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Classic Reuben Dip


Rich, creamy and incredibly tasty Reuben dip is best shared with a crowd. Perfect appetizer for every Reuben lover.

Rich, creamy and incredibly tasty Reuben dip is best shared with a crowd. Perfect appetizer for every Reuben lover.

My husband gets excited about corned beef this time of year, every year. The man loves the stuff and stocks up on corned beef like he’s preparing for apocalypse. And frankly, I don’t mind it. After all, I love a good Reuben sandwich.

And since March is all about parties, St. Patrick’s Day, basketball games, you name it, I thought it’s the perfect time to share my favorite Reuben dip recipe. This dip has everything that every good Reuben sandwich has: good corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing.

I just started drooling as I type this. I love me some Reuben sandwich!

Just a few notes about this recipe:

We’re adding cream cheese for the creamy texture, and just a little bit of mozzarella cheese for a beautiful stretchy topping, but that’s totally optional. Be careful, too much mozzarella creates overpowering thick layer that takes away from the actual Reuben dip.

As always, I recommend to grate a block of cheese for this dip, or in any recipe really. The pre-shredded cheese is tossed with anti-clumping additives that just don’t taste good. Ok, you don’t really taste those additives, but they do affect the taste of the pre-shredded cheese. You get the idea…

This classic Reuben dip is rich, creamy and incredibly tasty! It's best when shared with a crowd.

And for the authentic Reuben sandwich experience, serve this dip with some rye bread (I like it toasted), or rye crisps. Together they are simply irresistible, just like the sandwich!

Reuben Dip

Rich, creamy and incredibly tasty Reuben dip is best shared with a crowd. Perfect appetizer for every Reuben lover.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8oz (240ml) Thousand Island dressing
  • 4oz (110gr) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8oz (230gr) cooked corned beef, chopped
  • 2 cups (300gr) drained sauerkraut
  • 8oz (230gr) Swiss cheese, grated
  • 2oz (60gr) mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Rye bread, or rye crisps for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Squeeze the drained sauerkraut well to remove as much liquid as possible. After squeezing all the water out, you should get about 1 cup of sauerkraut.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together Thousand Island dressing, cream cheese and Dijon mustard.
  4. In 8x8-in (20x20cm) baking dish, combine corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, reserving about ¼ cup for topping, and the sauce. Spread the mixture evenly.
  5. Sprinkle reserved Swiss cheese and then mozzarella cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the dip is warmed through.
  7. Cool slightly and serve warm with rye bread slices, or rye crisps.
  • This dip can be prepared through step 5 a day in advance. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. Refrigerated dip should be baked about 5 minutes longer.

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This recipe was originally published on March 9th, 2015.

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32 comments

  1. Oh yes! I agree that freshly grated cheese is non-negotiable. This looks really amazing. 🙂 #foodiefriDIY

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  3. I have a question- in the ingredients list it says 2 cups drained sauerkraut. In the recipe it says after draining you’ll have abt 1 cup sauerkraut. The actual amt of sauerkraut in the recipe is only 1 cup after all draining? That will make a difference in how much i need to purchase for a large crowd. Thank you

    • Hi, Kam! Sorry for confusion. So here’s what I mean. First, simply drain the sauerkraut through a mash sieve to remove excess liquid that was in the jar. This should yield 2 cups, as specified in the ingredient list. Then, you want to squeeze the drained sauerkraut to remove as much liquid as you can. It’ll look pretty dry after squeezing. If you won’t squeeze out all the liquid, the dip’ll get too watery. Hope this helps.

  4. I just showed this to my husband and his words “Mmmm” I think he will want me to make this asap! I would love if you would stop by and share on my Friday Favorites linkup!

  5. This, I’ve GOT to try! Thanks for sharing! (Found you at the Creative Ways link party)

  6. This looks amazing- what a perfect way to use leftover corned beef! Do you mind if I post a text link to this on Friday (I link things I like each Friday)?

    I stopped by from Totally Talented Tuesdays.

  7. Oh yum!  My hubby would LOVE this recipe!  I’m holding on to this one for him!  Maybe a surprise in his near future!  Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!  🙂

    Join us for the weekly #CelebrateSouthern link up!  You don’t have to be a southerner to join in on the fun!
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  8. Wow this sounds delicious!  I’m not hosting a St Patrick’s day party but I plan on making this for our next fellowship gathering. I can’t wait to try it! Found you on the Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Link Party 🙂

  9. This looks so good! I never heard of Reuben dip before, so I am excited to give it a try.

  10. We love all things Reuben, and this looks fantastic! 

  11. This looks amazing!!!  I could probably eat that whole pan of it! 

  12. Shinee, this looks absolutely divine! I would eat it by the spoon. I’m being serious here. 

  13. This looks like a great dip to have on hand for celebrating March madness and St. Patrick’s Day. 

  14. A Reuben Dip?! This is brilliant!!!!

  15. I was wondering why a Reuben dip was!! Reuben sandwiches are not common in Australia – in fact, there is only one place I know that sells them. So I didn’t connect the dots. I have never seen a dip like this before, this is really creative! I hope you pin it to the FBC board, I will definitely schedule this out to pin repeatedly!! 🙂

  16. The dish looks divine and I bet it’ll be a hit at any party! Great tip on using the freshly shredded cheese. I often feel lazy to do it, but I’ll try it out next time!

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