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German Meatballs Recipe

German Meatballs Recipe

"THIS WAS one of our favorite main dishes. Since we raised our own pork and beef, the meat we used was always freshly ground. For variety, these meatballs can be cooked with a sweet cream gravy or steamed with tomatoes—but we prefer them with homemade sauerkraut."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (27 ounces) sauerkraut, undrained
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water, optional
  • Additional snipped parsley


  • 1. In a bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; shape into 18 meatballs, 2 in. each. Heat the oil in a skillet; brown the meatballs. Remove meatballs and drain fat. Spoon sauerkraut into skillet; top with meatballs. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through, adding water if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 376 calories, 22 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 114 mg cholesterol, 1,636 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.