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Baked Hot Reuben Dip Recipe with Sauerkraut

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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.

Reuben Dip with rye crackers on the side sitting on a dark blue plate.

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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 and rich Swiss cheese is addictive.

Check out my 4 dip in one pan recipe. It is a great way to create a variety of dips for a party or game day. Or, for a lighter option, try this spicy hummus.

Looking for some delicious homemade bread to serve with your dip? Try this Rosemary Olive Oil Bread for a simple and tasty dipping bread. Or make this Irish soda bread with raisins for an unusual alternative.

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 a perfect appetizer or snack routine.
  • It can be quickly assembled and baked until bubbly and golden, making it an impressive and satisfying dish for various 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.

What Is Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island dressing is a savory, creamy condiment that adds a tangy sweetness to many dishes, especially salads and sandwiches. Typically made from a base of mayonnaise, ketchup or chili sauce, and finely chopped ingredients like pickles, onions, bell peppers, and herbs, it strikes a balance between richness and zest. 

This dressing is not only a key ingredient in the classic Reuben sandwich but also serves as the flavorful binding agent in this Reuben dip recipe, marrying the corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese together perfectly. 

Its unique blend of flavors contributes significantly to the dip’s overall taste profile, making it an indispensable component of the recipe.

What’s In This Reuben Dip Recipe

Ingredients for Warm Reuben Dip sitting on a black square cast iron pan.
  • Corned Beef: This is the star of the dip, providing a rich and savory flavor. It should be roughly chopped to ensure it blends well with the other ingredients.
  • Sauerkraut: Adds a tangy contrast to this hearty dip’s richness; make sure it’s well-drained to avoid making the dip too watery.
  • Mayonnaise: Opt for full-fat mayonnaise to achieve the creamy texture that makes this dip irresistibly smooth.
  • Thousand Island Dressing: It infuses the dip with a tangy sweetness, harmoniously tying all the flavors together.
  • Cream Cheese: Softened cream cheese is crucial for a smooth and rich base, ensuring the dip is perfectly dippable.
  • Swiss Cheese: Shredded Swiss cheese melts into the dip, adding a mild, nutty flavor that complements the corned beef wonderfully.
  • Chives: Finely chopped chives introduce a mild onion-like flavor that brightens up the dip and adds a splash of color.
  • Dippers: The choice of dippers can vary from rye crackers or slices of rye bread for a traditional Reuben feel to vegetables for a lighter option, allowing for personal customization.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Corned Beef Substitution: If corned beef is not your preference or you’re looking for a lighter option, try using turkey pastrami or shredded chicken as a substitute.
  • Cheese Variations: While Swiss cheese is traditional, feel free to experiment with other types of cheese for different flavors. Gruyere offers a similar nutty flavor with a bit more creaminess, while a sharp cheddar could provide a more pronounced cheese flavor.
  • Vegan Adaptation: For a vegan version of this delicious dip, use plant-based mayonnaise, cream cheese, and shredded cheese substitutes. There are also vegan options available for corned beef substitutes, like seitan or tempeh, that can mimic the texture and flavor of the real thing.
  • Low-Carb Serving: Instead of serving with crackers or bread, offer a range of fresh vegetables, such as bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, or celery sticks, for dipping. This not only reduces the carbs but also adds a refreshing crunch.
  • Spicier Version: To add a kick to your Reuben dip, consider incorporating a small amount of finely chopped jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce into the mixture before baking.

How To Make Baked Reuben Dip Step by Step

Collage of mixing ingredients for Reuben dip.
  1. Begin by blending the Thousand Island dressing, mayonnaise, and cream cheese in a bowl until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency, then set this aside. (Photos 1 & 2)
  2. Continue by thoroughly combining the sauerkraut, corned beef, and part of the Swiss cheese into the bowl. Stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed. (Photos 3 & 4)
Collage of creating Reuben dip.
  1. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish prepared for use, topping it off with the remaining portion of Swiss cheese. Follow the baking instructions provided. (Photo 5)
  2. After baking, place the hot dip under the broiler for a short period to achieve a nicely golden brown melted cheese topping. Serve this warm with your selected choice of dippers. (Photo 6)
Dark blue plate of Reuben Dip and rye crackers.

Recipe Tips

  • 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 leave the corned beef larger in size if you want it to be chewier.
  • 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.

Alternative Cooking Methods

While baking is standard for making this Reuben dip, you can explore other cooking methods for convenience or to fit different kitchen setups. 

The Instant Pot can be a great tool for melting the cheeses together and achieving a dip that’s hot and ready to serve straight from the pot. Simply use the sauté setting to combine the ingredients thoroughly, then switch to the keep warm setting to serve it at your leisure. 

A slow cooker can be an excellent alternative for those who prefer a slower approach. Combine all ingredients in the cooker and allow it to do its magic on a low setting for about 2-3 hours. This method infuses the flavors more deeply and keeps the dip warm throughout your gathering, ensuring that every guest gets a taste of this creamy, cheesy delight.

Storing Tips 

Refrigerator

First, allow leftover Reuben dip 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 it for three to four days.

Reheating

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.

Freezing

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 cause the cheese in the dip tough or rubbery.

Serving Suggestions

  • Crackers: Serve the corned beef dip with your favorite crackers, such as plain or flavored cracker varieties.
  • Bread: Toasted baguette slices or cheesy garlic 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: Baked tortilla chips, pita chips, or potato chips can add a satisfying crunch to the creamy dip.
  • Pretzels: Soft pretzels or pretzel treats 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 flavor.
  • Charcuterie Board: Add the corned beef dip to a Christmas charcuterie board as a savory and unique holiday dip option.
Wooden spoon scoping a Warm Reuben Dip.

Recipe FAQs

Is a Reuben Irish or German?

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.

Is a Reuben made with pastrami or corned beef?

Traditionally, a Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef. However, some variations of the sandwich may use pastrami instead of corned beef.

Can I make this Reuben dip vegetarian?

Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of this Reuben dip by substituting the corned beef with a plant-based meat alternative that mimics the texture and flavor of beef. You can also increase the amount of sauerkraut or add other vegetables, like shredded carrots or diced bell peppers, for added texture and flavor.

Can the Reuben dip be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare the dip up to a day in advance, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, simply bake it according to the recipe instructions. If baking from cold, you may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time to ensure it’s heated through properly.

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Plate of Reuben Dip and rye crackers.
5 from 8 votes

Baked Hot Reuben Dip Recipe with Sauerkraut


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serve up this creamy and warm Reuben dip made with corned beef, sauerkraut, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Thousand Island dressing and more. Pair with your favorite dippers for the ultimate warm dip recipe.

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz (226 ⅘ g) corned beef deli, roughly chopped. Reserve 1 tbsp of the meat to sprinkle on dip before baking (optional)
  • 1 cup (142 g) sauerkraut drained well and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (236 ⅗ ml) mayonnaise
  • cup (157 ¾ ml) thousand island dressing
  • 4 oz (113 ⅖ g) chive and onion cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups (216 g) swiss cheese shredded
  • 1-2 tsp (1 tsp) fresh chives chopped
  • Rye crackers for dipping. Alternatives: blue corn chips or rye bread.

Instructions

  • Begin by blending the Thousand Island dressing, mayonnaise, and cream cheese in a bowl until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency, then set this aside.
    1 cup mayonnaise,⅔ cup thousand island dressing,4 oz chive and onion cream cheese
  • Continue by thoroughly combining the sauerkraut, corned beef, and part of the Swiss cheese into the bowl. Stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
    8 oz corned beef,1 cup sauerkraut,2 cups swiss cheese
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking dish prepared for use, topping it off with the remaining portion of Swiss cheese. Follow the baking instructions provided.
  • After baking, place the hot dip under the broiler for a short period to achieve a nicely golden brown melted cheese topping. Serve this warm with your selected choice of dippers.
    Rye crackers for dipping. Alternatives: blue corn chips or rye bread.,1-2 tsp fresh chives

Notes

  • 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 leave the corned beef larger in size if you want it to be chewier.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 313kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 29g (45%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0.03g Cholesterol: 44mg (15%) Sodium: 638mg (28%) Potassium: 108mg (3%) Fiber: 0.5g (2%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 286IU (6%) Vitamin C: 7mg (8%) Vitamin D: 0.04µg Calcium: 180mg (18%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This sounds fantastic! Love that you’ve turned a classic meal into a dip. I just know this will be devoured in no time. Making it this weekend.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yum! My mom used to make something very similar growing up that I had completely forgotten about until now – so glad I found this!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for an app to bring to a St. Paddy’s Day party and this reuben dip is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

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