Rating: 4.47 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Our traditional holiday meal is sauerbraten and gravy, butter-sauteed homemade egg noodles, potato balls, sweet and sour red cabbage, and freshly cooked apples. A lot of work, but worth it once a year! This is a quick recipe to enjoy the sauerbraten flavor without waiting 5 days for a beef roast to marinate. And you'll have plenty of gravy to spoon over your buttered egg noodles and potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Meatballs:
Gravy:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top. Spray the rack with cooking spray.

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  • Combine ground beef, onion, gingersnap crumbs, water, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Shape into 24 meatballs using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking rack.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 18 to 20 minutes.

  • While the meatballs are baking, whisk beef broth, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons gingersnap crumbs, vinegar, and sugar together in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until gravy thickens, 5 to 10 minutes. Add more gingersnap crumbs for a thicker gravy, or some water for a thinner consistency.

  • Stir cooked meatballs and raisins into the gravy. Cover and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

An easy way to make gingersnap crumbs is to break gingersnap cookies into a food processor, and let the cookies blend to a fine texture.

Meatballs can be made in advance and frozen in a zip-top bag. Then all you need to do for a weeknight meal is make the gravy and boil some noodles. I usually double the meatballs so I always have some on hand in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; protein 26.2g; carbohydrates 32.2g; fat 19.6g; cholesterol 77.5mg; sodium 850.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2020
The flavor was fantastic. Will make for family get together. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2020
We love Sauerbraten..but it takes 5 days to make...gave this a try, read the other reviews.....my changes...I did add more gingersnaps...but it needed even more.....since the real thing is made with red wine...I did wine instead of water in the meat balls...and 1 egg (I just couldn't imagine how it would hold together w/o the egg) Cheated and used jarred brown gravy...added the snaps, some chicken stock and a small amount of vinegar (so many comments that the vinegar was too much) The meatballs were tender and delish.....I would do this again...hubby loved it.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2020
I loved it, especially as a quick way to have sauerbraten vs. spending a lot of time cooking a traditional roast and making home made potato dumplings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2020
Loved it and the meatballs were so tender. I served it over Spaetzle. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2020
It was really good, and a wonderful change in our menu. I would use a few more ginger snaps to kick it up! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2020
The meatballs where moist and delicious,the gravy a bit too much of the apple cider vinegar taste, served it over rice and didn’t add the raisins , but I will make it again I think it’s an acquired taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2020
Pretty easy to make, took a little more time than was presumed by the recipe. We enjoyed it and were surprised that the ingredients supplied such wonderful flavors. We will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2020
I was skeptical about this recipe, but I must admit it was very good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2020
meatballs were good, gravy had too much vinegar Read More