Mouthwatering Monday - Sauerkraut Balls

Many people posted about their New Year's Day food traditions, like Blackeyed Peas. Thanks to my German ancestors, we make kraut balls. Well my Mom makes kraut balls. But this year I learned how to make them too.

Now, before you rush to judgment allow me to say - they are delicious. Mr. P had never had them until this year and after we gobbled them up, he asked me to make another batch the next day.

So here is how you make Sauerkraut Balls.

1/2 lb ground beef
1 lb sausage
1 lg jar of sauerkraut (glass jar, not canned)
1/2 onion, chopped
4 eggs
1 C bread crumbs, plus
2 T regular mustard

Brown beef and sausage. Chop kraut in food processor. Mix kraut and chopped onion into browned meat, and mustard and one beaten egg.

Sausage and sauerkraut

Add bread crumbs and mix. It will look about like this:

sauerkraut balls

Make a test ball and add more bread crumbs if needed to get a consistency that will allow the balls to hold together. (They hold together loosely...if you can just form a ball that doesn't fall apart - you've got it.)

Set mixture aside to cool a bit.

Beat remaining eggs in a small bowl with a folk. Place more bread crumbs in another bowl. Scoop up some of the kraut mixture with a teaspoon and shape into a ball. Dip in egg mixture...


Then dip in bread crumbs and roll to coat. Place balls on cookie sheets. Repeat until mixture is used up.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen Sauerkraut Balls.

Sauerkraut Balls

They can be eaten plain, or with gourmet mustard, or with Thousand Island dressing (like a Reuben). This year we especially liked Emeril's Kicked Up Horseradish Mustard (pictured on the side).

They are seriously yummy. (They are sorta messy to make too. Just so you know. But worth it!)
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Unknown said...

Can you believe I've never even tried sauerkraut? This is a fun recipe though. I'll try anything that's rolled up in a ball. Ha! :)

mudmama said...

wow! I have never heard of these, but I am a sauerkraut fan. :)
I AM considering blissdom, but I need to find out all the details. Are you staying over/participating all weekend?
Tagged ya in a meme by the way:)

Formerly known as Frau said...

They sound really good, not a big fan of sauerkraut but would love to learn to enjoy German food. Definitely gonna try them. Thanks for sharing.

Gattina said...

I am German, but I have never heard of these Sauerkraut balls, must come from a region I don't know, sounds very yummy ! We also eat Sauerkraut on New Year's day, but the traditional one with porc, ham, saucissages and mashed potatoes.

mo.stoneskin said...

Sauerkraut is such a fabulous word.



Liz Mays said...

I've never heard of them before!

Anonymous said...

These, I would love. But I'm not so much feeling like attempting multi-step recipes.

The Urban Cowboy said...

I miss Germany!

Meadowlark said...

I make a mean sauerkraut soup. Which people think tastes terrible, but it doesn't. The tang of the sauerkraut mellows during cooking and it's amazing!

Amy said...

Karly - Ball shaped food is almost always good. It's true.

mudmama - I will email you--

Frau - This would be a good intro to sauerkraut because it's mild.

Gattina - We also eat sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and sausages. The kraut balls are probably from a grandmother or a great-grandmother that handed down the recipe. I don't know it's full origin. But they are worth a try!

mo - it IS a strange word. If you say it over and over like that you'll have bad dreams.

blueviolet - I figured this might be the case. And I thought no one would comment because they would sound so weird. But I was wrong!

de - I know that feeling very well.

Cowboy - I've never been but would love to see Germany and Austria.

Meadowlark - I'm emailing you! I need that recipe!

purejoy said...

i gagged a little bit at the title, but pressed on and read to the end.

they do sound dee-lish.

i might even have to try this soon!

Lori said...

I don't know Amy... I don't think I could make these. The last time on open a can a sauerkraut I throw up, immediately (I was pregnant with The Princess). I still get the hee-bee-jee-bees every time I see the stuff. I will have to rely on you making them and inviting me over. I'm sure Daddy-O would love them.

Sheri @ www.careergirlinterrupted.com said...

hey twinkie - get out of my head - just sitting here thinking i should make reuben egg rolls soon. basically wrap reuben filling in egg roll wrappers and deep fry. yes deep fry. i didn't say they were healthy but oh.my.god. awesome. This is healthier - i'll make this instead LOL.

Michelle Smiles said...

GAH! I LOVE sauerkraut balls and never thought to try and make them at home (mostly because the ones I've always had are deep fried and I just don't deep fry at home). I can't wait to try this!
Steve and I went to a German place downtown a few months ago. I talked endlessly about getting sauerkraut balls when we went. I did and they were just okay so he didn't understand my love for them.

Rebecca at Toothwhale said...

You've sold me on this recipe even though I haven't yet been brave enough to try sauerkraut. I have one (dumb) question, though. When you say sausage, what do you mean? There are so many kinds and I haven't cooked with sausage much.

Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Hilarious, but sounds delicious actually. I love sauerkraut.


Amy said...

Rebecca - but some Jimmy Dean in one of those fat tubes then cook-n-crumble just like you do with the ground beef.

Unknown said...

Can these be made ahead and frozen?

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