The Meatball Shop’s Reuben Balls with Thousand Island Dressing 

Yield: Makes about 30


For dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup sweet gherkin pickles, chopped

1/3 cup whole milk

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. caraway seeds

Ingredients for Meat Balls

1 lb. corned beef, finely diced

1 lb. ground pork

1¼ cup chopped sauerkraut (squeezed to remove as much liquid as possible)

? lb. Swiss cheese, grated with a large box grater

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. caraway seeds

2 slices rye bread, finely diced

5 eggs 2 tbsp. olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly blended.

2. Drizzle olive oil into a large baking dish (9 by 13 inches), coating the entire surface evenly (use your hand to spread the oil).

3. Roll the mixture into round 1½-inch meatballs, making sure to pack the meat firmly.

4. Place meatballs into the oiled baking dish so they are lined up evenly in rows and each is touching its four neighbors in the grid.

5. Roast meatballs in oven until firm and cooked through, about 22 minutes.

6. Allow meatballs to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tray.

7. Serve with Thousand Island dressing.