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Hot Rueben Spread

If you need another idea for a cracker spread this season you should try this recipe. If you like rueben sandwiches you will love this dip. It's a delicious spread for crackers or breads of your choice. I could make a meal of this. And I did.
  • 1 cup of canned corn beef, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups sauerkraut, drained and patted dry
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish or pickles, chopped
  • Dash of pepper
  • 3 drops Tabasco sauce or more if you like 'heat'
  • Extra Swiss cheese, grated (for the top)
  1. Combine all ingredients and spread into a greased oven safe dish. (1 litre size)
  2. Sprinkle extra cheese on top.
  3. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 25 - 30 minutes until mixture is hot and bubbly.
  4. Serve hot with crackers or bread. 


  1. Oh Betty - that sounds delicious! It would be great for New Year's Eve - hmmm. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Thank you for sharing all these has me back in the kitchen cooking again and actually enjoying it! Such a blessing!

  3. I love a good Rueben and I know I'll enjoy this spread!

  4. My husband is going to love me forever when I make him this.

  5. Yummm... this will be my NYE party contribution this year!! Thanks Betty! I wonder would you be able to hollow out the pumpernickel bread and put the hot dip inside of it for presentation and saving bringing a dish to wash?? :)

  6. Anonymous..that sounds delicious. Let me know how you like it.

  7. This will be perfect for New Year's Eve. I spend it alone but I still celebrate but I usually can't make it to midnight! LOL! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  8. This sounds very good. Except I'm not a very big fan of sauerkraut. Could I substitute something else?
    PS Love your recipes and website--I check it everyday.

    1. I can't think of a substitute for sauerkraut in this recipe because a rueben spread really needs it:) Maybe you could pulse the sauerkraut really fine in the food processor before adding it to the mixture. Would that help?
      Thank you for checking our website every day, we appreciate that!

  9. Betty, even though I've never liked sauerkraut I just had to try this recipe tonight---corned beef (which I love), warm melty cheese with a gooey creamy sauce just said "comfort food' to me. I absolutely loved it--it was just delicious! Even my family who "doesn't like sauerkraut" loved it too. I can't wait to make it the next time we have company coming over. Thank you so much. Keep the recipes coming--you are all fantastic cooks and we are so lucky that you share your recipes with us.


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