You have to try this warm Reuben dip! Made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and Thousand Island dressing, which are all flavorful and popular in Reuben sandwiches. When combined and baked until bubbly and golden, these ingredients create a creamy, savory dip that is perfect for dipping crackers, bread, or vegetables.
The flavors in this corned beef dip are also likely to be familiar and comforting for many people, particularly those who enjoy the classic flavors of a Reuben sandwich. The combination of tangy sauerkraut, rich Swiss cheese are addictive.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe!
- Firstly, corned beef has a rich and savory flavor that many people find delicious.
- Corned beef dip can be a great way to use up leftover corned beef from a St. Patrick’s Day feast or simply to add a unique twist to your regular appetizer or snack routine.
- It can be quickly assembled and baked until bubbly and golden, making it an impressive and satisfying dish for a variety of occasions.
- This dip is a tasty and easy-to-prepare snack or appetizer that combines the rich flavors of corned beef with creamy, cheesy goodness.
Reuben Dip Ingredients
- Corned Beef – Roughly chopped.
- Sauerkraut – Drained.
- Mayonnaise – Full fat is best.
- Thousand Island Dressing – Any brand.
- Cream cheese – Softened.
- Swiss cheese – Shredded.
- Chives – Finely chopped.
- Dippers – Rye crackers, bread, blue corn chips, veggies, etc.
The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
How To Make Warm Rueben Dip
- Make sauce by adding dressing, mayo, and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until creamy. Then set aside. (Photos 1 & 2)
- Next, add the sauerkraut to the bowl, meat and cheese. Mix to combine. (Photos 3 & 4)
- Pour into prepared baking dish. and add remaining cheese. Bake as directed. (Photos 5 & 6)
- Once done, remove and toss in the broiler for additional browning on top of dip. Then serve with your favorite dippers. (Photo 7)
Tips from our Recipe Developer
- Choose high-quality ingredients: The quality of the ingredients can greatly impact the final outcome of the recipe. Select fresh and high-quality ingredients for the best results.
- Consider the flavor and texture: Think about the desired flavor and texture of the final dish and adjust the ingredients and cooking methods accordingly. Maybe dice the meat smaller, or if you want it to be chewier, leave the corned beef larger in size.
- Softened cream cheese: Start with softened cream cheese so you get that ultra creamy texture to the dip.
- Serve warm: Once the dip comes out of the oven, it is meant to be served warm fresh from the oven.
First, allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, transfer the dip to an airtight container, such as a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid or a resealable plastic bag. Place the container in the refrigerator and store for up to three to four days.
To reheat the leftover dip, transfer it to a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is hot and bubbly.
Alternatively, transfer the dip to an oven-safe dish and reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F until heated through.
While it is technically possible to freeze Reuben dip, it’s not recommended as the texture and quality of the dip may be affected. Freezing and thawing can cause the ingredients in the dip to separate and become watery or grainy. Additionally, freezing may also cause the cheese in the dip to become tough or rubbery.
What To Serve With Corned Beef Dip
- Crackers: Serve the corned beef dip with your favorite crackers, such as plain or flavored varieties.
- Bread: Toasted baguette slices or crusty bread are another great option for serving with corned beef dip.
- Vegetables: Raw vegetables such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, or cucumber slices are a healthy and refreshing option for serving with corned beef dip.
- Chips: Corn chips, pita chips, or potato chips can add a satisfying crunch to the creamy dip.
- Pretzels: Soft pretzels or pretzel bites can be a fun and flavorful option for serving with corned beef dip.
- Sandwiches: Use the corned beef dip as a spread on sandwiches, or serve it alongside a Reuben sandwich for an extra burst of flavor.
- Charcuterie Board: Add the corned beef dip to a charcuterie board as a savory and unique dip option.
In the recipe for warm Reuben dip, the dip is baked in the oven for 25 minutes or until it is bubbly and golden. After baking, the dip is served immediately with rye crackers, blue corn chips, or rye bread while it is still warm and creamy. You could serve it chilled if you wanted, but the texture will be a lot thicker.
The Reuben sandwich is believed to have originated in the United States in the early 20th century, and its specific origins are somewhat unclear. The sandwich typically includes ingredients such as corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian or Thousand Island dressing, which are associated with both Irish and German cuisine.
Traditionally, a Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef. However, some variations of the sandwich may use pastrami instead of corned beef.
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Printable Recipe Card
Reuben Dip Recipe
- 8 oz corned beef deli, roughly chopped. Reserve 1 tbsp of the meat to sprinkle on dip before baking (optional)
- 1 cup sauerkraut drained well and squeezed dry
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ⅔ cup thousand island dressing
- 4 oz chive and onion cream cheese softened
- 2 cups swiss cheese shredded
- 1-2 tsp fresh chives chopped
- Rye crackers for dipping. Alternatives: blue corn chips or rye bread.
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F
- In a medium bowl, add the dressing, mayonnaise, and cream cheese. Use a mixer to blend the ingredients until fully combined.
- Squeeze any excess liquid from the sauerkraut, then add it to the bowl along with the chopped meat and 1 ½ cups of cheese. Mix the ingredients by hand until they are well blended.
- Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add the Reuben mixture to the dish and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese, chives, and reserved corned beef (optional) over the top.
- Bake the dip for 25 minutes or until it is bubbly and golden. If desired, leave the dip in the oven for an extra minute or two under the broiler to brown the cheese further.
- Serve the warm Reuben dip immediately with rye crackers, or choose an alternative such as blue corn chips or rye bread.
- Corned Beef – You can use deli or use leftover corned beef you have on hand.
- Cheese – I used Swiss but mozzarella or even provolone would be a good substitute.
- Warm Dip – Serve the dip warm fresh out of the oven. It is going to be extra creamy and cheesy.
- Dipping – Dip rye crackers ,bread, vegetables, chips, crackers or anything else you want.