7/6/10

reuben dip


Did you just ask if I happen to have a really good reuben dip for your summer parties and/or entertaining? Oh ok, I thought you had. Good, I have just the dip for you then. What a wild coincidence!
So you know I've told you I love my homemade ice creams with lots of stuff in them? And you know I love my cookies with tons of junk in them too. Well, I love my dips the same way--tons of stuff, and tons of flavors going on: A party in a dip.
So I'm proud to say I have this dip down to a science, a mere perfection of taste sensation. The flavor is spot on.
Cook notes: I found that using fried pastrami worked best; you could use fried corned beef as well. If you don't like using meat you can use just the cheese chunks and maybe some finely chopped veggies (red peppers, green peppers, cooked corn, etc.. would go very well). If you can, use round dark russian bread as it states in the recipe below. It really melds well with the flavor of the dip. On my first batch I used the dark bread, but on the second batch they had no more russian bread so I used sourdough. I highly recommend using the russian dark and/or marble breads for dipping as sourdough just doesn't quite cut it. Dig it.


reuben dip
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¾ lb. pastrami (fairly lean), finely chopped ½ inch pieces
Less than ¾ lb swiss cheese, finely chopped ½ inch pieces
Almost a ½ cup of yellow or sweet onion, diced finely
¼ cup ketchup
3 TB yellow mustard
¼ cup plus 2 TB sweet pepper relish (not dill)
4 TB hellmans mayo
2 TB creamy horseradish sauce
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces of cream cheese, room temp
A couple dashes of salt & pepper

1 12-inch round dark Russian bread, hollowed out and made into bread chunks
1 large rye bread, cut into chunks for dipping

I like to pan fry the chopped pastrami before adding it into the dip. Just gives it more flavor—this is of course optional but wonderful.
Place everything but the bread in a glass dish, mix well, taste and see if all is good; may have to add more sour cream or mayo. Recipe by dawn finicane. It’s best when the cream cheese is nice and soft, easier to mix.
Let this chill in the fridge at least a couple hours before serving.
When ready to serve place the dip inside the hollowed out Russian bread bowl, serve with the bread chunks on the side on a giant platter, then garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives.

43 comments:

  1. I want to eat the bread bowl and all. This sounds incredible!

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  2. It looks absolutely gorgeous in that bread bowl! Could you send some my way?

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  3. Never made a reuben dip before. Looks fantastic. Thank you!

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  4. Que plato más delicioso. Se ve increible. Saludos

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  5. What a fun dip! I've never heared of anything like it before but it must be such a huge dip at parties...if it makes it out of the house, that is.

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  6. Holy shit, Dawn. You are killing me.

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  7. This is right up my alley Dawn! I love all the flavors - no surprise since a Reuben is one of my ultimate favorite sandwiches (after turkey with cranberry sauce and mayo).

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  8. I'm with Jessica- bread bowls are incredible. Bread bowls filled with amazing dips are out of this world!

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  9. Anytime I see a reuben on a menu, I immediately know what I am going to order. This dip looks delicious!

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  10. this reminds me of a chipped beef recipe from my childhood. i love multi ingredients dishes too. looks and sounds like a party waiting for guests...

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  11. Oh yeah...now you're talking....i HAVE to try this!! =)

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  12. woo! i love this. my husband loves reubens; i wonder i if i can figure out a way to vegetarian-ize this....

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  13. I think we need to have a party at your house. I would stay at the food table allllll night!!

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  14. I will pretend to have a party, so that i can make this dip. Then again I'll probably just end up making a batch for myself. Forget the party. hahaha...

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  15. Me too love "junk" in my ice cream and cookies. I like to say I like my ice creams on the crunchy side. So guess this dip is for me as well!

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  16. Ih man the hubs loves a ruben & this would be high on his list for sure

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  17. OMG!! This sounds and looks amazing!!!!!! I have to make this...I hope I can get all the ingredients or a substitute.....

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  18. Hmmmmm - this sounds like THE perfect dip - with lots of junk in the trunk ;)

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  19. dips are good, but i'm drawn to the bread bowl more than anything else! i would serve it hoping that people just scraped out the dip and left the bowl for me. :)

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  20. Oh man, forget clam dip. Pastrami in dip??? That's like a whole meal in a bowl of dip. ;)

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  21. interesting this reuben dip - I have heard of this but have never tasted it...need to track down some and soon.

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  22. This is soooo good in so many ways! Just from the sound of it, sourdough bread does seem a little too wussy for this dip - dark russian bread it is!

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  23. this looks good... and i'm not even a fan of reubens ;)

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  24. Even before breakfast I am so ready to make and try this beautiful creation. Thanksfor perfecting it for us!!!~♥

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  25. I love that you served the dip in a bread bowl!

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  26. I just forwarded this recipe to the hostess of my upcoming baby shower. This must be served! :)

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  27. This is a dip I could dive into!!!
    It is yet another creation which allows you and your friends to split a REUBEN!
    ~ Genius Dawn ~

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  28. Nice bowl! and great list of ingredients!

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  29. What a fabulous presentation, Dawn! And pastrami in a dip? Brilliant idea. It's a party in itself, isn't it?
    Will definitely put this gorgeous reuben-filled bread bowl out for the next group I have over.

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  30. I absolutely LOVE your header :-) How did you create it?? It is so yummy looking :-)


    ~Alyssa

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  31. This sounds fabulous- can't wait to try it out (and really wish I had all the ingredients right now)! Thanks, Dawn for another winner.

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  32. that looks so good! of course, everything is good when its in a bread bowl =)

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  33. beautifully arranged.......haven't made it in a long time...thanks for reminding me....for dinner parties when the bread is supposed to be on a table for a longer time I find it helpful to use cut out dry bread so it doesn't go soggy........thanks

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  34. A reuben dip sounds really good...I've never made it before, I wonder if you can make it with smoked meat (Montreal)?

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  35. I never fail to drool when I come to your site...

    This is my kind of dip! I think I will have an appetizer party just so I can make this baby.

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  36. i just ran across your blog and i'm drooling.

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  37. Oh MAN this looks good. My next party, for sure!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  38. Reuben dip is so good! I like that you served it in a bread bowl!

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  39. I've got something to go with that dip! I'm hosting a Food Should Taste Good Chip giveaway at my blog! Winner gets 5 free bags of chips!

    ~Alyssa

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  40. Oh Dawn I will certainly take a dip in that bowl! Looks so good.

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  41. A meaty dip - what's not to love.

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  42. holy hell. this looks AMAZING!! have to make this and bring to the next party. yum!

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  43. I have never herad from a reubin dip before but I like ,...eh,..love this a lot!

    MMMMMMMMMMMM,...The picture says it all,...stunning & entertaining food!

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