Slow cooked sweet and sour meatballs with a twist. These meatballs sound strange, but become addicting. They give new meaning to sweet & sour! Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix sauerkraut, jellied cranberry sauce, brown sugar and spaghetti sauce.

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  • Place meatballs in a slow cooker set to low. Cover with the sauerkraut mixture. Cook 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts

357 calories; protein 19.8g 40% DV; carbohydrates 34.9g 11% DV; fat 15.2g 23% DV; cholesterol 94.6mg 32% DV; sodium 476.6mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2005
Wow- okay I'm the child of a chef have been to the very finest restaurants and am very cautious about making a new recipe for guests without giving it a test drive with the family BUT... this was the hit of my party. Don't be afraid to try it especially with all the ingredients that don't seem like they would be appealing together. ENJOY! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2005
I think I may be the only 3 star rating thus far but I'm sorry I wasn't that impressed with these meatballs. The sauce is a very very mild "sweet and sour" but you really have to "taste" for the sour. As other reviewers noted it is very sweet. So to the reviewer with the picky eater husband who complained they were too sweet he was right on. I really wanted something with more kick. I should have tried one of the recipes with the chili sauce. I brought this to a potluck last night and brought home more than half the meatballs so that should explain itself. I'll keep looking for a better recipe. Read More
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168 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2005
Wow- okay I'm the child of a chef have been to the very finest restaurants and am very cautious about making a new recipe for guests without giving it a test drive with the family BUT... this was the hit of my party. Don't be afraid to try it especially with all the ingredients that don't seem like they would be appealing together. ENJOY! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2010
I got this recipe from my mom 40 years ago - served over rice it tastes just like stuffed cabbage! You can substitute a jar of grape jelly for the cranberry sauce use whole-berry cranberry sauce etc. My only real change is to use a pinch to 2 tbsp. brown sugar if any - 1/2 cup is way too much because of all the sugar in the cranberry sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2003
I was not to sure about trying this recipe since I hate sauerkraut but I thought I would give it a try. We LOVED it. I took it to a potluck and I brought none home (too bad). We will be using this recipe a lot and it is worth trying. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2005
I think I may be the only 3 star rating thus far but I'm sorry I wasn't that impressed with these meatballs. The sauce is a very very mild "sweet and sour" but you really have to "taste" for the sour. As other reviewers noted it is very sweet. So to the reviewer with the picky eater husband who complained they were too sweet he was right on. I really wanted something with more kick. I should have tried one of the recipes with the chili sauce. I brought this to a potluck last night and brought home more than half the meatballs so that should explain itself. I'll keep looking for a better recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2007
I made this for a party and got rave reviews plus a empty crock pot. Everyone loved them. At first I was unsure how they would be with the ingredients but they were great!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2006
I really loved this recipie. And I hate saurkraut!!I added 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of honey to this. It was soooo good my 5&7 year olds loved it too. Served it over steamed white Jasmine rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2005
I tried these out on my picky family and I must say the pickiest of them all now calls this her favorite dish! She gets so excited when I tell her we are having this for dinner! I serve it on top of white rice with spring rolls and sauteed stir fry veggies on the side! A total hit and totally easy for this working and VERY busy Mom! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2005
Easy and excellent! Everyone loved these at my holiday party--my 10 year old daughter to friends who are great cooks. I think I used too much tomato sauce but it was still good. I bought frozen meatballs let them defrost a little bit and then browned on medium heat first for ten minutes while I made the sauce. I was running short on time so I put the slow cooker on high for about 90 minutes and as soon as the sauce had a fairly smooth consistency and the meatballs were cooked all the way I turned it to low for the rest of the night. For vegetarians they do make seitan "meat"balls (which I made a seperate batch of on the stove) but I think you would be better off with "meatless" sausage links with this sauce if you have to go vegetarian. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2003
This was such a bizarre combo of ingredients that I figured it HAD to be good - and it sure was!! The flavor of the sauce is sort of like pickled red cabbage. I used homemade turkey meatballs. This was really delicious. My husband did not like it though (hence the 4 stars instead of 5) he thought it was too sweet (but he's a very picky eater!). Read More
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