Recipe of the Week: Baked Reuben

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Don’t be afraid. Be hungry.

IMG_2656The Reuben is a happy food. The Reuben is your pal. The Reuben knows a good joke, offers you free advice, and will help you move a sofa. Some of these things aren’t true, but let’s be serious: the Reuben is fantastically delicious.

The Baked Reuben was one of those Facebook cooking videos that make you wonder if you have what it takes to get away with an edible masterpiece. I took a deep breath and bought the right ingredients, knowing I had struck out in other¬†cooking misadventures. If you have a fondness for the shaved meat family of the sandwich dynasty, don’t be afraid. Let me show you how.

The Baked Reuben (Technically a Reuben calzone if you want to be picky.)

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 lb. corned beef
  • 1/4 lb. sliced swiss cheese
  • 1 cup of sauerkraut
  • pizza dough
  • 1 egg or butter
  • Thousand Island dressing

What I vaguely remember doing:

  1. On a pan or foil sheet coated with non-stick spray, roll the dough into a rectangle.
  2. Apply a nice layer of salad dressing down the middle of the dough.
  3. Add your corned beef, cheese, and sauerkraut to the middle of the dough.
  4. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut even strips in the dough on both sides of the delicious heap of meat, cheese, and sauerkraut. When done, fold the strips over the heap in a criss-cross pattern similar to that of a pie, but more delicious.
  5. Using a cooking brush, coat the surface of your interwoven masterpiece with one whisked egg or melted butter.
  6. Put the darling in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 1/2 hour. Remove when golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, slice, and serve with more dressing.
  7. Contemplate that the Baked Reuben has transformed you in unknown ways. Feel free to discuss with others while eating delicious Baked Reuben.
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