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[intro]Reuben Meatball Casserole is the best recipe for a Reuben casserole! It starts with canned corned beef made into meatballs. Then it turned into a Reuben recipe and it is delish! [/intro]


Reuben Meatball Casserole Title


Reuben Casserole

Where did this reuben casserole come from? I was in Freaky Friday and was assigned to make a recipe from 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


Meatball Casserole

When I had to pick one of Take Two Tapas recipes, I finally settled on her Savory Reuban Meatballs. I chose this meatball casserole because I love a good Reuben recipe! This Reuben casserole sounded amazing!


Reuben Meatball Casserole long pin


Corned Beef Recipes

St Patrick’s Day is HUGE here in Cleveland. Everyone here in Cleveland keeps asking me if I have any corned beef recipes. What is nice about corned beef recipes is they also make for a good Reuben recipe.


Cooking Tip:

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] W [/dropcap]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

Canned Corned Beef

Now I did make tiny changes to Jennifer’s meatball casserole. Like she made her reuben recipe as a skillet casserole, and I made it more as an oven casserole. Plus after making these meatballs a few times I used canned corned beef instead of griding up the corned beef.


Reuben Meatball Casserole Pin


Reuben Recipe

A reuben recipe is simple it is:

  • corned beef
  • sauerkraut
  • swiss cheese
  • thousand island dressing
  • rye or pumpernickel bread

So to make this reuben casserole, you need all those ingredients in order to make this a reuben recipe.


Reuben Meatball Casserole Pin


Cocktail Bread

Since this is a reuben casserole, I knew I could serve it up with cocktail bread. I also needed a binder to keep the canned corned beef formed into meatballs.What I did was take some of the cocktail bread and made them into breadcrumbs for the binder.


By doing that, the meatballs embraced that wonderful Reuben flavor to them. Plus I felt that this  corned beef recipe would really embrace that Reuban taste.

Recommended Freaky Friday Recipes From Other Food Bloggers:


Reuben Meatball Casserole close up on plate with with mini pumpernickle bread


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Reuben Meatball Casserole Recipe

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

Reuben Meatball Casserole is the best recipe for a Reuben casserole! It starts with canned corned beef made into meatballs. Then it turned into a Reuben recipe and it is delish!


  • 1 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 oz canned corned beef
  • 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.

If you can not find canned corned beef, 1/2 lb of deli corned beef shredded will work

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g

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