Alice, from Dining with Alice, is just being a show-off today! Seriously...Reuben Donuts?! She is the kitchen star for the local Twin Cities Live T.V. show and rightfully so; she is charming, talented and fun. You’ll be able to catch a new MN recipe from her her on NellieBellie each month. Watch for casserole, cheese, wild rice and things on a stick! Today she’s bringing us a special recipe just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
Corned beef has become a favorite in our house. It started with my husband, Will. We lived in Washington, D.C. in a tiny apartment where you could bounce a bouncy ball the whole distance of the apartment. And the kitchen? Oh, the kitchen. Most houses have closets bigger than that kitchen. We didn't have much space, but we had a Crock-Pot and my husband would always buy corned beef and cook it while we were at grad school. We'd come home and his meal would be ready-complete with potatoes, cabbage and carrots. The ritual continued through our time there, he'd buy it and cook it in the Crock-Pot and really, what girl can complain that her significant other is making dinner and the only decision is what to drink with the meal?
I convinced Will to move to Minnesota, and one of the biggest selling points was the Minnesota State Fair. One trip there we had Reuben Bites, a fritter stuffed with all things good, including corned beef. Oh gosh, was Will in love. With me, of course but also this fried goodness. It was a ritual to have them at every trip to the Fair. This year, Will has made three corned beefs in the Crock-Pot so far and we are only three months into the year. And this is embarassing to admit, but he just bought two more at the grocery store yesterday. So I see more corned beef in my near future. I wanted to create a recipe that could use the leftover corned beef and honor our love for the Minnesota State Fair, and what a better way than to make a fried savory donut! Yes, that's Minnesotan.
To make Reuben Donuts you just need five ingredients: cooked corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and biscuit dough.
After you combine the ingredients, you tuck it inside the biscuit dough and fry it.
The Reuben Donuts get a nice pretzel brown color, cooking them to this color ensures the inside of the dough is fully cooked.
Serve the Reuben Donuts with Thousand Island dressing and a good Stout beer.
Want the full recipe with all the details on how to make these Reuben Donuts? You can find it here on the Dining with Alice web page.