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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 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.


  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

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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!"

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."

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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