Friday, July 11, 2014

Ruben Bake

This one dish wonder is a super easy way to serve up everyone's favorite deli sandwich to a crowd.  I served it for dinner with some veggies and dip on the side but it would be great cut up in little squares to serve as an appetizer at a party too!

Ruben Bake
2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pound sliced or shredded Swiss cheese
1 pound sliced deli corned beef (cut into pieces)
1 large can (28 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained well
3/4 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 teaspoons caraway seeds

Directions:  Unroll one tube of crescent dough into one long rectangle, seal seams and. Press onto the bottom of a sprayed 13" x 9". baking dish.  Bake at 
375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Layer with half of the cheese and all of the corned beef. Combine drained sauerkraut and salad dressing, spread over beef. Top with remaining cheese. On a lightly floured surface, press or roll second tube of crescent dough into a 13"x 9". rectangle, sealing seams. Place over cheese. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake for 12-16 minutes or until heated through and crust is golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. 

Cooks Notes - You will notice in my picture that I did not have enough Swiss cheese slices so I just sprinkled some shredded mozzarella I had on hand.  Also the original recipe called for sliced corned beef and I cut it in small pieces to make it easier to cut through when I was done and thought it worked out great!

Makes 8 large sandwiches or 16 smaller appetizer portions

Unroll one package of crescent rolls into the bottom of a sprayed 
9" x 13" baking dishand pinch seams together to form crust.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until browned
(next time I will pull it out a little sooner because remember 
it goes back in the oven to finish baking)

Rinse and drain sauerkraut (I squeeze liquid out with my hands)

Add Thousand Island dressing to sauerkraut

Place 1/2 of cheese on baked bottom crust, and layer with corned beef 
(I chopped mine instead of just putting the slices on to make cutting individual pieces easier) sauerkraut and more cheese on top of the corned beef!

Make crust with 2nd roll of crescent rolls, pinching seams to form 
crust and place on top of sandwich filling

Brush top with egg white

 Sprinkle with caraway seeds (I think they look like mouse turds... sorry)

Return to oven and bake for an additional 12 to 16 minutes until 
crust is golden brown and sandwich is heated through.

Cut into individual pieces and enjoy!

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