Sauerkraut Balls


These fried sauerkraut balls are deliciously tangy.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham

  • 1 cup finely chopped corned beef

  • ½ clove garlic, crushed

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups sauerkraut, drained and minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups fine dry bread crumbs

  • 1 quart oil for frying


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Stir in ham, corned beef, and garlic. Cook mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in 6 tablespoons flour and cook mixture over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in sauerkraut, parsley, and broth; cook for 3 minutes or until thickened and paste-like. Spread mixture on a platter and chill for at least 3 hours.

  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a bowl, whisk together egg, milk, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Shape sauerkraut mixture by leveling teaspoons into balls, dip them into egg mixture, and roll them in bread crumbs.

  4. Fry balls in batches for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 146mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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