If you’re a fan of the classic Reuben sandwich, you’ll love these Reuben Bites made with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing.
Reuben Bites are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that combines the classic flavors of a Reuben sandwich into a bite-sized package. The combination of thinly sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing is a perfect match, making these little bites a crowd-pleaser at any party or get-together.
Another reason why Reuben Bites are a great choice for an appetizer is that they are easy to make in large quantities. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to accommodate a larger crowd, and the bites can be assembled in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This makes them a stress-free option for a party host.
Unlike a full-size Reuben sandwich, these bites can be enjoyed without the need for utensils or plates, making them perfect for any occasion.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Rye Bread – Choose the rye bread you like the most. I really like dill rye. If you can find the cocktail rye bread squares at your grocery store those work perfectly.
- Swiss Cheese – This is a type of cheese that is known for its nutty and slightly sweet flavor.
- Corned Beef – Thinly sliced. It has a salty and slightly tangy flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients in this recipe.
- Sauerkraut – It is a traditional ingredient in Reuben sandwiches and adds a unique flavor to these bites
- Thousand Island Dressing
How To Make Reuben Bites
Start by preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat for easy clean up.
Next, prep your ingredients. Cut the swiss cheese slices into 6 pieces each. Then, cut the corned beef slices in half. You can use pastrami if you can’t find corned beef. Now, cut the rye bread into 8 pieces. If you can find rye cocktail bread squares go for those. They are already cut into the perfect size.
Spread some thousand island dressing onto the bread square and place them on a baking sheet. Layer the cheese and corned beef on top then finish with sauerkraut.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven.
Top each with dollops of thousand island dressing and serve warm.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Make sure to drain and squeeze the sauerkraut dry before using it in this recipe. This will prevent the Reuben Bites from becoming soggy.
- Use thinly sliced or shaved corned beef for best results.
- If you don’t have Thousand Island dressing, you can use a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish to make your own.
- If you’re serving these bites at a party or potluck, consider making a double batch as they are sure to disappear quickly!
- You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar or provolone, to give the Reuben Bites a different flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a different type of meat in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute the corned beef with pastrami, roast beef, or even turkey or chicken.
Can I reheat these bites?
You can reheat the Reuben Bites in the oven or air fryer to crisp up before serving.
Can I use something else instead of sauerkraut?
You can use coleslaw or chopped pickles instead of sauerkraut.
How do I store leftovers?
You can store Reuben Bites is in an airtight container in the refrigerator, though we don’t recommend it. The bread will get soggy so it is best to eat them at the time you make them.
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If you're a fan of the classic Reuben sandwich, you'll love these Reuben Bites made with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing.
- 24 pieces of cocktail rye bread (or 3 slices rye bread cut into quarters)
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- 6-8 slices corned beef, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sauerkraut
- 1/2 cup thousand island dressing
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat for easy cleanup.
- Cut each slice of bread into 8 pieces. Cut the swiss cheese slices into 6 pieces each. Cut the corned beef slices in half.
- Spread some thousand island dressing onto the bread and place them on a baking sheet. Layer the cheese and corned beef on top. Finish with sauerkraut.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven.
- Top each with dollops of thousand island dressing and serve warm.
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.