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Challah Reuben “Grinder”

August 18, 2022 | by Micah Siva

The Jewish twist on the viral Grinder sandwich.

Whether you like it or not, Tiktok is here to stay. And it’s shaping everything from what we buy, how we dress, songs we listen to… and what we eat! The influence that Tiktok has is beyond measure, especially when it comes to what we’re whipping up in the kitchen. While a deep dive into what’s been trending over the past year ranges from salads to sodas, there’s one thing these recipes have in common… the WOW factor and combining unexpected flavors and ingredients, in a larger-than-life dish.

Popularized by Gray Fultz, of @ohheyimgray, the Grinder Sandwich became a Tiktok sensation with a sandwich that was stuffed with… well, just about everything from the deli case, sandwiched into a scooped out crusty bread loaf. A “Grinder Sandwich” is a New England term for a sandwich or sub that typically has hot fillings. This Italian American sandwich is full to the brim with cured meat, cheese, seasoned vegetables, and wrapped into a crispy roll… not exactly kosher!

The Grinder craze immediately had me dreaming of deli sandwiches and Jewish breads… so I created a Challah Reuben Grinder (with vegan cheese!) for a kosher alternative to the Grinder.

Deliciously messy, this sandwich is the perfect deli dish. My Jewish take on the viral “Grinder” sandwich. For more trendy recipes made Jewish check these out.

Did you know that in Jewish thinking the family dinner table actually has the status of the altar in the ancient Temple and that the food that we serve on it is likened to the offerings that were once made there? Get more Jewish food thoughts here.

Serves: 8


  • 1 large challah loaf
  • ½ cup thousand island dressing
  • 2 pounds corned beef or pastrami
  • 8 slices vegan white cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the challah in half lengthwise, and scoop out some of the middle dough, pressing down to flatten on both sides. Place it on a baking tray.
  3. Spread both sides with thousand island dressing.
  4. On one side, top with the corned beef or pastrami.
  5. On the other side, add the vegan cheese sliced.
  6. Top both sides with sauerkraut.
  7. Transfer the tray to the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  8. Slice, and enjoy.

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