What not to do–
Here is how it sets up. Leftover corned beef and a husband who wants Reuben sandwiches for supper.
I get all of the ingredients out: corned beef, cheese, rye bread, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and a tub of butter.
I heat up my cast iron griddle.
I start my assembly of two sandwiches:
- Butter one side of each slice of bread. Since I emptied the butter tub, I use it to place one slice of bread buttered-side down on the tub and one on the small yellow lid totally covering the little lid.
- Place sauerkraut on each slice of bread.
- Place thin slices of leftover corned beef on top of the sauerkraut.
- Place slice of cheese on top of the corned beef.
- Poured a little Russian dressing on top of the cheese slice.
- Place another slice of bread with the buttered side up on top of the sandwich.
Now, I pick up each sandwich and place them straight onto the hot griddle.
After about 3 minutes, I use a spatula and turn the sandwiches over. First sandwich, no problem. Second sandwich, after I turned it, I noticed this yellow foam on it. Funny, I thought. I didn’t put anything yellow on it. I assumed that for some strange reason the butter had turned yellow. Wrong thought. but that was what I thought. This was after two days of working on taxes. After another 3 minutes or so, I removed both sandwiches to our plates.
We began to eat our sandwiches. I kept the one with the hint of yellow. The yellow was quite crunchy. I thought that maybe the cheese had melted and became crusty. For some reason, I returned to the kitchen and the brain finally kicked in. There was my empty butter tub but where was the yellow lid. Oh no, I thought, I just ate plastic. Luckily, I had only taken a small bite.
There was no odor or anything. Just a little yellow foam. No real mess. Later in the evening, there was a kind of plastic smell in the air.
Tonight, I think I might have qualified for “Worst Cooks in America”.