Reuben Meatball Casserole {The Best Recipe For Reuben Casserole}

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Reuben Meatball Casserole is the best recipe for Reuben casserole! It combines corned beef meatballs into a Reuben and it is delish! You will love this easy casserole recipe for St Patricks Day.


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Freaky Friday


he Winter edition of Freaky Friday is here! What is Freaky Friday? Once a quarter, Michaela from An Affair From The Heart organizes bloggers to make a recipe from each blog. It is a great event that I have participated in a few times.


Check out these recipes I have done for Freaky Friday:

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It is Freaky Friday! Are you ready to see some yummy recipes for this winter edition?

Take Two Tapas

So who did I get in this winter edition of Freaky Friday? Take Two Tapas! I love Jennifer’s blog! This food blog is full of PARTY FOOD! That is right cocktails, small plates, and everything fun.
Trust me if you are throwing a party, a celebration, or want to do wine and slippers, you need to go to Take two Tapps blog. Here is a sample of some of Jennifer’s cuisine:

Reccomended Recipes From Take Two Tapas

Reuben Meatball Casserole wine view with casserole in background
Reuben Meatball Casserole is so easy to make, it is perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

Reuben Meatball Casserole

When I had to pick on of Take Two Tapas recipes, I finally settled on her Savory Reuban Meatballs. I chose this recipe because well, St Patricks Day is coming up very soon. Plus I love Reubens, I mean hello, I am Irish, well part Irish, after all.


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Best Recipe For Reuben Casserole

As I said, St Patrick’s Day is coming up. That holiday is HUGE here in Cleveland. Everyone here in Cleveland keeps asking me if I have recipes for a corned beef casserole. Which is also known around here as a Reuben casserole.


Cooking Tip:


hen making dough, freeze the butter and grate it into the dry ingredients. You’ll handle the cold dough less, resulting in more tender and flaky piecrusts, biscuits, or scones. – Source: Epicurious


Well, no I don’t have that recipe on my blog. So when I saw the savory Reuben Meatballs on Jenn’s Blog, I knew it was perfect! Now I did make tiny changes like she did her more skillet, and I made it Reuben Meatball Casserole.


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This Reuben Meatball Casserole is simply the best corned beef casserole I have ever had. You will love it too!


I also didn’t grind the corned beef like Jenn did, I shredded it instead. I had to use a binder for this corned beef casserole. What I did was take some of the mini pumpernickel slices of bread and made them into breadcrumbs for the binder. That way the meatballs embraced that wonderful Reuben flavor to them.

Corned Beef Casserole

I mentioned I made this in a casserole form. Layers of sauerkraut, corned beef meatballs, swiss cheese,  thousand island salad dressing to make up this casserole version of the deli sandwich. WOW! It is incredible and perfect to get my St Patrick’s day party mode on! To give it that extra Irish touch, Kerry Gold swiss cheese was on sale at the store, so bonus! Real Irish swiss cheese!


In all honesty, this version of a Reuben casserole recipe is for me the best recipe for Reuben casserole. You will love this deconstructed version of your favorite Reuben sandwich. Plus it is super easy to make! You are going to love it!


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Reuben Meatball Casserole is easy to make and so filling, it will be your new Reuben deconstructed recipe

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Reuben Meatball Casserole Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Reuben Meatball Casserole is possibly the best recipe for Reuben casserole! It combines corned beef meatballs into a Reuben and it is simply delish! You will love this easy casserole recipe for St Patricks Day.


  • 1 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb deli corned beef, shredded
  • a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  • 20 oz can sauerkraut
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons pumpernickel breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • mini  pumpernickel toasts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the corned beef, ground beef, salt, pepper, pumpernickel breadcrumbs, and egg in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Form the meat into meatballs.
  4. Add some oil to a pan and brown the meatballs.
  5. When the meatballs are browned, take off the heat and set aside.
  6. Sprinkle a layer of sauerkraut to the bottom of casserole pan.
  7. Drizzle some of the thousand Island dressing over the sauerkraut.
  8. Add the meatballs on top the sauerkraut.
  9. Add another layer of the sauerkraut on top the meatballs.
  10. Drizzle the rest the thousand island dressing on the top.
  11. Finally, top with the shredded cheese.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Serve with mini pumpernickel toasts and ENJOY!


To make pumpernickel toasts make pumpernickel breadcrumbs toast about 2-3 of the mini pumpernickel bread. Then grind it up to make breadcrumbs.

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Bacon Fatte – Spiced Bakery Style Ginger Pear Muffins

Bowl Me Over – Beef Tips and Gravy

The Devilish Dish – Chocolate Covered Snickers Strawberries

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Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Low Carb Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Mildly Meandering – Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Plattertalk – Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

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  • Candi
    February 23, 2018

    How fun! This is PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day. I love how you used the mini bread slices for the binder. Very clever!

    • Deanna
      February 25, 2018

      Thank you!!! It was the perfect touch!! They really taste great!

  • [email protected]'s Dinnertime Dish
    February 23, 2018

    This looks delicious and is totally perfect for St. Patricks Day. I love how quick and easy it is and all those delicious reuben flavors!

    • Deanna
      February 25, 2018

      They are simply amazing!! Freaky Friday was just in time for me to find this great recipe for St Patty’s Day!

  • Debra C.
    February 23, 2018

    I’m right with you there, the Irish in me is screaming for this meal! How delicious – a reuben is my favorite sandwich so this is going on the menu for next week!

    • Deanna
      February 25, 2018

      I love Reubens that was why I just had to pick this recipe 🙂

  • debi at Life Currents
    February 23, 2018

    This looks like a great casserole. Totally family friendly and filled with yummy flavor!

    • Deanna
      February 24, 2018

      It is great for a family dinner!!

  • Christie
    February 23, 2018

    This has my name written all over it! I love corned beef and reubens. I could eat my weight in corned beef. Yum!

    • Deanna
      February 24, 2018

      It is so good, you will love it!

  • michele
    February 23, 2018

    I dont think I can wait until St Patty’s day to try this! It sounds so yummy!

  • justine
    February 24, 2018

    Fantastic comfort food! This looks really great! I love to make this for St Patricks Day!

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    February 24, 2018

    All of my favorite flavors and foods, in one savory casserole. Count me in!

    • Deanna
      February 25, 2018

      You will love digging into this!! It so yummy!!! Thank you!

  • Angela
    February 24, 2018

    What a fun recipe this is!! Such a unique idea on a classic and certainly perfect for a party! I am saving this one to make very soon!!!

    • Deanna
      February 25, 2018

      It is so good! It is perfect for a partY!

  • Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    February 25, 2018

    This meatball casserole is absolutely crave-worthy! We love serving meatball dishes for parties, and I think I need to come up with an excuse to have a party just to serve this! Yum!

  • Michelle
    February 25, 2018

    I love Reubens and I know I will love this casserole. The funny thing is, I had a good guess who you had even before I read your post because I love Take Two Tapas! 🙂

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    February 26, 2018

    I love that you added the pumpernickel to the casserole! And I am a total sucker for Kerry Gold anything. We use their butter all the time. When it goes on sale I buy as many blocks as possible. This casserole is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Lori Vachon
    February 27, 2018

    The Irish side of me is loving this recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try!