Cranberry- Sauerkraut Meatballs

Pallet and Pantry
by Pallet and Pantry
28 meatball
4 hr 45 min

Let me start by saying I am NOT a fan of sauerkraut. Never have been. But then one day a friend brought these meatballs to a family gathering. I of course had no idea there was sauerkraut in them or I would never have eaten them. Of course, once I did know, it was too late. I'd already eaten five of them, and I couldn't deny they were absolutely delicious! Now they are one of my go-to appetizers! I like to make my own meatballs, but if your don't have time, a bag of frozen will do just fine! Then just a few more ingredients, a slow cooker and VIOLA you have the perfect appetizer for family and friends!

And trust me, if your not a fan of sauerkraut, you'll never know it's in these tangy-moist meatballs!

Cranberry- Sauerkraut Meatballs
Recipe details
  • 28  meatball
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 270 Minutes Total time: 4 hr 45 min
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  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 14 oz can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 12 oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1 14 oz can sauerkraut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Combine ground beef and pork in a large mixing bowl.
Beat eggs and add to the meat mixture.
Add in breadcrumbs and seasonings. Mix until all is combined.
Form meat mixture into 1 inch balls. Place each on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes.
Remove meatballs from the oven and add to a 4-quart slow cooker.
Combine cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, brown sugar, and chili sauce in a medium bowl.
Pour over the meatballs. Turn slow cooker on low and set for 2 hours.
Serve immediately.
  • *** You can substitute homemade meatballs for a bag of frozen.
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  • Carol Whitlock Carol Whitlock on Mar 08, 2021

    How important is the pork? My lovely but exasperating DIL has pork on her long list of banished ingredients. Would chicken, lamb, or turkey hold up as a substitute? Don't suggest veal as it's also on her list.

    • Pallet and Pantry Pallet and Pantry on Mar 08, 2021

      I’ve never tried anything but pork in this recipe, Carol but if you try a substitute I’d love to hear how it turns out!!🥰

  • Cge50819107 Cge50819107 on Jun 03, 2021

    what could I replace the Chili sauce? That’s too much sugar for me. I will already be using a sugar substitute for the brown sugar to keep this low carb.