Photo: Alison Miksch Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Braising may destroy some of the good bacteria on the surface of the tempeh. But as long as the internal temp doesn't get too high, most of the probiotics will survive.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place Greek yogurt, ketchup, 2 tablespoons sauerkraut, and mustard in a mini food processor; process until smooth.

Step 2

Cut tempeh in half horizontally; cut each half into 4 slices, forming 8 pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add vinegar, soy sauce, dill, and caraway, stirring constantly. Add tempeh; cook 1 minute on each side. Add 1 1/4 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until water evaporates, turning tempeh occasionally.

Step 3

Preheat broiler to high. Place 4 bread slices in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet. Divide cheese evenly among bread slices. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts. Top cheese with about 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture, 1 1/2 tablespoons onion mixture, 2 pieces tempeh, and about 3 tablespoons sauerkraut. Spread remaining yogurt mixture evenly over 1 side of remaining 4 bread slices. Place bread, yogurt side down, on top of sauerkraut.

Ratings & Reviews

Very good sandwich with a few tweaks..

September 11, 2016
I made the sandwich according to the instructions and it was good but I made a few adjustments the second go around. I added salt to the yogurt 'thousand island sauce'. I sliced the onions into strips instead of chopping them and I added a bit more soy. I only used 1/4 tsp caraway bc I don't like too much of it, and I used fresh dill. The other reviews weren't very good but I thought this was a great vegetarian version of a Reuben.

Not my 'Fave'

June 28, 2016
A lot of work for a very disappointing result. Basically, it had no flavor despite the fresh sauerkraut and the long list of ingredients. Unfortunately, it is not a substitute for a real Reuben sandwich.

Sour Sandwich

June 11, 2016
My family loves tempeh recipes.  But this didn't work for us at all.  I will be curious to see what other reviewers have to say.