This is an old family recipe brought from the old country by my great grandmother. All you need to do is add mashed potatoes for a complete meal. This either cooks on the stove, or you can cook it in a slow cooker.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
7
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the pork, onion, rice, egg, salt and ground black pepper. Mix well and form into 2 inch balls.

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  • For stove: Place one jar of the sauerkraut in a large pot over medium low heat. Then add the pork balls and cover with the other jar of sauerkraut. Simmer over medium low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • For slow cooker: Place one jar of sauerkraut in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the pork balls and top with the other jar of sauerkraut. Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; protein 20.4g 41% DV; carbohydrates 24.3g 8% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 96.6mg 32% DV; sodium 1456mg 58% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
An improvement on my tried-and-true recipe - Can't get better than that. The pork balls are tender delicious and easy to serve and eat. This is a wonderful comfort meal. The only negative comment came from one eater saying I should have rinsed the sauerkraut and added water to reduce the acidity. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2003
This was so bad that we threw it out. Read More
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51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
An improvement on my tried-and-true recipe - Can't get better than that. The pork balls are tender delicious and easy to serve and eat. This is a wonderful comfort meal. The only negative comment came from one eater saying I should have rinsed the sauerkraut and added water to reduce the acidity. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2010
This is a good recipe I have made it and also expanded on it several times. If you don't like sauerkraut then it is not for you but for us who have Polish roots it's a favorite. A word about the rice unless you are using minute rice always precook your rice or at least cook it halfway to done before putting it in a recipe like this one. I have also made this dish using the suggestion of another reviewer of adding the can of tomato soup. If you really feel lucky then put a layer of fresh cabbage on the bottom of the pot then your meatballs and add a half of the tomato soup and finish it off on the top with one of the cans of sauerkraut (only use one can of Kraut) and finish with the other half can of soup.This is similar to a stew my grandma use to make at New years. Very good but only if you like cabbage! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2003
This recipe was a good alternative to cabbage rolls. I added a can of tomato soup and a can of water to take away some of the sourness of the kraut. We really liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I served this recipe to my family and they loved it. It was very easy to prepare and my 13yr. old son liked it. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy new way to prepare sausage in a slow cooker. It might also make an interesting buffet addition. Elaine Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2003
We enjoyed a lot this recipe. I used brine sauerkraut which is less acid than the vinegar one and I replaced part of it with a can of chicken broth. It is quick easy and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2003
This was so bad that we threw it out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2010
We like sauerkraut at our house and the minor details we changed on this recipe made it taste great. I didn't have quite enough pork so I made the meatballs with sausage and pork combined which added an amazing flavor. I'd make it with sausage added every time now. And make sure you rinse the sauerkraut and replace the liquid with water or chicken broth. Then it turns out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
I added smoked sausage and pearl onions studded with cloves between the layers of sauerkraut in the slow cooker. It went very quickly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2011
Our family loved this! We did nothing different from the recipe. FYI... be ready to take it off after cooking for 1 hr. You probably won't need that extra 30 minutes otherwise your pork will be tough. Keep in mind that ground pork is VERY LEAN. Therefore it cooks up firm. If you want fattier meatballs that are softer when finished you can mix in some beef which would be yummy too. Or you could use pork sausage which has lots of fat to make it chewier. We loved ours with the plain ground pork. Read More
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