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There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were. At Blended Kitchen, we definitely wish we were Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Who doesn’t love corned beef and cabbage, pots of gold and mugs of beer?

To celebrate the holiday, we’re cooking up a twist on the classic reuben, a Reuben Casserole. It’s a one-dish meal that’s easy to throw together in a rush. And, since it’s a holiday, this day calls for a treat (but what day doesn’t, really?) So we’ve got some Luck o’ the Irish Lucky Charms cupcakes to sweeten the deal.

Reuben Casserole AllRecipes.com
It would be blasphemous to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without a little corned beef. And what better way to eat corned beef than in a reuben? That melty Swiss cheese, the bite of the sauerkraut, that tanginess of the thousand island dressing. You can’t go wrong. Putting all of those delicious ingredients into one gooey, flavor-filled casserole is the ideal way to nom down on classic Irish corned beef.

Lindsey took this casserole for lunch the next day and, if possible, it was even better than the night before. With a dish like this, you’ll wish you were Irish every day!

We may or may not have taken a few bites of the corned beef before making the casserole…

Start by cutting the rye bread into cubes.

Line the bottom of the casserole dish with the cubes of bread.

Rinse the sauerkraut and then drain. It’s important to squeeze the majority of the liquid out of the sauerkraut so that the bread cubes don’t get too soggy.

While the recipe calls for strips of corned beef, we went a step further and cut it into little squares so that the pieces would be similar in size to the bread cubes, making the casserole easier to eat.

Layer the sauerkraut on top of the rye bread cubes.

Next, add a layer of corned beef to the casserole.

The recipe calls for Russian-style dressing, but we couldn’t find it at the grocery store. Straub’s, one of our favorite grocery stores in St. Louis, uses thousand island dressing on their Reubens, so we followed suit.

Pour the thousand island dressing all over the casserole, making sure to cover the corned beef with it.

Spread the thousand island dressing all over the casserole.

Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray and use to cover baking dish, sprayed side down. We used Reynolds Wrap heavy duty non-stick. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

This gooey goodness is almost ready to get in our bellies…

The only way to make this casserole better? Cover it in cheese, obviously.

Stick the casserole in the oven for another 10 minutes and it should come out looking as delicious, golden and bubbly as this one. We couldn’t wait to dig in!

This is the perfect dinner for St. Paddy’s day. And look! We used a festive green plate!

Yeah, we ate it right out of the casserole dish. We really couldn’t wait.

Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients
6 slices rye bread, cubed
1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
1 pound deli sliced corned beef, cut into strips
3/4 cup Russian-style salad dressing (or thousand island)
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Spread bread cubes in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread sauerkraut evenly over the bread cubes, then layer beef strips over sauerkraut. Pour dressing over all.

Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray and use to cover baking dish, sprayed side down. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Remove cover, sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Luck o’ the Irish Lucky Charms Cupcakes My Own Ideas | March 9, 2011
Forget green eggs and ham – bring on the green cupcakes! These colorful cupcakes are the perfect St. Paddy’s Day treat. Plus, they’re super easy to make. (Cake from a box really makes baking a cinch!) And decorating these puppies is even easier – Lucky Charms already has mini Irish-themed marshmallows that look adorable with our green icing.

These cupcakes are also the perfect treat to make with kids. You can set up a decorate-your-own cupcake station and let the kids choose their own favorite marshmallow decorations.

Who has time to bake cakes from scratch? We certainly don’t!

Prepare the yellow cake mix according to the directions on the box. Once you’ve got everything mixed together, add some blue food coloring to the mix. Since the cake mix is already yellow, adding blue creates green!

Stir all that together and you get a green-ish batter.

So we added a little (okay, a lot) of green food coloring to the mix to amp up that St. Paddy’s Day green.

That’s some green batter!

Pour the batter evenly into a lined cupcake pan. Fill the cups about 2/3 of the way full or your cupcakes will explode over the top! Bake cupcakes according to the directions on your box of cake mix.

While the cupcakes are in the oven, make your buttercream frosting. Start by adding one 8-oz package of room temperature cream cheese to your stand mixer and beat the cream cheese until fluffy.

To the cream cheese, add a room temperature stick of butter. Mix until smooth.

Slowly incorporate a 1-pound box of powdered sugar into the cream cheese and butter mixture.

Add in about one tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients until well combined.

Add a good amount of green food coloring to your icing and stir until the food coloring has been completely mixed in.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, fill a ziploc bag with icing and pipe onto the cupcakes. Choose your favorite lucky charms to decorate the cupcake with.

Could these cupcakes be any cuter?

Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on the cake mix box
Green and blue food coloring
1 1-lb box powdered sugar
1 8-oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Lucky Charms cereal
Green sprinkles

Directions:

Follow the directions on the cake mix box to make the cupcakes. Don’t forget to add food coloring into the cake batter!

Bake according to instructions and cool completely.

In stand mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add butter and mix until ingredients have been combined. Slowly mix in the 1-lb box of powdered sugar. Add 1 tbsp vanilla extract and food coloring. Stir ingredients together until smooth.

Frost cupcakes with buttercream frosting and top with Lucky Charms and sprinkles.

Who needs luck when you’ve got cupcakes?

Hope all of you have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day!

Nom. nom. nom.