Grandma's Sauerkraut Balls

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This is a family recipe that's been made for family gatherings since I was a kid. They're delicious, and usually go in the first five minutes of a party, causing dinner to be delayed because everyone is full. The great thing is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen, then reheated as needed.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
50 balls


  • 3 (16 ounce) packages bulk pork sausage

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans sauerkraut - drained, rinsed, and finely chopped

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons mustard

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and sausage and onion in the hot skillet until sausage is browned and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add sauerkraut, cream cheese, parsley, mustard, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour.

  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Whisk milk and eggs together in a separate dish. Place bread crumbs in a third dish.

  4. Remove sauerkraut and sausage mixture from the refrigerator and roll into 3/4 inch balls. Roll balls in flour, then in milk-egg mixture, then in bread crumbs.

  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Deep fry in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
10g Fat
4g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 50
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 385mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 117mg 2%

* 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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