There’s something about a Reuben sandwich that just hits the spot. But sometimes, it’s just too much work to put together for everyone in my family. That’s where this Easy Reuben Casserole comes in handy! It has all of the delicious flavors of a classic Reuben, but it’s so much easier to make. Plus, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.
Corned Beef is a popular meal on St. Patrick’s day, and this casserole is a fun twist to this popular dish. If you are in need of a simple recipe for busy weeknights that the whole family will enjoy then you are going to want to give this recipe a try.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE:
This Reuben casserole recipe is one of my favorite easy dinners. It’s simple to make and it always tastes great. The beef is nice and tender, and the thousand island dressing adds a delicious tangy flavor. Plus, this casserole is packed with nutrients. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, calcium, and protein.
This recipe is also perfect for feeding a crowd. It makes a lot, so it’s perfect for potlucks and parties.
- It’s easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights when you are in a rush to get dinner on the table quickly.
- The best flavors are spot on and reuben lovers will enjoy this classic comfort food.
- An easy dinner recipe that can be prepped ahead and baked when you get home.
You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this easy and delicious casserole recipe.
- Casserole dish
- Medium bowl
- Sharp knife
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious reuben casserole. It’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. After one trip to the grocery store you will be ready to make this family favorite meal.
- Thousand Island dressing
- Sauerkraut, rinsed (if desired) and squeezed dry
- Sliced corned beef, shredded or chopped fine
- Swiss cheese, shredded
- Caraway Seeds (optional)
- Rye Bread, crumbed
- Butter, melted
- Parsley, chopped as garnish
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY REUBEN CASSEROLE
This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps, and takes less than an hour from start to finish.
PREP IN ADVANCE
Place bread in a blender or food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Melt the butter in a microwaveable safe bowl. Set aside. Shred cheese and chop corned beef.
STEP 1: HEAT THE OVEN AND PREPARE THE CASSEROLE DISH
Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
STEP 2: MIX TOGETHER MAYONNAISE AND SALAD DRESSING
Stir together the mayonnaise, salad dressing, and caraway seeds (if using) in a small bowl until well blended. Then mix the sauerkraut with the prepared dressing with a fork.
STEP 3: ADD THE SAUERKRAUT TO THE CASSEROLE
Sprinkle 3/4 of the sauerkraut mix over the bottom of the prepared baking dish in an even layer.
STEP 4: ADD CORNED BEEF
Over the sauerkraut mix, add the chopped corned beef in a single layer, then the remaining sauerkraut.
STEP 5: SPREAD CHEESE ON TOP OF THE CASSEROLE
Spread the cheese over the mixture as evenly as possible.
STEP 6: TOP WITH BREAD CRUMBS
In a small bowl pour the melted butter over the bread crumbs. Gently toss with a fork to distribute the butter. Sprinkle over the prepared casserole.
STEP 6: BAKE THE CASSEROLE
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and smooth. Cool and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
HOW TO SERVE
Are you wondering how to serve this great recipe? Here are some of my favorite ways to serve this easy reuben casserole recipe.
Reuben Casserole Dip – Enjoy without the rye bread crumbs and dip your favorite vegetables like celery, carrots, or even toasted rye bread cubes into it.
Reuben Sandwiches – Use pumpernickel bread or slices of rye bread to this casserole into a classic reuben sandwich.
Keto Style – Without the bread topping, eat this casserole with a fork and a plate, no need for bread it still tastes delicious.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
Want to change up the flavors of this dish? Here are some ways that you can change this recipe to suit your family’s taste buds.
- Make this into a keto reuben casserole by using a low carb thousand island dressing and ditching the bread crumbs.
- Instead of a thousand island dressing you can use make a Russian dressing.
- Add additional flavor to this dish by mixing in a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
- Want some crunch on the top of your casserole, after baking broil for a couple of minutes.
- Not a fan of mayo? You can use sour cream or cream cheese instead.
- Make this in your slow cooker instead of the oven by layering the ingredient in the crock pot and cook for 4 hours on low.
Here are a few tips to help you make this recipe with ease.
- For easy clean up, spray your casserole dish well with nonstick cooking spray.
- Use a high quality Swiss cheese, like the one that can be found at the deli counter.
- Bake this dish uncovered so that the cheese melts well.
- If you want to brown the breading on the top of the casserole, turn on the broiler after the baking time has finished and broil for two to three minutes, but watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. The same applies if you choose not to add the rye bread crumbs and want to brown the cheese.
HOW TO STORE
Make Ahead: If you are prepping this casserole ahead be sure to wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
Reheat: To reheat this casserole, microwave on high for two to three minutes or place in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Do you questions about this Reuben Casserole recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Traditionally, a reuben sandwich is made with corned beef. However, pastrami can be used as a substitute.
There are many theories behind the naming of a Reuben sandwich, but no one really knows for sure. Some say it was named after a popular vaudeville performer, others say it was because of the inventor of the sandwich.
Yes! This casserole can be frozen before or after baking. And stored for up to three months.
It isn’t necessary to rinse sauerkraut before baking in this Rueben casserole. However, you may want to rinse the sauerkraut if you want a milder taste, and want to lower the sodium from sauerkraut.
OTHER DELICIOUS BEEF RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
- Easy Meatloaf Recipe
- Pan Seared Steak
- Mexican Shredded Beef
- Corned Beef and Cabbage Chowder From Leftovers
Hope you enjoy this Reuben Casserole Recipe as much as we have. It’s a great meal for a crowd and don’t forget that it can also be modified to serve as a cheesy gooey dip! Leave me a comment if you make this, please!
Easy Reuben Casserole Recipe
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup Thousand Island dressing
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds optional
- 16 ounces sauerkraut drained and squeezed dry
- 12 ounces deli-style sliced corned beef shredded or chopped fine
- 1 16 ounce Swiss cheese, shredded
- 3 cups dark rye bread crumbs about 3 slices
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- Parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Shred Swiss cheese. Place bread in a blender or food process and pulse until crumbs form. Drain sauerkraut and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl mix together mayonnaise, Thousand Island dressing, and caraway seeds (optional).
- Add well drained sauerkraut to dressing mix with a fork until well coated.
- Place 3/4 of the sauerkraut mix into the prepared casserole dish spreading evenly.
- Add diced corned beef or pastrami over the sauerkraut.
- Top mix with shredded Swiss cheese.
- In a small bowl add the butter to the bred crumbs and gently mix with a fork until well incorporated.
- Sprinkle bread crumbs over the Reuben casserole and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from oven, cool and add chopped parsley if desired.
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