I really, really enjoy a good reuben sandwich, but I rarely eat them. For me they’re just another one of my St.Patrick’s Day traditions, and although it may sound silly I only eat them that one special day a year. However for our beer tasting party I wanted to serve a few St.Patty’s themed apps, so mini reuben appetizers were perfect. They were so simple to make I thought I’d share the recipe on the blog.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 loaf mini rye. I bought the Pepperidge Farms Jewish Rye.
- 1 to 1 1/2 lbs corned beef.
- 1 can or jar sauerkraut.
- Thousand Island dressing.
- 1 package sliced swiss cheese.
The first thing is to toast the rye. I put my oven on broil and laid the slices out on a cookie sheet. I brushed each one on the side facing up with a bit of melted butter. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and watch the bread closely. Some slices brown more quickly than others, so I pulled them off as needed and continued to toast the rest. You want them a nice golden brown color.
Next I put them back on the cookie sheet and added a bit of Thousand Island dressing to each one, then spread it over the top of each slice. I then layered on a bit of corn beef. I used about 2 1/2 pieces of beef per rye slice. You’ll have to shred them a bit to make them fit on the toasts.
Sauerkraut is the next layer. I did a few of them without kraut as well because I know some people really don’t like it. Last I cut each cheese slice into quarters, and laid it on top. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s also easy to prep ahead of time. I covered my reubens with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge until right before the party. Once it was time to cook them I heated my oven to 450 degrees. You’re basically just trying to quickly warm them and melt the cheese, since the meat is already cooked. Pop them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, checking every 5 minutes. You want the cheese to be nice and melted, but don’t overcook them or your corned beef will dry out.
Place on plates and serve warm. Since the only preparation this takes is toasting the bread and assembling the sandwiches, I’d say it’s about a 30 minute recipe including baking time. If you’re a fan of reuben’s it’s exactly like the real thing, but tiny! Hope you try out this recipe for your St.Patrick’s Day party.
xo ~ Emily