Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sauerkraut Balls!

Ohio is well known for their Sauerkraut Balls and now so am I because my guests loved this! This tastes like a cheese dog with sauerkraut! I served this with yellow mustard for dipping. This was a unique and very flavorful appetizer/snack! Perfect for any get-together! These can very easily be made a day ahead and then baked when needed!
Sauerkraut Balls

1 lb. smoked kielbasa - minced
1 large onion - minced
1 Tbls. corn oil
1-16 oz. can sauerkraut - well drained and finely chopped
1-8 oz. cream cheese - softened
2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
1 large egg - lightly beaten
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cook onion in a skillet with 1 tbls. oil, over medium high heat, until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

 Then mix the cooked onions,chopped sauerkraut, cream cheese, cayenne pepper and minced kielbasa together.

 Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours.

 Mix egg in another small bowl.

 Place seasoned bread crumbs in a medium bowl.

 Roll the chilled sausage mixture into 1 inch balls.

 Dredge sausage balls, one at a time, in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs.

 Bake sausage balls in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown (approximately 15 minutes)

 This recipe makes about 44 balls. Serve with yellow mustard for dipping.



  1. Pure Genius. My hubs is sure to love these.

    1. Thank you Laura! These are always gone quickly at parties!

  2. Kraut balls are wonderful....they had them in Indiana too...but we were right on the Ohio border...thanks for the recipe :0)

  3. Are the bread crumbs soft or the dried type? I want to try these as my sauerkraut balls are deep fried and the baked sound simpler to make. The meat in my recipe is canned corn beef and they are quite good. Incidentally I am located in SE Ohio.

    1. Hi Nana! I use dry breadcrumbs. My hubby would love your corned beef idea. Please let me know how you liked these, thanks! 😃


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