This Reuben casserole is layered with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, pickles, and rye bread. It tastes just like a classic Reuben sandwich, but everything is baked together to create a shareable dinner the whole family will love. Make this corned beef casserole for St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate!
What’s in this Reuben casserole recipe?
This loaded casserole is filled with all the same ingredients you’d find in a Reuben sandwich, so you don’t need much. With a short prep time, dinner will be ready quick!
- Rye Bread: Rye is the classic Reuben bread, so it works best with this casserole.
- Corned Beef: This is a salt-cured brisket that has a distinct flavor. Cut it into thin slices to layer.
- Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage adds a zingy, tangy flavor.
- Swiss Cheese: Use freshly-shredded cheese for best results.
- Russian Dressing: This adds a creamy tanginess into the casserole. You could use Thousand Island dressing instead.
- Sour Cream: This adds a bit more creaminess into the mix.
- Dill Pickles: Finely chopped pickles add more texture and tanginess.
- Butter: Melted butter adds a finishing touch to infuse more rich flavor.
What else can I add to corned beef casserole?
As with most casserole recipes, it’s easy to add in more ingredients and make this reuben casserole your own! Here are some ideas.
- Potatoes: Par-boil potatoes until soft, cut into thin slices or cubes, then layer them in with the rest of the ingredients.
- Vegetables: Add in anything from celery and caramelized onions, to sliced carrots or beets, or buttery sweet peas.
Fresh slices work best for this layered casserole. But if you want to use canned corned beef, chop it into small pieces and mix all ingredients together in the dish, topping with rye bread cubes.
Corned beef is the classic Reuben meat, but you can make substitutions if you like. Roast beef and pastrami would work as well.
Bake this recipe covered for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 10 minutes, for a total of 40 minutes.
How to Store and Make Ahead
Store leftovers in an airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
To reheat, warm in the oven until fully heated through, or quickly reheat in the microwave.
If you want to make this ahead of time, follow up to step 7, then cover and keep the casserole in the fridge up to 1 day. When ready to bake, set it out on the counter while the oven preheats. Then drizzle with the melted butter and bake (steps 8 & 9).
How to Freeze Corned Beef Casserole
Store reuben casserole in freezer-safe containers, and freeze up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
What to Serve with Reuben Casserole
This flavor-packed corned beef casserole recipe is a full meal, with well-rounded ingredients. But if you want to add a little extra something to dinner, I recommend a side of vegetables or potatoes, soup, or salad. This tastes great with fried cabbage and bacon, German potato salad, pickled beets, or Crockpot potato soup.
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I made this for St Patrick’s day and we loved it so much that I went to the store after dinner to grab a couple more corned beef briskets to put in the freezer so I could make it a couple more times before they bring out the briskets again next year. Tonight is round 2 of this delicious dish for dinner. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!
I love hearing that, Kelly!
This was a marvelous meal. So delicious and leftovers the next day were just as good. My husband asks for this every couple of weeks, he loves it.
That’s always a good sign!! SO happy to hear you all loved it!
Oh, LOVE this!
Thank you, Traci!!
Should the bread cubes be toasted?
Never made anything like this before. thank you for the idea. love it very much!
Thank you so much! It’s a fun recipe.
We already know the flavors are perfection, why not cook them all together
I like the way you think :)
Hi! this looks great! I have two questions = should the sauerkraut be drained? and can this be made in advance and reheated or does it lose its quality?
share more reciepe like this
I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty
So delicious! I had baby kosher dills in the fridge so I chopped up a few extra because we like pickles. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to drain the sauerkraut or not so I drained but left some liquid. Probably used more cheese because…we like cheese! Overall this was so easy and so so so delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!!
YAY! More cheese is NEVER a bad thing. So glad you loved it, means a lot to hear that :)