The Reuben Dip

I adore a good deli sandwich.  Of course some of the best were in New York City; nothing beats the deli's of New York.

But of all the deli sandwiches out there, the Reuben is hands down my favorite.  Between the corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing, well, it just doesn't get any better.

Since I have been in the mood for an authentic Reuben sandwich but find myself thousands of miles from New York City, I thought I would settle for something very close and just as amazing tasting; The 
Reuben Dip.

Yep, all you want in a sandwich but baked up in a nifty little spread.  It's divine!  People will seek you out for a bite.

Let's make it...

Here is what you will need to make the dip: Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, ketchup, spicy brown mustard and cocktail rye bread.

In a medium bowl combine,
1/2 pound diced corned beef, 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 cup Swiss cheese, 1 cup sauerkraut, 1 Tablespoon ketchup and 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard.

Mix it all up.

Place it in a greased, 1 quart baker and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

When done, the dip will be browned and bubbly....yum.

Serve it up with some cocktail rye bread and watch it disappear.

Of course I like to glob a bunch on a plate and just enjoy.  It's the best.  You should make it.

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Reuben Dip

Recipe from: Inspired by Family Circle | Serves: 4-6


  • 1/2 pound diced corned beef (have the deli cut a large chunk for you)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • cocktail rye bread


  • In a medium bowl, combine corned beef, cream cheese, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, sour cream, ketchup and mustard. Spoon into a greased, 1-quart baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve warm with rye bread.

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103 Comments and 10 Replies

  1. Barbie with a T 1

    Looks delicious. Since I love corned beef, I will be trying this one. You photos are great.

  2. This dip is completely new to me! Sounds wonderful…

    I’m yet to get to NYC – maybe next year!

  3. Deeba 3

    It looks delish…you make it sound SO GOOD Cathy, I’m practically stuck to the screen!! Great pictures too…YUM!

  4. Philly 4

    This looks really really good. I wish I liked corned beef

    • litha 5

      You can also use Pastrami, if you are not fond of Corned beef. That’s what I use. Because I have the same issue. And it works fine. In fact, I think it tastes better.

  5. Mmmmmm! This looks SO good! I think this will be my next dip for whatever party/get-togther I attend. I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Here I am, eating my breakfast…and its just not as appetizing as the pictures on this post. I’m gonna come visit you, so I can taste test all those delicious looking foods. Hey, that’s it, I could be your food critic. Of course, it would ALWAYS be delicious!

  7. oh, this would be great for a potluck. i have bookmarked it.

  8. That is unusual, Cathy! And it looks delicious, too.
    The first time I heard about the Reuben sandwich was watching the movie “Quiz Show”.

  9. Wow…that reminds me of a dip my husband’s cousin made. It was a buffalo chicken dip and I kid you not, I could have eaten my weight in it. Easily.

  10. And it’s baked too with all it’s cheesy goodness:D

  11. A baked dip? Cool Cathy! Pretty cool!

  12. Nell 15

    Uh oh. I just popped a button.

  13. Marjie 16

    Nothing like pastrami or corned beef for a great sandwich! I love reubens, but haven’t had one in years. Damn! Now I want one and it’s only 10AM!

  14. marye 17

    looks fantastic…think I could eat the whole thing.

  15. I’m so there. I love baked dips.

  16. krysta 19

    i just had a reuben sandwich yesterday! i love them…. i bet this dip would be like artichoke dip for me… i could eat it all in one sitting.

  17. Laura 20

    I had to visit because 2 of my favorite bloggers, Cheryl and Threeundertwo, always have your noble name popping up on their sites. I think I will visit here as well….any place with food and wine is my kinda place. (And I am in love with the fact that you have spell check since I make errors on every comment I leave.)

  18. Cheryl 21

    How long ’til lunch? YUM! Your photos always make me so ravenous!

    [Thank you for your kind words on my 9/11 post. Peace, and God Bless Us, All.]

  19. ELRA 23

    I can’t say anything then I am bookmarking this dip!

  20. Anna 24

    Hmm, I’m torn here. I don’t like Reubens – I think sauerkraut is disgusting and I’m not a HUGE fan of corned beef. But this dip looks so delicious! Maybe I’ll take it to a party or something – if I don’t like it, I’m sure there are others who will!

  21. Cute idea. I love reubens. I’m afraid I’d eat the whole pan if I made this.

  22. The perfect thing to serve my German-descendant in-laws! Thanks!

  23. Deborah 27

    Delicious! That’s all I have to say!

  24. Leslie 28

    YUMMO..that is one mighty fine lookin dip!

  25. Being a HOPELESS reuben fan, and a corned beef Devotee, I am quite endeared to the idea of this recipe. :)

    Like Rachel, I’m a bit afraid of what I could do with a whole pile of this dip! YUM.

  26. Mrs. L 30

    Though this sounds delish, in our house, the corned beef would never be left over….we are corned beef fanatics.

  27. ntsc 31

    Have to tell wife to put Reubens on the menu next weekend, I’ve even home-smoked beef pastrami in the freezer.

  28. Reubens are my second most favorite food on the planet. I have never heard of or thought of this, though. Thanks I am gonna try it!! Just what I snack on rueben dip all day and watch it attach itself to my thighs!!

  29. Looks wonderful – to me. Must say I’d be the only one eating it in my family.

  30. Just finished making this for hubby tonight for a snack later. He will be thrilled it smells soooooo wonderful!

  31. Cathy, as always this looks really good. The Old Goat loves a Reuben and this looks like something that would be perfect to make when watching football.

  32. LarryG 36

    that looks so yummy!
    i can’t wait to try it…
    if you’ve already put it in the fridge i’ll just pop it in the microwave for bit!
    seriously i am making that one

  33. Sandie 37

    Have mercy! My husband might just take me away for a long, romantic weekend if I start making this dip (or real reubens) often enough.

  34. Reubens are the best sandwich in the world. Bierocks a close second.

  35. That looks great. Another receipe to print out. Your creating a book.

  36. I don’t think I’ve had a reuben before (have to try that when I go to NYC). I’d have to try this dip and work myself up to the sandwich in anticipation. Thanks!

  37. dawn 41

    Oh I would so be that guest at the buffet table standing right next to this dish, and Jerry Seinfeld would be behind me yelling “no double dipping!”

  38. Yum! Looks and sounds sooo good. Can dip be considered an entire meal?

  39. Amber 43

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment on Bethany. I never leave comments in order to get one, just if I find the article, recipe or person interesting, so I always appreciate it when one is left for me. After reading what I wrote I am sure it makes even more sense about my comment about how blessed you are when I saw your boys. That said…you have a great sense of humor, so when you have a minute go back and read the post under 9-11 about Devil Cat, I think you will enjoy it. Be blessed.

  40. Amber 45

    I think I deleted my comment. Shit! Okay, thank you so much for the sweet comment on Bethany. I never leave comments in order to get one, just if I find the site or the person or the recipe interesting so when I get one I really appreciate it. Now you understand why I said you are so blessed. It just goes too fast and she is my youngest. You have a great sense of humor, so when you have a minute, go back and read the post underneath called Devil Cat. I think you will enjoy it. Oh and I do NOT eat rye, ever. Would this go well with a heavy grained wheat?

  41. Cathy, Will you marry me? Reubens are my ALL TIME favorite thing. The combo is heavenly. When I was pregnant I gained 70 pound EVERY time. I attribute that mainly to my daily reuben at the Jewish Deli. But, man, they were goooood. I will be making this soon.

  42. Katie 48

    I can’t wait to try this for a football party this weekend. Um, can someone tell me where to buy corn beef? I couldn’t find it at the grocery store tonight. Do I need to cook it at all before putting it in with the dip? Thanks! I’m a newbie when it comes to cooking…

  43. Bunny 49

    This would be a wear the elastic waist pants kinda food cause I ain’t gonna stop eating it once I start.

  44. Cathy 50

    Just go to the deli area of your supermarket where they slice lunch meats.  Ask for a 1/2 pound of corned beef in one big slice.  It’s already cooked so just chop it up and add it to the dip.

    Super Easy!

  45. Cassie 51

    OMG that loooooks divine!!!!!!!!!

  46. Daziano 52

    Hmmmm!!! Looks perfect for a party!

  47. giz 53

    I wouldn’t have thought of that in a million years but what a fantastic concept. You win the prize – I just don’t know what it is yet.

  48. Dee 54

    I just made a sauerkraut and smoked knuckle thingy, and now have half a jar sulking in the fridge. Thought I’d have to chuck it out so this is perfect. Thanks!

  49. LOL, I’ve really enjoyed looking around your website… how fun!

    This dip looks fantastic! I love, love, love reubens. Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. my boys were Tiger and Bear Cubs last year :)

  50. Totally and completely YUMMMMMMY.


  51. grace 58

    mounds of mustard always look so unseemly, but ya gotta have it. :)
    great dip. ’tis a dip day. :)

  52. Rindy R 59

    I want to dive into that bowl and eat my way out!
    That looks sooooo good!!

  53. oh wow. you’re a genius. this looks unbelievable delicious. perfect for football season.

  54. Pam 61

    Oh my. I love those mini rye bread slices… my mom used to buy them when I was a kid. The dip is perfect and I can’t wait to make it.

  55. michael 62

    F**K Me that looks good. You are a GENIUS. Perhaps fry up pieces of rye bread with butter, kinda like a crouton, and throw them into the mix…eat the damn thing with a spoon! OR large pieces of bread, shingled, you’ve got a damn reuben casserole! I need a Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry and a trip to the store…Later!

  56. Gina 63

    Oh my goodness! I don’t think I love anything more than a Reuben sandwich so this would be soooo good. :) Book marking this and can’t wait to make it!

  57. Julie 64

    Wow, that’s interesting, and defintely worthy trying. Thanks!

  58. Ruth 65

    i will, yet again, have to make this! but something tat struck me about this was the corned beef in the picture. i knew english and US foods differ, but i never guessed that would be the case with corned beef. yours (link to doesnt look quite so ‘corned’ as ours (link to sure it will work just as well in the dip though!

  59. Egghead 66

    This looks delicious. Very interesting combination with the sauerkraut and all. Can’t wait to try it.

  60. dlyn 67

    That looks so good. My grandmother used to make a reuben casserole that involved horrid substances like that canned corned beef stuff and refigerator biscuits – it tasted divine though!

  61. Katie 68

    Thanks! It was a big hit today. :)

  62. gaga 69

    Yum. I love reuben sandwiches and would have never thought to turn it into a dip. I’ll definitely be giving this one a try soon.

  63. Elle 70

    Oh! This looks heavenly, fantastic, and totally delicious!

    Saving this one for game days, for sure.

  64. heather 71

    man, you had me at the picture, and i didn’t even read the whole post yet, but i have. got. to. make this.

  65. mindy 72

    Whoa! Great idea; I am on a kraut kick, and I love me a reuben. Looks like a true crowd-pleaser. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Lennie 73

    I am soooo behind in my blog reading, but when I saw this today I stopped dead in my tracks. Well, that’s a lie ’cause I wasn’t walking around while reading, but anyway……..
    This looks FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to try it :-)

  67. Okay…so the Reuben is my ALL TIME FAVE deli sandwich…
    This is so awesome. thank you for your adaptation!

  68. This sounds like a great dip. Cheese, sauerkraut and corned beef are 3 of my favorite things. Oh and my dog’s name is Ruben so that makes 4. That settles it, I MUST try this recipe!

  69. Jessica 76

    I have a recipe very similar to this, however, it calls for Thousand Island dressing instead of ketchup & mustard. It also does not have sour cream in it, just cream cheese. My recipe uses a small crockpot to warm the dip instead of using an oven. The dip is delicious!

  70. Jodi 78

    I am going to put this in the middle of a sourdough round and serve it at my Halloween party! Thank you for a great idea.

  71. Pam 79

    This is the absolute best way to share a recipe! Love the pictures – am making this for a dinner party in Nov.

  72. Chris 80

    I made a double batch of this for a party today, and it was a huge hit. Definitely a keeper! I couldn’t find any of the cocktail rye bread, but we used Triscuit Rye crackers (I never even knew they made rye ones until yesterday) and they were great with it.

  73. Kristin 81

    I made this for Father’s Day and it was a big hit!! The family loved it!! I will be making this again!!

  74. Reubens are my favorite too! I like Turkey Reubens as well. I haven’t been to NY yet.

    Your dip looks absolutely terrific! :p

  75. Carol Doubblestein 83

    Everything sounds yummy. Want more!!

  76. Making this tomorrow for a baby shower! I can NOT wait!!

  77. Okay, made this today and one thing, oh how I wished I had doubled the recipe. It is FANTASTIC and was a huge hit!!! Thank you!!!!!

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  79. Tyler 87

    I made a double batch of this for my wedding shower and it went before I got a chance to try it. I added Russian dressing instead of ketchup and put extra Swiss on top before putting it under the broiler for a few. Thanks for the recipe I hope to get a chance and eat it another time!

  80. lesa 88

    my friend used rye triscuits. so good!

  81. BBBB 89

    I am making this for a graduation pot-luck today – I can’t wait to taste it!!

  82. Patti 90

    I made this for a fun dinner last night and my mom, sis and I devoured it! The only changes I made were that I used Buddig chipped beef and we toasted the cocktail rye breads on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes. Toasting the bread makes all the difference! Thanks for this great recipe!

  83. Julie 91

    Do you cook the corned beef before making/mixing?

  84. Bless you for this recipe; it has eclipsed Hot Artichoke Dip as the favorite at big parties here. At our last Christmas party, my sister loved this dip so much she crawled right up into the dish to scrape out the very last bits.

    Ruined her slacks, but she said it was worth it.

    Your recipes are fabulous, and REAL.
    Wish we lived closer to your vineyard!

  85. Tracey 95

    this looks fantastic! I’d love to try this at my parent’s house cause my dad loves Ruben sandwiches and I had my first Ruben with my dad.

  86. I will be making this for an appetizer on Thanksgiving :)

  87. Roberta 97

    Had a birthday party for Husband and served this to my guest. They Loved it!!!!!!
    Fast and easy to put together. I made two dishes of Reuben dip the day. About an half hour before guest arrived, put in oven bake. Everyone loved it!

  88. Rene 98

    Since Im allergic to red meat, I substituted the corned beef in this recipe with cubed turkey meat. Tastes really good. =)

  89. Brenda 99

    Hoping i can do this in a crockpot. what do you think?

  90. Rebecca Haley 102

    Made it tonight for Super Bowl, it was amazing!

  91. Christine 103

    Just popped this in the oven – cant wait!

  92. Sherrie 104

    This is the third time I’ve cooked a corned beef, just to be able to make this with the leftovers! Yum!

  93. Annabelle 105

    I will admit that I didn’t take the time to read all the comments so please forgive me if someone else asked this question. I must make this but I’m not familiar with corned beef. Did you buy hunks of it from a deli department in the grocery store or do you have to actually make a corned beef (in the crockpot kind of recipe)? Your corned beef looks thicker than just buying sliced corned beef. Thanks so much.

  94. Sharon S. 108

    I came across this recipe a few days ago while perusing Pinterest for something fun to make for our family Christmas party. Let me tell you, it was a HIT!!! The only thing I would say is that we ended up using crackers we had for another spread more than the cocktail rye bread which seemed a little too dry for this recipe. Obviously, that wasn’t an issue with the recipe, though. This was delicious and will definitely be made again. And again!

  95. Marla 109

    looks delicious, but the ingredient list that I’m seeing is missing the sauerkraut. how much do you use?

  96. Fran 111

    This Reuben Dip looks wonderful! However, the picture looks like cheddar cheese on top and it calls for swiss. Is there any cheddar in it? Thanks!

  97. Myra Rogers 113

    This looks yummy. I think I will try it!!
    I will comment when I make it to let you know what I think.

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