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Bavarian Cheese Ball Recipe

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No one will guess this cheese spread features a whole can of sauerkraut! Shredded cheese and chopped dried beef provide a little texture.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 28 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped dried beef
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 14 saltines, broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • Additional parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without assorted crackers) equals 73 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place sauerkraut in a food processor; cover and process until creamy. Add the cheese, dried beef, sour cream , mayonnaise, saltines, parsley and onion; cover and process until blended.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Shape into a ball; roll in additional parsley. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Bavarian Cheese Ball in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p40

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without assorted crackers) equals 73 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

I was looking for something different so I gave this recipe a try. Given sauerkraut as an ingredient, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but was pleasantly surprised! It was a definite hit! It is delicious! I will say that it makes more than your average size cheese ball and had enough for two. This is a great recipe for any party!

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

This is so amazingly good. I have made it several times and it has become a favorite at holiday family gatherings. I have taken it to church potlucks and end up giving this recipe out several times every time I do that I now will take a few copies with me. Imagine the surprised looks I get when they see there is sauerkraut as one of the ingredients.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

I have made this cheese ball several times, and have shared this recipe with several people. They cannot believe there is saurkraut in it. On a side note, do not use dried parsely. It doesn't turn out good.

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