Cranberry Kraut Meatballs Recipe
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Cranberry Kraut Meatballs Recipe

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The combination of cranberries and sauerkraut give these meatballs a different flavor. I'm always asked for the recipe whenever I bring this dish to a potluck.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Hot mashed potatoes

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 727 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 125 mg cholesterol, 1888 mg sodium, 87 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 41 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the soup mix and bread crumbs; crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 meatballs. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, water, chili sauce and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with mashed potatoes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Kraut Meatballs in Country Extra January 2003, p51

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Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Not classed with with my high standard gourmet recipes but excellent for weekday meals. Would recommend to others."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"Over 1800 grams of SODIUM? You must be kidding. You want to kill us?"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"For easier preparation, I use frozen meatballs and just mix everything together in a crockpot for 5 to 7 hours on low heat. After dinner, I separate leftovers into gladware containers and freeze until I need a quick meal; I think they even taste better reheated. Also tastes great over rice!"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"A friend made these, since I'm not a sauerkraut fan I wouldn't have tried them. They were delicious though I wish the calorie count were lower"

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