sauerkraut balls recipe

Susan’s Corned Beef Sauerkraut Balls

Susan’s Corned Beef Sauerkraut Balls

For a recent party with friends, everyone was asked to bring a dish make with corned beef, something new and different. My friends came through with all sorts of creative new ideas. My friend Susan made her sauerkraut balls, but used corned beef instead of sausage. The end result was just wonderful!!! These make great appetizers just on their own. Susan served them with a grainy mustard. So tasty!!

She said the recipe comes from a cookbook from 1973 called The Three Rivers Cookbook. It is from Pittsburgh. One of those regional cookbooks that is filled with great recipes. Thanks for sharing, Susan.

So here is her recipe. If you never had a sauerkraut ball, now is your chance to make some and enjoy. So worth the effort. They freeze well, too.

Susan’s Corned Beef Sauerkraut Balls

8 oz. chopped corned beef

¼ c. finely chopped onion

14 oz. sauerkraut, well drained and chopped

2 T. bread crumbs

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 T. parsley

1 t. prepared mustard

Garlic salt

¼ t. pepper

¼ c. flour

2 beaten eggs

¼ c. milk

1 cup additional breadcrumbs

Oil for frying

Sauté meat and onions until a little browned. Remove from heat and place in a mixing bowl. Add the sauerkraut, 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, cream cheese, parsley, mustard, garlic salt and pepper. Mix well and chill. Form chilled corned beef mixture into small balls. Place flour in small bowl. Combine milk and eggs and place in another bowl. Place cup of bread crumbs in shallow dish. Rolls balls in flour, then dip in the egg mixture, then roll in breadcrumbs to coat. Brown breaded balls in oil to brown, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.        

Sauerkraut Balls

Sauerkraut Balls

These are a fun appetizer to serve at parties. Sauerkraut balls are a mixture of sauerkraut, sausage, cream cheese and the ingredients you would see in traditional meatballs. These are not meatballs, though. They have a very different flavor and texture. The sauerkraut gives them a unique flavor. They are a big hit at parties.

I bake mine, but there are directions for baking or frying.


Sauerkraut Balls

1 pound pork sausage

1 small onion, minced

2 cups sauerkraut, well drained and finely chopped

3 T. bread crumbs

1 teaspoon whole grain or Dijon mustard

½ t. garlic powder

⅛ t. ground black pepper

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ c. fresh chopped parsley

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 large egg, beaten

¼ cup milk

¾ cup dry bread crumbs

1 quart vegetable oil for frying, or as needed (Optional)

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage and onion in the hot skillet until sausage is crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain grease and allow to cool slightly. Transfer sausage mixture into a large bowl. Stir in drained sauerkraut, bread crumbs, mustard, garlic powder, and pepper. Combine cream cheese and parsley in a small bowl; mix into sauerkraut mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.

Place flour into a shallow bowl. Whisk together egg and milk in another bowl. Place 3/4 cup bread crumbs in a third bowl. Shape sauerkraut mixture into 3/4-inch balls. Coat balls in flour, then dip in egg mixture and roll in bread crumbs to thoroughly coat. Chill the balls for 30 minutes before cooking. You have two options at this point when it comes to cooking them. You can fry the sauerkraut balls or you can bake them.

To fry: Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Working in batches, fry balls in hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve hot.

To bake them: Place on silicone lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.

Note: I sprayed them with a little non- stick cooking spray or you can drizzle a little oil on them. You can also bake them as is. I like the finished texture better with a little oil added before baking. Serve hot. I like to serve them with honey mustard or barbecue sauce. Makes about 2½ dozen.

You can cook them ahead of time, then reheat before serving. To reheat, bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

After breading, the balls can be quick-frozen on a cookie sheet, then stored in freezer bags. They do not need to thaw before frying or baking. Add 8-10 minutes to baking time if using from the freezer.

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