Beef and Sauerkraut Dinner

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.


6-8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Meet the Cook: I've been making this one-dish meal for more than 30 years. The original recipe called for a single can of sauerkraut - but that wasn't enough for us! My husband (we have a grown son) us pastor to two small-town congregations. Among other occasions, I enjoy preparing this for church potlucks. -Marilyn Dietz, White, South Dakota


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups soft rye bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) sliced potatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) sauerkraut, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup each mayonnaise and horseradish, optional


  1. In a bowl, combine beef, egg, crumbs, milk, onion, vinegar, caraway and salt; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Add the potatoes and sauerkraut and mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley.
  3. If sauce is desired, combine mayonnaise and horseradish; serve on the side.