Moving on from Marks and Spencer's veggie butternut squash and tabbouleh wrap to another veggie sandwich, this time from Waitrose. New and exclusive to Waitrose is this veggie take on a rueben sandwich. Now I've never had a rueben before so can't do a fair comparison and I've also had to look up what a reuben sandwich is - apparently it's an American sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing sandwiched in rye bread.
The Waitrose veggie rueben appears fairly authentic with dark rye bread encompassing Emmental cheese, pickled slaw with American mustard dressing and a Russian dressing. The veggie twist is provided by switching the corned beef for roasted chesnut mushrooms, which I could see working as mushrooms have a nice meaty, umami, savoury flavour.
I love dense Scandinavian bread so the rye bread is a much welcome change to your standard pre packaged sandwich. It's dark and nutty and gives a strong flavour that holds its own against some even stronger fillings. This sandwich has a very hard hitting flavour punch due to some real hard hitting flavours. Particularly strong is the slaw and Russian dressing, which have a very strong, salty taste with a real flavour of gherkins. Gherkin haters avoid as this comes through strongly but I really liked it.
Emmental cheese provides a nice Swiss creamy cheese with a nutty tone that works well with the nuttiness of the bread and a nice creamy contrast to the crunchy slaw. The mushrooms aren't particularly identifiable against the other strong flavours but they are in there and give a nice bit of moisture and bulk to the sandwich and in my mind doing a good job as a veggie alternative to corned beef,
Whilst not as jam packed with textures and flavours as the M&S butternut squash, it's another winner of a veggie sandwich - so much more interesting than a bog standard egg and cress or cheese and tomato. It's very Scandinavian tasting and for all its bold , salty tones, it's quite a light eat so you don't feel too bogged down after eating it.
Bought at: Waitrose
Nutrition per pack: 374 calories, 14.4g fat, 3.9g sat fat, 7.8g sugars, 1.74g salt