Beginner's Box: Reuben Dinner Pie

Jim Hillibish

Just about anything can be a “dinner pie.” These actually are quiches, as in “real men don’t eat ... .” Bruce Feirstein’s 1982 hit book dissing quiche resulted in an Americanization of the French-based pastry.

This one has an unusual crust made with salad dressing. No pastrami? Try Spam cubes.



2⁄3 cup oatmeal

1⁄2 cup Thousand Island dressing

1 egg

3⁄4 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder


1 pound pastrami or corned beef slices, chopped

1⁄4 cup onion, chopped

16 ounce can sauerkraut, drained

2 cups swiss cheese, shredded

11⁄2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Parsley for garnish

Mix crust ingredients and press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Combine filling ingredients. Spoon into shell. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese melts.

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