The Guilty Pleasure: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls Where to Get It: Rosie McCaffrey's Price: $9 What It Really Costs: A few hours of sauerkraut breath
It's practically scientifically proven than when you're drunk you crave food that involves two things: cheese and a deep fryer. In most situations a good plate of cheese sticks will do, or maybe a greasy slice of cheesy pizza.
But when you're at an Irish pub drinking Irish beer, only one thing will do: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls.
These little fried creations combine all the best parts of drinking fare and Irish cuisine into one dish. There's cheese and fried dough, but also the makings of one top-notch Reuben sandwich.
Your order comes with four egg rolls, though they're cut in half so it's practically like you get eight of them. Each is stuffed with melted Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, and pieces of chopped up corned beef. You also get a side of Thousand Island dipping sauce, though it really tastes more like spicy mayo -- and that's fine. The slight spiciness is a good thing since these egg rolls contain more cheese than your typical Reuben sandwich would.
The egg roll wrappers are also of note. They're not the thin kind of crisp wrapper usually used on egg rolls, but rather a thicker version that's more like bread. But fried. It might seem like misstep to some, but we think the thick texture makes the dish all the better.
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The other benefit of wrapping your Reuben into little rolls is that you get all flavor without any of mess that usually comes with eating a sandwich. Eating a traditional Reuben will undoubtedly involve getting your hands dirty with grease from bread and probably with dressing drippings. If nothing else, this is a much cleaner way to eat.
Plus, these easy-to-eat snacks leave one hand free so you can hold your beer.