Reuben Dip~ Just Like the Sandwich But Easier!

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Reuben sandwiches, loads of corned beef with Swiss cheese and cabbage, are the essence of a game night for me.  Have you ever tried to make Reuben sandwiches for a crowd, though?  It's not too easy.  Here's a great alternative and one of the best last minute dip recipes~ Reuben Dip.  Ingredients are readily available at your local deli, and the dip can be made quickly.  Either cook it in the oven or in the slow cooker, which is useful in keeping the dip hot throughout the game.

I will often grab the corned beef from the deli, but if you have leftover corned beef, it would be excellent in this dip.  Another way to fancy up this dip is by making your own thousand island dressing.  Simply combine mayonnaise and ketchup in a 2:1 ratio then add about some chopped up sweet pickles and pimentos.  Of course, to keep it last minute friendly, just use the dressing from the bottle.

Serve with traditional pumpernickel or dark rye bread.  Another easy option is using the pumpernickel or rye cocktail bread.  They are dip~serving~size already.  If you want this to be over the top scrumptious, serve it with everything bagels.  Just cut them into big bite size pieces.  The chewy bagel with all the onion flavor is sooooo good with Reuben dip.  And to satisfy those who want a crunch, use everything bagel chips.  Having some sweet gerkins and extra dressing on the side is a must, too.

Off to win the next bout of Twister.  Oh, did you think I was talking about a different kind of game?  Well, this dip is a winner for any kind of game.

Reuben Dip
16 oz sauerkraut, drained
8 oz cream cheese, cubed and softened
3/4 lb corned beef, {about 3 c} chopped or shredded
1/2 lb shredded Swiss cheese {about 2 c}
1/2 c Thousand Islands dressing

Combine all ingredients by hand or with paddle attachment of mixer.  Spread in 2 qt baking dish or two smaller dishes.  Cover and cook in 375F oven for 25~30 minutes, or til hot and bubbly.  In slow cooker, heat on high for an hour; reduce temperature to warm once melted and stir before serving.

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