Wonton wrappers, stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese baked in a mini muffin pan. These Reuben Wonton Purses are perfect Reuben appetizers!
These Reuben Wonton Purses my just be the best St. Patrick’s Day appetizer … well ever. Little wonton purses — you might even call them “pots of gold” — stuffed with Reuben goodness and baked in mini muffin tins.
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Frank’s Kraut is the mastermind behind “REUBEN MADNESS.” Reuben madness is to honor the deliciousness that is the Reuben Sandwich and all things Reuben. National Reuben Day is March 14th. The sandwich is celebrated by Frank’s Kraut and by myself and others the whole month through.
Reubenize Your Wontons
Reuben Madness leads you to believing you can put a reuben spin on any dish. And I mean anything. Because if you can make reuben wontons then what can’t you reubenize?
The Reuben Sandwich:
The Reuben Sandwich was created right here in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and rye bread make up this now iconic sandwich. I have loads of Reuben Recipes right here on my blog, and Frank’s has tons more on their website.
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Wonton wrappers don’t come in rye form, that I am aware of, so we are missing that one small component. But for what I am lacking in rye, I make up for with more cheese. I added cream cheese to give these little tasty bundles something extra. Something special. As an afterthought, I could have added some rye bread crumbs to get that flavor. Maybe I’ll try that next time.
I tried these two different ways. I baked one group of them and left the tops open. We didn’t like them nearly as much. The edges weren’t the same, and the presentation just wasn’t what I wanted.
The Rye Seed Workaround
Ok, like I mentioned, the rye component in lacking. But there is a way to bring it in, even though it isn’t necessarily rye. You just have to find caraway seed cheese or add a couple caraway seeds in if you have some in the pantry. Caraway seeds are often used to season rye breads too so it won’t be out of place.
Caraway seeds are also safe for people that have celiac disease.
Ingredients in Reuben Wonton Purses:
- corned beef
- Frank’s Kraut
- wonton wrappers
- Swiss cheese
- cream cheese
- Thousand Island dressing
- caraway seed (optional)
Shredded Swiss cheese, cream cheese, Thousand Island Dressing, Frank’s Kraut, Corned beef, scallions and caraway (not pictured). You can find the Wonton wrappers in the produce section of your grocery store.
I made extra corned beef, so I used the leftovers to make these. Deli corned beef works great, too!
Mix all of the ingredients together, and use a cookie scoop to add a ball of filling to each wonton wrapper.
Don’t skip this step. I tried it both ways, and you will be much happier with the outcome if you take a pastry brush and wet the edges of each wonton wrapper before pushing into the muffin tin.
Be gentle when you press them into the mini muffin tin. You don’t want to break a hole in the bottom. Fill each up with one scoop of filling.
Now slightly dampen your fingers with some water. Pinch the edge together and give them a little twist. Give them a light spray of non-stick cooking spray before baking them. This recipe makes 2 dozen wonton cups.
Another delicious Reuben Recipe to add to my ever growing list.
Take some time to visit Frank’s Kraut, find out where to buy the best sauerkraut on the planet, and check out all of their Reuben recipes, too.
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 the Reuben, and how to “Reubenize” anything!
Who’s ready to make some Reuben Wonton Purses?
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1/2 pound corned beef, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup Frank's Kraut, drained and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
- 2 (tops only)green onions, sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a pastry brush, brush water around the outside edges of each wonton wrapper and gently press into mini muffin tins.
- Mix together:cream cheese, Swiss cheese, kraut, corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, onions and caraway seeds.
- Using a cookie scoop, add one ball of filling to each wonton wrapper. With fingers dampened in water, pinch together the tops and give a slight twist to seal.
- Lightly spray the tops with non-stick cooking spray.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
If you make them ahead, be sure to keep them in the refrigerator. Take out about 30 minutes prior to baking to take the chill off before baking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.