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Scrumptious Sauerkraut Balls

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"The perfect party finger food. These are the most scrumptious sauerkraut balls you will ever taste!"
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2 h 20 m servings 287
Original recipe yields 12 servings (32 balls)


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  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, fry pork sausage and onion until sausage is evenly brown and onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Crumble sausage mixture into a large bowl and add drained sauerkraut, mustard, garlic salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons bread crumbs. Combine cream cheese and parsley, and mix into sauerkraut mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Shape sauerkraut mixture into 3/4 inch balls. Coat balls with flour. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Dip floured balls in egg mixture and then roll in remaining bread crumbs.
  4. Deep fry in batches for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.


  • Note
  • After breading, the balls can also be quick-frozen on a cookie sheet, and stored in freezer bags. They do not need to thaw before frying.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 287 calories; 23.5 10.7 8.4 48 785 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

These can be baked in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes instead of frying. they freeze well. My family favorite.

Most helpful critical review

Should have tried before serving. These were greasy and salty.

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These can be baked in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes instead of frying. they freeze well. My family favorite.

After sharing these with several people they all asked for the recipe. I also made the same recipe except I used corned beef instead of sausage and I cut the cream cheese in half and added 6 oz...

The work involved is worth it!I always dbl.the recipe because everyone loves them.I learned how to make these from my mom.She always made them for family gatherings.Only thing we do differently ...

This recipe was awesome!!! My husband and I had sauerkraut balls at a German Restaurant in Columbus, OH a few years ago and have craved them ever since. This recipe was very close to the origi...

I just served these sauerkraut balls at a New Year's Day party. I received so many compliments and requests for the recipe. Guests even raved how much better they were than a couple of well know...

Hubby and I host 2-3 "Beast Feasts" per year and yesterday I used this one and substituted venison kielbasa for the pork sausage. We had over 50 people show up and and everyone that tried one o...

Great recipe with good ratios. I ate sauerkraut balls like crazy growing up in Ohio and LOVED them. Never even thought to make them before until a recent ball-themed snack party. I tried va...

I use vegetarian sausage when I want these and the meat-eaters still gobble them up!

Very good! A friend had made something like these for a Christmas party a few years ago so I was happy to find this recipe. I made them for a superbowl party and kept them warm in a crock pot ...