Reuben Pinwheels

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Puff pastry encompassing sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss and cream cheese baked to perfection then dunked in homemade Thousand Island dressing.

 Reuben Pinwheels

Did you know that March is National Reuben Month?  It’s no surprise that it would be, the stores’ bunkers are brimming with corned beef.  My family absolutely LOVES corned beef.  I always make it for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s not just reserved for then, we typically have the whole Corned Beef and Cabbage meal 4 or 5 times per year.



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Of course, I ALWAYS make extra, because you have to have leftovers for Reuben Sandwiches, and all other things Reuben… am I right?

I mean, you haven’t lived until you have tried Reuben Pizza or a Reuben Stuffed Baked Potato!



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That’s why I always keep plenty of Frank’s Kraut on hand, in case of a Reuben craving! (heck, who am I kidding?  I eat the stuff plain! It’s so good and SO good FOR you, too!)

Did you know? A single serving of sauerkraut has 35% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, which is one of the most important elements of our immune system. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and increases cellular regeneration and repair, while also playing a key role in the formation of collagen, a foundational component for almost every part of our body, including organs, blood vessels, skin, hair, muscles, and bones. – Source: Organic Facts



Reuben Pinwheels

I thought it would be fun to come up with an appetizer celebrating not only the Reuben, but one that would make a fantastic addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!  You could use deli style corned beef, like I did here, or use left over corned beef, too.



Reuben Pinwheels

Simply spread out your puff pastry, top with a mixture of cream cheese and Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, (reserving the rest for dipping!) sprinkle with corned beef, Frank’s Kraut and Swiss cheese and roll it up jelly roll style.  Slice and bake.



Reuben Pinwheels

They are so amazing, I wish I could hand you one through the screen!



Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
HOMEMADE THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING This is unlike ANY Thousand Island Dressing you will find in a bottle. Homemade is the way to go!



Love Reubens? Want to know more? The Reuben actually has a couple of origin stories, it just depends on who tells it. Learn all about Reuben and how to Reubenize anything! 

How To Reuben-ize Anything



Reuben Pinwheels


Who’s ready to make some??  Let’s do this!



Reuben Pinwheels with thousand island dressing on a black serving plate
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Reuben Pinwheels

Puff pastry encompassing sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss and cream cheese baked to perfection then dunked in homemade Thousand Island dressing.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Cuisine: German/American
Keyword: Reuben Pinwheels
Servings: 20 Pinwheels
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel



  • Unfold the thawed puff pastry sheet onto your counter. You can lightly flour the surface, or roll out onto a piece of parchment paper like I do. Lightly roll to flatten creases, without making it any larger.
  • Brush with egg wash. Reserve egg wash.
  • Mix together cream cheese and Thousand Island Dressing, spread over puff pastry.
  • Top with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
  • Roll toward you "jelly roll" style. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and slice roll into 20 1/2" pieces. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes -- serve warm or room temperature with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 197mg | Sugar: 1g

Reuben Pinwheels

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  1. I really LOL when I read you wanted to hand us one of these through the phone. I love Reubens too and can’t wait to make these for me and my family. Yum!

    1. Hi, Jody! You can, but it may affect the rise of the pastry. They recommend that puff pastry be frozen once and that oftentimes re-freezing it may have a flatter, less airy pinwheel. YOu could freeze them after baking and warm up leftovers in a low-heat oven or air fryer though.

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