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Beef and Sauerkraut Dinner

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 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


  • In a bowl, combine beef, egg, crumbs, milk, onion, vinegar, caraway and salt; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 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.
  • If sauce is desired, combine mayonnaise and horseradish; serve on the side.

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  • linsvin
    Jan 26, 2012

    We love sauerkraut and the marriage with meatballs made it amazing! Hearty home cooking at its best. Try the dipping sauce with the meatballs!

  • sylvia_moss
    Dec 20, 2010

    I personally liked this recipe but I could not get my husband or kids to eat it. You have to really like sauerkraut if you are going to make it.

  • sadiesmom11
    Jan 28, 2007

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