Sauerkraut Balls

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While sauerkraut is usually a NYE treat, these sauerkraut BALLS make for the perfect appetizer any time of the year!

Fried until golden brown, these sauerkraut balls are bursting with flavor.

Using spicy Italian sausage is the secret to enhancing the already tangy taste of sauerkraut.

Paired with a plain Greek yogurt sauce for dipping, you’ll be left craving these tasty dippable balls year round.

While it is considered good luck to eat sauerkraut and pork at the start of the New Year, I’d like to think that luck can be spread out year round with these sauerkraut balls; especially on St. Patrick’s day!

Even the staunchest sauerkraut haters (aka me, before I made this recipe) will be turned on to this delicious appetizer.

I even froze my leftover sauerkraut balls and served them upon request months later – an they were still just as amazing as they were at their conception.

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Sauerkraut Balls

The Starving Chef
Sauerkraut balls aren't just for the holidays!
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Batch Cooking 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Finger Food, Holidays, NYE
Servings 24 bites


  • 8 oz hot Italian sausage ground
  • ¼ cup onion finely minced
  • 14.5 oz sauerkraut drained
  • 2 tablespoons parsley + more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the sausage, sauerkraut, onion, parsley, mustard, and two tablespoons bread crumbs. Mix well then cover and chill for one hour.
  • Prepare three separate bowls for dredging. In one bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In a separate bowl, add the flour and in the third bowl, add the bread crumbs.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a shallow pot over medium high heat OR preheat heat a deep fryer to 350 F.
  • Use a tablespoon or measuring spoon to measure out 1-2 tablespoons of the sauerkraut and sausage mixture. Roll the mixture into tight balls about 1 inch round.
  • Begin dredging the sauerkraut balls by first rolling each ball first in the flour, then in the egg (let the excess drip off), then into the bread crumbs. Repeat until the sauerkraut balls have a thick breading.
  • Working in batches, fry the sauerkraut balls 3-5 at a time. Do not overcrowd. Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway for even browning. Continue to cook until the sausage is cooked through and the internal temperature of each ball is 160 F. Cooking times may vary.
  • Serve the sauerkraut balls hot with a side of plain Greek yogurt. Sprinkle on parsley for a pop of color, as desired. Enjoy!
  • Freeze any remaining sauerkraut balls in an airtight baggie for up to 6 months – to reheat, thaw and cook at 350 F for 15-20 minutes.
Keyword deep fried, sauerkraut, sausage
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