Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reuben Sandwich CASSEROLE (really) - 52 Church PotLuck Main Dishes

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If you like a Reuben Sandwich, you will LOVE this idea!

Shhhh... It's a SAVORY BREAD PUDDING.  Think a Reuben with an egg on top.  All made convenient and beautiful crusty golden brown in Casserole form!

Beautiful, tasty, unique and memorable.  Fits on any buffet table I can imagine!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Reuben Sandwich CASSEROLE (really)

  • 1 Loaf Rye Bread, sliced and cut into cubes
  • 1/3 Cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 3/4 Pound Corned Beef, sliced thin and diced
  • 1/4 Cup Sauerkraut well drained
  • 1/2 Cup Dill Pickle Slices
  • 1 Brick (8 Ounces) Swiss Cheese
  • 2-1/2 Cups Half and Half (can sub Whole Milk)
  • 9 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • Drizzle Honey Mustard
  • sprinkle of Caraway Seeds for Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. This is a bread pudding, a savory bread pudding but still a bread pudding. All bread puddings work best when bread is either stale or lightly toasted. This removes the moisture which allows the egg mix to absorb. So, set bread out over night or lightly toast it before starting.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees., prepare a large 9X13 casserole pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Work in payers, line half the bread on the bottom.
  4. top with half the Corned Beef
  5. top that with half the pickles.
  6. Top this with half the Thousand Island Dressing and 1/2 the Sauerkraut and 1/2 the cheese.
  7. Repeat with a second layer of all.
  8. Meanwhile, whip the Half and Half together with the Eggs. Pour this over the layers. Allow the casserole to rest for 10 minutes (allowing the milk/egg mix to be absorbed.
  9. Drizzle Honey Mustard on top and sprinkle Caraway seeds.
  10. Back for 50 minutes until top has crusted and turned golden brown and delicious.
  11. Serve HOT and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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