uber-rueben sammies & epic christmas breville giveaway!

Well, by crikey, do I have a treat for you! In what is bound to be my penultimate post of the year I have collaborated with the lovely people at Breville to create two recipes with a competition to WIN one the fabulous appliances used in their creation. (Two chances to win!)

The first recipe (and giveaway) is a twist on the traditional reuben sandwich, loaded with mustard, caramelised onion, layers of pastrami, melty Swiss cheese and topped with crunchy, sour gherkins…sunny arvo with a beer over the Christmas break sorted. Obviously there are a billion epic combinations to explore in the toasted sammie department (and I will list some of my faves below), but with the help of the Breville Perfect Press I at last have the solution to the squashed toastie conundrum. It has a Crush Control hinge so the bread gets deliciously golden on the outside without squashing all the fillings out (unless you want them to!)…perfection.

To be in to win one this fab Breville appliance for yourself, all you need to do is leave a comment below, detailing what filllings you would chose for your first toasties – too easy! I will be drawing the winner on Tuesday 18th December, and the prize will be on it’s way on Thursday 20th December. So don’t wait, head on down to the comments and get busy…and don’t forget to check back in for the next Breville recipe and giveaway, coming very soon!!!

And in other news – I have been in action-mode since getting back from Martinborough, and feel like I am almost back on top of things – phew! We had the most hilarious roadie, tasting wine, visiting the local sights (NZ Stonehenge anyone?) and eating delicious food – bloody fabulous. And now I have the Hoob and Raven arriving tomorrow to stay in the lead up to Christmas – hurrah, I can’t wait! Now perhaps I should have a wee house clean and see a man about a Christmas tree…

(Competition available in New Zealand only)


3 tbsp butter, softened
4 slices whole grain bread
2 tbsp American mustard
2 tbsp good quality egg mayonnaise
100g Swiss cheese, sliced
2/3 cup caramelised onions (or sourkraut)
150-200g pastrami
2 gherkins
4 cornichons (optional)

Butter one side of each of the pieces of bread and preheat the Breville Perfect Press until the ‘ready’ light illuminates. Put two pieces of bread, butter side down on a piece of baking paper (so the butter doesn’t stick). Mix the mustard and mayo together in a small bowl and use to spread over each piece of bread. Divide the cheese, onions and pastrami between the two slices, then top with the remaining bread, butter-side up. Transfer to the bottom cooking plate of the Breville Perfect Press and move the adjustable height control clip to ‘crush control’ Close the top cooking plate, and hey presto in about 5 minutes you will have the most perfect, toastie delights ready to enjoy! Serves 2  (or 1 hungry beast).

Other favourite toastie combos – chicken, pesto, cheese & avocado; pan-fried  mushroom, blue cheese and caramelised onion; salami, mozzarella, basil and tomato, beef, brie and horseradish…


  1. Yum! Your Reuben sounds delish! What a great prize from Breville. My simple but favourite combo is tomato relish, tasty cheese and an egg! Bloomin lovely 🤩

    1. I would definitely try your rueben sandwich but also left over Christmas ham, fresh pineapple and cheese!
      Great Boxing Day lunch with a glass of bubbles!
      Our toastie machine is so old a new Breville one would be fab.

  2. We love toasted sandwiches, a favourite in our house. I like tasty cheese, ham, caramelised onion or tomato relish – very delicious. This Breville Press would be ideal for “cheese tolls” too,

  3. This Breville Press would be ideal for a toasted sandwich of tasty or blue vein cheese, ham, and either mustard or a tasty tomato relish. The Press would be good for cheese rolls too.

  4. My favourite toasted sandwich is Vogel’s bread with cheddar cheese, red onion and tomato relish.

  5. Lordy, lordy, those will be on my Xmas holiday menu; they look amazing!
    My current fave toastie is my take on devils on horseback – grilled bacon, chutney and chopped prunes. Add a little cheese, gruyere or brie (roquefort is particularly good), served on chunky full grain bread and piggy heaven is mine!!

  6. Yum! I always love food that incorporates both mustard and gerkins, can’t wait to try it. My all-time favourite is creamed corn with lots of cheese and gerkin

  7. Looks delicious – I would try tomato relish, salami and herby potato salad with Swiss cheese …with a very cold lager ….yum

  8. The Reuben sounds amazing, Sarah.
    I think I’d like to try a lox bagel riff with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion and capers. Merry Christmas, happy house sale and move – and thanks for the awesome recipes!

  9. Yum, that looks delish – how good does that bread look?!
    I think a leftover Christmas ham toastie with cheese and chutney would be a great boxing day treat!

  10. Ooh I do love a simple toasted chicken mayo sandwich with lots of black pepper and chopped gherkins! Love your suggestions too.

  11. Hmmmm…all sound delicious! I’m thinking prosciutto, roasted pear, blue cheese, cream cheese and maybe some walnuts and cracked pepper.

  12. Hi Sarah, wow, so many good choices already… Our favourite would have to be Maasdam cheese, leftover Christmas ham, beetroot chutney and portobello mushrooms on Burgen. Happy Christmas 🎄

  13. Would def be a uber-Ruebens for sure because that bloody looks delicious!!! Piiiick meeeee pleeease :):):):):)

  14. I would load my hearty slices of Volare grsiny2 bread from Hsmilton eith cheese, ham my special tomato and date relish, spring onion and lettuce. Yum.

  15. My fav is grilled garlic mushrooms, a big thick slice of gruyere cheese and red onion relish. Delicious! Often a weekday work lunch!

  16. I can’t resist a tasty English cheddar, crisp apple slices and a touch of pickle (a sort of portable Ploughmans)
    I really enjoyed the NZ Stonehenge – a welcome change from the usual tourist stops

  17. Great looking sandwich press and reuben! My favourite toastie is cheddar, kimchi and lots of gherkins. But I also love using these machines just for toasting thick slices of bread! 🍞🤩😋

  18. I feel like I can taste that toasted sandwich through the picture! My fillings would be roasted red peppers, halloumi, sun dried tomato pesto and rocket, using my friend Rachel’s homemade sourdough bread, yeehaa!

  19. The Reuben looks delicious, but I can’t go past a really grainy bread, lashings of gruyere slathered with fig, walnut and whiskey chutney. Yum!

  20. Yum, yum, Toasted sandwiches! Tuna, mayonnaise, a dash of soy sauce, capers and mozzarella!

  21. That Reuben looks incredible.
    I’d make pesto, prosciutto, tomato and bocconcini – on sour dough.

  22. Looks fab Sarah! will try a variation with the usual Xmas ham leftovers & melting Swedberg cheese from Ontrays.
    Stonehenge was interesting wasn’t it. Have a great Christmas and look forward to the next recipe! Sam

  23. Can’t go past a classic (three) cheese and onion beauty with a bit of mayo and cracked pepper!!

  24. Positively salivating – my favourite is Gruyere, walnuts, sliced pear and fresh herbs –

  25. Using up my homemade sourdough, lashing of butter with a filling of left over Christmas bourbon glazed ham, wholegrain mustard and some gruyère.

  26. Pesto, gruyère, rocket and cherry tomatoes is a household favourite, especially with half of us being vegetaraian. Never have hungover Sundays tasted so good. TOASTIES 4 LIFE <3

    1. Toasties 4 life indeed Louise – CONGRATULATIONS – you have won your very own Breville Perfect Press!!! Please email me at st***************@ic****.com with your address and contact details so I can organise delivery 🙂 Merry Christmas!!!

      1. Hi Sarah – for some reason it went to my junk mail!!! Only just saw your email now and have responded, sorry for such a delay! Happy New Year 🙂

        1. No problem Louise – I have forwarded your details to Breville so that your awesome prize can be sent out! 🙂

  27. Morning, our fav toastie is always after Christmas using leftover ham, good tasty cheese, caramelised onion with Butler’s gooseberry sauce on the side… yummy

  28. Good ol’ tasty garden fresh sweet corn, heavy cheese and softened onions on thickly cut white bread 🍞

  29. Sounds bizarre but I love a toastie with ham cheese pineapple and tomato. Exactly like a Hawaiian Pizza but better in a toastie form. Looking forward to giving this mouth watering recipe a try!!!!!!

  30. It has to be my Aunty Jean’s classic combination – marmite, walnuts and strong cheddar. Best baked in a low oven as a triple club sandwich but you can fast track it in a toasted sandwich maker when time is short. Surely the TSM’s best feature. The speed from grate to plate!

  31. Our wee family all loooooove a toasted sandwich so one pick would be def a cheese of some sort; a thick slice of xmas ham; Tamarind chutney & gherkins – yum!! Would love a new toastie machine too!

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