Layered Rueben Loaf Recipe
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Layered Rueben Loaf Recipe

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This meat loaf really captures the wonderful flavor of reuben sandwiches. When my family tires of regular meat loaf, I turn to this recipe from my niece. - Darlene Loudon, Creston, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 4 ounces deli pastrami, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 302 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 121 mg cholesterol, 803 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, ketchup, bread crumbs and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well; set aside. In another large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, pastrami, cheese, sour cream and mustard.
  2. Press a third of the beef mixture into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Top with half of the pastrami mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining beef mixture.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Reuben Loaf in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p51

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"My husband said this was tasty and I agree. I made 1/2 this recipe and baked it in a 3 cup Pyrex casserole dish. My alterations threw the cook time off because the loaf was finished after 45 minutes. I'll definately make this recipe again."

Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"This is a particularly HUGE success for our family! Family members who are not crazy about sauerkraut even enjoy this recipe for SECONDS! Very easy to make, and is made as a regular item in our household! Definitely a MUST TRY recipe!"

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