Saturday, July 20, 2013


For those of you who don't know, I also write a health blog about how foods and eating affects our health.  I have posted a few times about how sauerkraut is a healthy food.  If you don't like sauerkraut or you are just starting to try it, give this recipe a try.  Sometimes it is easier to learn to like a food when you aren't eating it by itself.

2 cans (10-oz each) chopped sauerkraut, drained
1 lb thinly sliced corned beef, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
1/2 lb thinly sliced Swiss cheese
5 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled rye bread
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a greased 8 x 11 1/2-inch baking dish or pan, layer the sauerkraut, corned beef, dressing, cheese, and bread crumbs in the order listed.  Drizzle the butter over all.

Bake casserole uncovered in 375 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the casserole is heated through and the bread crumbs are lightly browned.

Note:  I first found this recipe in an old Leisure Arts book of foods good for gifting. If you choose to take this casserole to someone for them to bake later, all you need to give them for directions is the last paragraph of baking instructions above.  Thus the 10 minute variation in cooking time.  When making at home for a family meal the 30 minutes should be long enough.  If made ahead and refrigerated, it may take 40 minutes.

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