Reuben bread that's hearty and irresistible. Full of everything you love about the Reuben sandwich; corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and tons of spicy mustard!
Being Irish, there are certain foods that I think are just in our blood. We’re meat and potatoes kind of people. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, when it comes to great Irish food I have my very favorites. I adore shepherd’s pie. There’s something about all those veggies and that beef swimming in gravy topped with mashed potatoes. For me, that’s comfort food at its finest.
Have you ever had Colcannon? It’s such a simple traditional dish but is one of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes. Cabbage and mashed potatoes make perfect partners. Sometimes people add bacon or cheese. No matter how it’s made, I can’t help but eat more than my fair share.
When it comes to cabbage, it’s other perfect match is corned beef. Each year for Saint Patrick’s day I make corned beef and cabbage for dinner in celebration. We gather with our family to enjoy the day together. Each time I make this meal, I wonder to myself why in the world I don’t make it more often. Corned beef and cabbage practically makes itself.
There are never leftovers and plates are always cleaned without a morsel left behind. Using a nice crusty piece of bread to soak up the broth and swipe up the tiny pieces of corned beef and mustard. Bellies leave the table full and happy. That's a feeling that belongs to more of the year than just St. Patrick's Day, if you asked me.
This Reuben bread will leave you with the same happy feeling. It combines all the things that make an Irish dinner something special into one lovely braid. This golden braid hides tender corned beef, cabbage, mustard and a bit of mild Jarlsberg Swiss cheese to hold it all together. This bread is very reminiscent of a Reuben sandwich minus the thousand island dressing, mostly because I like my Reuben with mustard but if you’re partial to the classic dressing then go for it!
Once it emerges from the oven, be sure to serve it warm. Trust me, you wouldn’t be able to wait anyway. It’s that good! You’ll cut into and all that warm, melted cheese has melded with the corned beef and cabbage. The smell is intoxicating and this loaf will be devoured, just like any Ireland-inspired dinner.
You could also make "The Rachel" version of this bread, subbing in turkey for the corned beef.