Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Menu Ideas

Even though I don't do much to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I make the same Irish themed dinner every year. I make a yummy Reuben sandwich, I got this recipe on, I am also posting pictures, I feel like it is easy to explain the "wrapping" of the sandwich in pictures.

Reuben Sandwich:
1 Loaf frozen bread dough, thawed. (We like to use our pizza dough recipe.)
1/2 cup Thousand Island Dressing
1/2 pound sliced corned beef (Sometimes we use pastrami or half and half is good too.)
8 slices Swiss cheese (Honestly, I only ever use 4, cuts down on the calories.)
1/2 cup sauerkraut

Thaw frozen bread dough per package instructions. Roll out dough until it is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Place on top of a cookie sheet. (I ALWAYS use parchment paper, you will see why later.)
Spread the Thousand Island dressing down the center making a strip about 3 inches wide. (Then cut tiny slits on both sides of the dough.)
Add corned beef, cheese, and sauerkraut. (As you can see we cut the Swiss in half and place it on. We also only do sauerkraut on half the sandwich, because not everyone likes it.)
Fold up the sides of the dough and press to seal. (This is the main reason I included the pictures, I think that description could be confusing if you didn't know to cut the slits in the sides.)
Bake according to dough package instructions, generally325 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and serve hot. (This picture explains why I use the parchment paper, sometimes, most times, the dressing seeps out a bit, the paper makes clean up easier.)
I am super excited to eat these Thursday, they are so yummy! I also serve potato chips (the Irish love their potatoes), peas (cause they are green), and this year I am adding rainbow jello. I usually serve sorbet fizzes as a drink/dessert, they are just 7UP with lime sorbet.

Do you have any St. Patrick's Day traditions? What do you serve for dinner that day?


  1. This is great! I've been trying to figure out what to make for our dinner that day! This looks great! Thaks for the ideas!

  2. Oh man, I love a reuben sandwich and this looks delish. I just might have to run out to the store to get the ingredients to make this tomorrow. I've never really made anything traditionally for St. Paddy's, though my mom always did corned beef and cabbage. Cameron's not a fan, so I've never made it because I'd probably have to eat it all myself (might not be such a bad thing, I do love it...)

  3. These reubens were DELISH!! I'm so glad you shared with us. I'll have to make these at my house, even if it's just so the kitchen smells good :)


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