Hello, friends! Craving the comfort of a classic Reuben sandwich but need a family-sized solution? This Reuben Casserole is your perfect answer. Drawing inspiration from the beloved New York City deli staple, this casserole variation packs all the flavors of the traditional Reuben sandwich in a homestyle, easy-to-make dish. It’s ideal for those cozy evenings when the air turns crisp and you’re looking to bring warmth and smiles to your dinner table.
For a well-rounded
meal, consider pairing the casserole with a crisp pickle spear for a tangy contrast or a light vinegar-based coleslaw to cut through the richness. On chillier nights, a warm bowl of tomato or potato soup can be the perfect comforting companion to this hearty dish.
Reuben Casserole Recipe:
– 1 tablespoon butter, plus a bit extra for greasing
– 6 slices rye bread, cubed
– 1 pound cooked corned beef, chopped
– 1 (14.5-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
– 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
– 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
– 1 cup milk
– 3 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional, for an authentic rye bread flavor)
– Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and with a heart as warm as the preheat, grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with a little butter.
2. Spread those rye bread cubes along the bottom of the dish just like you’re laying down the foundation of a family home.
3. Evenly sprinkle the chopped corned beef over the bread cubes, then follow that with a layer of sauerkraut and Swiss cheese that’s comforting just to look at.
4. In a mix of motherly love, whisk together the Thousand Island dressing, milk, and eggs in a bowl you fondly remember from meals past. Pour this over the casserole, gently coaxing it into every nook and cranny.
5. If you’re using caraway seeds, now’s the time to sprinkle them on top, like a dusting of autumn leaves. Season with salt and pepper to your family’s liking.
6. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, until the edges bubble and the cheese melts into a golden-brown blanket.
7. Let it stand for a few minutes after taking it out—like a hug, it’s best when it’s settled and warm.
Variations & Tips:
– For the picky little eaters, don’t hesitate to swap in turkey and a milder cheese if that suits their tastes better.
– If you’ve got some leftover sliced corned beef from the deli, stack it high in this recipe; it’ll work just as fine as home-cooked.
– Turn this into a “Thousand Island on the side” situation for those who prefer a little less moisture in their casserole.
– For a gluten-free option, choose your favorite gluten-free bread to keep the Reuben spirit alive without the wheat worries.
– Feel free to play with the layers – a happy kitchen is one where creativity is as welcome as the next-door neighbor!
– Lastly, remember that every oven’s a little different, just like us folks. Keep an eye on your casserole and adjust your cooking time as needed.
There you go, dears—a Reuben Casserole that’s like a blanket on a windy Midwestern day. Enjoy this meal with your loved ones, and may it fill your home with warmth and your bellies with joy.