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German Sauerkraut Potato Balls

German Sauerkraut and Potato Balls
20 balls
30 Min

In every region of Germany, folks love to sit down to homemade potato dumplings and sauerkraut, which is why we came up with this recipe that combines these two traditional German favorites. Our German Sauerkraut Potato Balls are full of comforting German-style flavors!

What You'll Need

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups plain breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain well and place in a large bowl.
  2. Mash potatoes until smooth; let cool 5 minutes. Add sauerkraut, onion, 1 egg, 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, the caraway seeds, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  3. In 3 separate shallow dishes, place remaining eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs.
  4. Form potato mixture into into 20 balls. Roll potato balls in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, coating evenly on all sides.
  5. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Fry potato balls in batches 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter. Serve immediately.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 20

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 338
  • Calories from Fat 256
  • Total Fat 28g 44 %
  • Saturated Fat 4.5g 23 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 3.5g 7 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 28mg 9 %
  • Sodium 381mg 16 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 18g 6 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9 %
  • Sugars 1.5g 0 %

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Hummmm They sound good but I wonder if they would fall really flat like potato pancakes if you do them in the oven.???!!!! If they fall flat and do bake well, you can have one huge pancake and just enjoy it. Lol

The giant pancake sounds like fun! :) Luckily, they shouldn't fall if you bake them in the oven.

This w/b by 3rd attempt to ask a ? on one of your dishes. Can the potato balls be placed in the oven to bake rather than frying them in oil?

Hi there! You can bake them at 400 for 30-40 minutes, or until golden. Enjoy!


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