Miniature open-faced Reuben cocktail bites

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This humble deli sandwich looks so chic in miniature, it took centre stage at our holiday party!


1/2 loaf sliced pumpernickel, crusts removed

Butter, for brushing toasts

1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained

12-14 slices shaved pastrami

1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

Thousand Island dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons relish


For dressing, in small bowl, combine all ingredients. Set aside. Can be made up to a week in advance.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut pumpernickel in 12 to 14 3-inch squares, brush with butter and toast for 5 minutes. Preheat broiler. Top each toast with a teaspoon of Thousand Island dressing. Divide sauerkraut among toasts, top each with one loosely folded piece of pastrami. Divide Swiss cheese among toasts. Place under broiler for 1-2 minutes until melted, watching carefully.