Corned Beef Hoagie with Spicy Slaw

If you’ve been following Simply Fresh Cooking since the beginning, this sandwich might look eerily familiar – but back then it was called a Reuben Style French Dip with Spicy Slaw.  That was Bill’s second post ever… awwww.  Please pay no attention to those old photos of mine, by the way.

Bill thought up the idea for that genius sandwich when we had leftover corned beef from St. Patty’s Day.  I never, ever have been able to forget how fantastic that was.  Juicy and messy, crispy and soggy at the same time from the hot beef broth, a little spicy crunch from the slaw… I couldn’t wait for a year to pass to eat it again.

But, things happen.  I wasn’t up for all of the work that Bill put into making it last year…

Soooo, I took the easy way out.  There are only a few differences between Bill’s Reuben sandwich from last year and the sandwich in this post.  He shredded the veggies for the homemade slaw, he made homemade pickles for the slaw, and the hoagie was turned inside out and grilled.  Oh, but let us not forget the fact that he made his own Corned Beef (whaaaaat?).  What I’m saying is, he didn’t buy it out of the package.  Yeah.  That’s just how he rolls.  *Cough*. Fancy pants. *Cough*.

My easy (but still just as good) sandwich uses packaged corned beef, a bag of packaged slaw mix, jarred pickles, and it’s not grilled – just broiled open-faced to melt the Swiss cheese.  Popping it under the broiler for a few minutes actually makes half of the hoagie golden brown, so you’re still getting a little bit of that crispiness from the bread  that you might be missing from Bill’s version.

Let’s talk pickles real quick.  If you want to make homemade pickles, go for it.  Fancy pants Bill also has a post for Quick Pickles.  If you’d rather not take that extra step, go for something like Nathan’s brand.  They’re so good and still have that “made from scratch” feel you’d get from a homemade pickle.

Have I mentioned the homemade mayo for the slaw?  Guess who has a post for that, too?

You guessed it.  Fancy pants.

I kid.

But seriously – this is an excellent splurge for a special occasion, and this big ol’ messy sandwich really is a treat!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!…