Friday, February 19, 2016

Kraut in Kornflower Korning Ware - Reuben Casserole

There is nothing quite as tasty as a Reuben sandwich; that is, unless you throw all the ingredients in to a casserole dish.

This is one of my favorite casseroles because.... Well.... It contains Sauerkraut.  I love Sauerkraut.  I eat it directly from the jar all the time.  (Bubbies is my favorite)

Sauerkraut is some amazing stuff.  Some studies have shown that it can increase your digestive health, boost your circulation, protect your heart health, stimulate your immune system, strengthen your bones, reduce your overall cholesterol levels, eliminate inflammation, protect against certain cancer, and even improve your vision and skin health.  As if ALL that wasn't enough, it also has this amazing ability to make hot dogs edible.  (I hate hot dogs)

So don't cringe at the kraut, man. It's good for ya.

But, back to the casserole...  I am a Reuben purist; and by purist, I mean "absolutely NO 1000 Island dressing".  The proper dressing for a Reuben is "Russian".  It's a much zipper and flavorful dressing than that weird sweet pickley stuff.  That being said, there are several variations to the "Reuben", and they can all translate into this casserole.

The California Reuben - Substitute with Pastrami and French Dressing.

The Rachel - Substitute with Pastrami or Turkey.

The Georgia Reuben - Substitute with Pastrami and BBQ Sauce (no Dressing)

The Grouper - Substituting Grouper for the Corned Beef (not sure how I feel about fish & Sauerkraut)

The West Coast Reuben - No dressing, just Dijon mustard (never seen this one, and I am a west coaster)

The Montreal Reuben - Substitute Montreal-Style Smoked Meat

The Cuban Reuben - Substitute Pulled Pork & Yellow Mustard, add 1 cup chopped Pickles (no Dressing)

There is a veritable plethora of tasty variations for your dinner table.  So pick your favorite and give it a go.


Reuben Casserole

6 slices Light Rye Bread, divided (I used dark rye this time, don't do that)
18 oz Corned Beef, thinly sliced or shaved
24 oz Sauerkraut, Drained (I don't rinse, but you can if you like)
2 tsp Caraway Seeds
4 cups Swiss Cheese, shredded  (Emmental, Gruyere or combination of both)
1 cup milk
1/3 cup Russian dressing (you can use 1000 Island if you want)
1/4 cup Spicy Brown Mustard
3 large Eggs

Corning Ware A-21-B Roaster (or P-21-B or A-21-B-N)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F and lightly grease your A-21-B baking dish with butter.

Place 2 sliced of Rye Bread in food processor, pulse until you’ve got fine breadcrumbs and set aside.

Take the remaining 4 pieces of Rye bread and cut them into cubes and spread them in he bottom of your A-21-B.

Cover the Rye cubes with 1/2 of Corned Beef.

Top the Corned Beef with the Sauerkraut.

Sprinkle with half of Caraway Seeds and 2 cups of the shredded Cheese.

Cover with remaining Corned Beef, sprinkle with remaining Caraway Seeds

Then top with shredded Cheese.

In a medium bowl, whisk together Milk, Russian Dressing and Brown Mustard.

Add Eggs and whisk until combined.

Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.

Sprinkle with the Rye breadcrumbs.


Place baking dish in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and the top is browned.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

Where is your Corning Ware??
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