“You’re such a Rube!”

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If you are a Reuben Sandwich lover, you’re going to absolutely flip over this Baked Reuben Casserole recipe!

It’s incredibly delicious and fairly easy to make!

Baked Reuben Casserole
Serves about 6

Ingredients:
3 slices of rye bread – cubed
3 slices of rye bread crumbled (use a blender or food processor)
1 pound thinly sliced corned beef
1 cup rinsed and well-drained sauerkraut (press or twist to remove the liquid)
3/4 cup dill pickle relish
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing

(Before preparing the casserole, I prefer to cook the 1-pound piece of corned beef.  It’s simple.  You just place it in a large pot along with the liquid and spices that accompanied it in the package. Pour in enough water to cover the beef, and then bring the water to a boil on the stovetop. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. Check the meat occasionally, adding more water if necessary. The beef is ready when it pulls apart easily. A one-pound corned beef will take about one hour to become perfectly tender.  If you want to take a short-cut, you can use deli-sliced corned beef instead.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 11×7-inch baking dish, an 8 x 8 inch square baking dish, or a 9” round pie plate. Line the bottom of the dish with the bread cubes. Cover with half of the corned beef. Make additional layers in this order: all of the sauerkraut, pickle relish, and caraway seeds, 2 cups of the Swiss cheese, and then the remaining beef, and the remaining cheese. With a whisk, mix together the eggs, milk, mustard and Thousand Island dressing until well mixed. Pour over the casserole. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until set in the center.

Food for ThoughtFOOD FOR THOUGHT:
As a point of interest, did you know the name “Reuben” is of Hebrew origin and means “Behold, a son”?  It’s a biblical name from the Old Testament, where Reuben was the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  “Rube” is another name derived from the name Reuben.  According to Vocabulary.com, calling someone a rube is another way of saying, “You sound like an idiot and you don’t know what you’re talking about.” This word implies a lack of sophistication, manners, education, and culture. It is a form of insult.

How typical of the world to take a name like Reuben and pervert it. It kind of reminds me of some of the words the world has come up with to replace the word “Christian” . . . such as “bible thumper”, “homophobe”, “goody-two-shoes”, “narrow-minded wacko”, or “religious buffoon” to name a few.

But, “Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12)

So rejoice and be glad!  We know who we are . . . and we know whose we are  . . . no matter what the world tries to call us!

-Cheri Henderson

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