You’ll be surprised by just how delicious this sandwich is using a simple can of corned beef!
Wondering what to make with canned corned beef? This sandwich is quick, easy to make, versatile and so delicious! Follow me…
Let’s talk Bread!
I recommend using Ciabatta for a corned beef sandwich. Ciabatta has a gorgeous chewy texture and crisps up PERFECTLY. This offers a nice contrast to the very soft texture of the corned beef. Here I’ve used ciabatta panini rolls, but you can use regular ciabatta rolls or even use slices from a loaf.
What Cheese to use?
I love toasting some Swiss cheese onto the ciabatta, just as a nod to the classic Reuben sandwich.
Process shots: place rolls on baking tray (photo 1), slice in half (photo 2), brush two with oil and top two with cheese (photo 3), grill/broil (photo 4).
Corned Beef Sandwich
Here’s what I recommend for the sandwich fillings:
- Horseradish Mayo – Horseradish and beef pair perfectly. I like mixing in mayo to make more of a creamier sauce (homemade recipe in the recipe card below). You can however just use a very thin spread of horseradish, or even mustard!
- Caramelized Onions – These offer some sweetness to balance out the saltiness of the corned beef. You can use store-bought or make your own (homemade recipe in the recipe card below). If you’d prefer you can just fry up some onions.
- Rocket/Arugula – This offers some peppery goodness to pair with the corned beef.
- Tomatoes – Use some good quality vine-ripened tomatoes so they’re no too sour!
Can I use regular/homemade corned beef?
Yep! You can even use leftover beef from your roast dinner too if you fancy.
Process shots: allow to cool slightly (photo 1), spread one side with horseradish mayo (photo 2), top other with caramelized onions (photo 3), add corned beef (photo 4), top with rocket/arugula (photo 5), top with tomato (photo 6).
Serving a Corned Beef Sandwich
- Crisp/Chip Recommendation: I like Ready Salted with this, just because the flavours are already balanced nicely in the sandwich. I also sneak some of them in the sandwich too!
- Side Recommendation: Potato Salad works great as a side for this sandwich.
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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this corned beef sandwich shall we?!
How to make a Corned Beef Sandwich (Full Recipe & Video)
Canned Corned Beef Sandwich
- Baking Tray
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Brush & Small Pot (for oil - optional)
- 2 Ciabatta Rolls, halved
- 6 thick slices of Canned Corned Beef (see notes)
- 1/2 cup Caramelized Onions (see notes)
- 6-8 slices of Tomato
- 2 slices of Swiss Cheese (or cheese of choice)
- 2 tbsp Horseradish Mayo (see notes)
- 1 handful Rocket/Arugula
- Olive Oil, as needed
- Place ciabatta halves on a baking tray. Add a slice of cheese to two of them, then lightly brush the other two slices with oil. Place under the grill and broil until the cheese melts and the bread crisps.
- Stack the cheesy slice with caramelized onions, then corned beef, followed by rocket/arugula, then topped with tomato slices. Spread the oiled slice with horseradish mayo, then fold over and enjoy!
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This was a really creative way to use up canned corned beef! What a treat!!