Sauerkraut Meatball Appetizers

"My friend Mary, a diehard Packer fan, shared this recipe. It's perfect for tailgate parties, potlucks, or family gatherings. You won't recognize the saurkraut at all. It has a wonderful sweet/sour chunky sauce with just a little kick to it. There are never any leftovers."
photo by pamela t. photo by pamela t.
photo by pamela t.
photo by pamela t. photo by pamela t.
Ready In:
1hr 20mins


  • 1 12 lbs ground round
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 ounce French onion soup mix, package
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sauerkraut
  • 1 (14 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce (ketchup based, like Heinz, not the Asian chile sauce)
  • 1 12 cups water (or use the chili sauce bottle to get all the bits left over)


  • Mix first four ingredients and shape into 1 inch meatballs.
  • Place meatballs in a 9 X 13 baking pan.
  • Pour remaining ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Pour sauce over meatballs and bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
  • Test one meatball (I know this is hard- LOL) to make sure it's done.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can you use frozen meatballs


  1. Honestly, this wasn't my favorite, but my guests just raved about it and my kids love it. It made the house smell fantastic in preparation for my holiday party. I did put it in the crock pot rather than doing it in the oven and they turned out wonderful.
  2. This is crazy-good! Packers fans everywhere will tailgate with this recipe. I have been wanting to try this recipe for some time, and was attracted to it because my hubby is from Green Bay and loves the Pack. These were fantastic meatballs. One thing I might try next time, is to use Pace Picante (medium) instead of the Heinz Chili Sauce. We like just a little more fire in west Texas! There was nary a meatball left in the dish at our house. Thanks, PanNan, for a fantastic appy recipe! I'll make this during football season --OFTEN!
  3. I wish I could give you more than 5 stars for this one! I absolutely loved it! The sweet and sour taste this recipe has is so pleasant. It was a big hit at my party. I must say thought that my German DH was a bit skeptical about this because of the interesting use of sauerkraut, but this recipe definitely made a believer out of him that sauerkraut has other uses :). Thank you for this recipe!
  4. Have to give this a 5 star rating even tho we didn't particularly care for them, simply because so many people wanted the recipe. They were fast and easy to make and evidently were a big hit with others.
  5. Couldn't believe how easy this was. I'm not a big meatball fan, but we loved the taste and ate it with garlic bread. Will be making this again. Thanks!



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