God I love a hand pie. These are stuffed full of corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut – duh it’s a reuben. And of course my life would be an empty pit if there wasn’t some sort of dipping sauce so I threw a little thousand island action in there as well. As for the labor involved, you CAN TOTALLY make your own pie dough (recipe included) which takes about 6 minutes of actual labor, but there is resting time and rolling time and the whole mess, so it’s ok if you want to the go the store-bought route. Just make NOT to get the kind that comes pre-pressed into a pie tin. You can also do this with thinly rolled pizza dough – it’s grand.
1 disc of pie dough, recipe below (or two sheets of store-bought)
10 thin slices swiss cheese
½ lb corned beef, sliced thin (I used about 10 slices all told)
⅔ C sauerkraut (canned is fine), drained thoroughly
1 egg, beaten
Coarse salt & ground black pepper
1 T sesame seeds (optional)
½ C thousand island dressing plus more for dipping, recipe below
Preheat your oven to 400° F.
On a lightly floured surface roll dough out to an ⅛ inch thickness and cut out 2 circles, 6-7 inches in diameter (I used a plate as a template and cut with a knife – this doesn’t have to be exact). Place dough circles on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate while you re-roll the scraps. You should get five circles in total with a couple scraps leftover.
To assemble take one dough circle and spread 1 tablespoon of 1000 island dressing on half of the dough, leaving a ½ inch border.
Place a slice of cheese, folded in half, on top of the dressing. Layer on 2 slices of corned beef and 2 tablespoons of sauerkraut. Top with another slice of cheese.
Fold the dough over the filling and crimp with a fork to seal the pie.
Pop the pies back onto the parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for ten minutes.
Lightly brush the pies with the beaten egg, cut a few slits in the top of each pie with a sharp knife, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.
Bake on the middle rack for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool for 10 minutes and serve with 1000 island dressing.
You can bake these from a rock-hard frozen state, but I’d lower the oven temp to 350° and bake for more like 45-50 minutes.
Keywords: reuben, savory pie, hand pie, homemade hot pocket