Saturday, March 14, 2015

Reuben Mac and Cheese @GalloFamily #SundaySupper

Creamy Mac and Cheese meets a Reuben and has the most delicious baby ever!

One of the things that I love so much about food is that certain dishes can evoke memories that we might not otherwise think about. The smell of fresh baked bread takes me right back to my Grandmother's kitchen. I am probably 8 years old, and it is Christmas time. I can vividly remember the brown and orange tile (woohooo 70's), the oven mitts that hung from a hook on the wall, and those big ol’ bar stools that I was so determined to climb alone. It is like I am right there and I could reach out and touch my Grandma's apron!

As I have said in the past, my Mom wasn't big on cooking. She was more about getting something on the table VS creating meals. Not that I hold anything against her. She worked full time, had a husband that was UBER-picky, and it was the era of TV Dinners and canned and boxed meals. But there were dishes like her meatloaf and creamy pea salad that still bring back so many fond memories. People requested that salad for each and every picnic we ever attended.

Now that I am a food blogger, food is pretty much, well it is pretty much my life. So I not only have all of those past memories to enjoy, I have a ton of new ones that have evolved through the recipes I have created with, and for, my family. There have been so many nights I have had my entire family in the kitchen with me as I cook, tasting and laughing. You really never know what is going to happen when you get us all into the kitchen. Those memories are so precious to me.

So it was hard for me to come up with just one dish to share with you this week. Some of my family’s favorite dishes are ones that I have stumbled upon while I was tinkering in the kitchen. I refer to them as “happy accidents” and usually happen when I am knee deep in cookbooks, recipe notes, and countertops covered with ingredients for about 4 different dishes. Out of a mess that looks like the wake of a tornado, comes a dish that my family raves about. Who knew that my ADD could be a key part to my success?

I finally chose my Reuben Mac and Cheese for a few different reasons. The first being that it is so close to St Patrick’s Day, which tends to be a big deal with my family. Being Irish, and a big goof, having a day to dress up in an array of glittery, green, shamrocky garb is something I look forward to every year. I passed the torch to my daughter and she now looks forward to St Patrick’s Day almost as much as she does Christmas!

The second is that my family laughs at my love for mac and cheese. They have all told me, on one occasion or another, that they think I could make just about anything into a mac and cheese. I guess I can understand that when I look back on my BLT Mac and Cheese, Beef Enchilada Mac and Cheese, 3 Cheese Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese, Beer and Brat Mac and Cheese, Bacon Mac and Cheese, Spicy Chili Mac and Cheese, Crabby Mac, and Cheesy Chicken Mac just to name a few.

The third, and most important to me, is that this dish reminds me of my Dad. He would always be the one to make some kind of a sarcastic comment about the dishes I would come up with, but was my biggest supporter. This, the man that I grew up with that would barely eat much more that meatloaf and mashed potatoes, became the one that was in my kitchen just about every night asking "What experiment are we having tonight?". He really realllllly loved this mac and cheese, and that made me a very happy girl.

When it came down to the night I made this for everyone, I knew I wanted to make it a special meal. I knew we would be sharing stories of St Patrick's Day, and my father, so I set the table with my Mom's china, set up a few vases of flowers, and had a bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay and Merlot to share. I knew that either of them would pair nicely with the meal because they both compliment rich food so well. Chardonnay is lovely with things like salmon, poultry, seafood salads and cream sauces, while Merlot is perfect with things like grilled meats, pork roasts, poultry, and pasta with rich hearty tomato sauces. With all of that creamy, cheesy pasta going on, there was no way you could go wrong with either choice.

It was a rare clear night for a March here in Washington, so after dinner we headed out to the deck to share a glass of wine together. There were tons of stories and a lot of laughter, I mean the laughing so hard you are crying laughter. That is the way it goes with our family, and now we have a new story to tell!

1 year ago - Eggs and Greens Pizza

Reuben Mac and Cheese

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 03/15/2015
Reuben Mac and Cheese


  • 6 rye crispbread crackers
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 8 ounces short cut pasta, I used medium shells
  • 3 tablespoons butter, separated
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown deli mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup medium cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 pound slow cooker corned beef, shredded or chopped
  • 1/2 pound sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place rye crispbread and parsley in a food processor pulse until combined.
  3. Bring a large pasta pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt water and cook pasta to al dente.
  4. Heat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter to pot and melt, whisk in flour 1 minute then milk. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, thicken sauce 5 to 6 minutes then stir in mustard and horseradish. Remove the pot from the heat and add the cheeses a handful at a time, stirring until smooth and combined
  5. Drain pasta and return to hot pot. Toss hot pasta with chopped meat and sauerkraut to combine, stir in cheese sauce and coat. Transfer mac n cheese to 2 quart casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. If browner top is desired, place under broiler 3 to 4 minutes, serve.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 25 mins.
Total time: 35 mins.
Tags: Rye crisp crackers, parsley, pasta, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, #SundaySupper, #GalloFamily

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  1. I'll take two big 'ole helpings of this please. Or maybe three. Oh my it looks good.

  2. Turning anything into mac and cheese sounds like the BEST challenge to me! I love ruebens, and I love mac and cheese, so this is a winner to me!

    1. Thanks Nichole!! Yes, my obsession is bad. There should be a 12 step program for it!!

  3. Oh, my gosh, do I love a Reuben sandwich and your mac and cheese sounds just as fabulous!!!

  4. We love a Reuben sandwich, so this mac and cheese recipe would be a good fit in my home! I look forward to giving it a try along with many of those other amazing mac and cheese creations! yummm I love eating mac and cheese as much as you love creating all of these fabu recipes, Bobbi!

    1. Ooohh I think you will love this Marion! Hopefully you will get as addicted as we are :)

  5. I never would have dreamed of reuben mac and cheese! What a great combo flavor and perfect for St. Patty's Day!

    1. I tend to make some crazy combos Jennifer LOL

  6. I love your story and how your family loves to all get in the kitchen together! I am also a huge mac and cheese fan and I love this particular take on it! But I admit, I'm intrigued by some of your other versions of mac and cheese!

    1. Thanks Valerie! Oh I hope you give a few of them a try. Another family fave is my Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni. We have been craving that one lately.

  7. I enjoyed hearing this story from you and I totally can picture you making anything into Mac and cheese! We've loved your chili mac and cheese and I'm excited to try more. I think the Philly is up next. I hope you have a good start to your week!

    1. I love the fact that your family really enjoys my chili mac :) I hope that you all like the Philly too! After reading this post to Kevin he said, "WOW we haven't had any of those in a while" so I guess I will be making them too!!

  8. Reubens are pretty much my families favorite things to eat. We eat them in many different ways. I love that you've upped the ante and have made it into mac and cheese. I'm all over this recipe!

    1. If you love Reubens, you will reallllly love this Mac and Cheese Renee! If you are like me, and love the sauerkraut part of them, I sneak extra into mine for a little more tang and crunch :)

  9. OMG! That looks so YUMMY!!! Looking at it can say for sure, this Super is Superb. Love to have some.

  10. That looks AMAZING! I love that this dish was made for your Dad!

    1. Thanks so much Serena. I have a lot of food memories of my Dad, and I am so happy to have them!

  11. This is such a creative recipe! What a delicious combination you have going on here!

  12. What a lovely story Bobbi! Sounds like a special bond you developed with you dad. Now for the mac and cheese! It sounds absolutely delicious.

    1. Thanks Susan :) yes we were very close and I miss him dearly, but have a ton of awesome memories!!