each skillet and cook until golden brown on bottom, pressing occasionally with spatula, about 3 minutes. Turn sandwiches over and cook until golden on bottom and cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Transfer sandwiches to plates, cut in half, and serve.


2 Responses to Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwich

  1. Cathy says:

    Wow!! Great picture~ Makes me hungry just looking at it. And yes, the Fontina Cheese definitely makes it gooey and who doesn’t like hot, melting cheese!

  2. Cathy says:

    I also think that kids love this sandwich because it doesn’t have sauerkraut…another traditional ingredient on a Reuben that not many children enjoy.

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