I love sauerkraut and love to try new things with it....these fritters are baked and go well with bbq, grilled meat, and roasted turkey or chicken. They are fun to have at get-togethers and you can make them ahead and just warm up crispy again in the oven.
1Crumble up the sausage meat and brown in a medium skillet over med-high heat,stirring to break up the meat.
2Drain and place in a large bowl.
3Stir in softened cream cheese, kraut, onions, mustard, bacon, and brown sugar until all is well-mixed.
4Cover and chill in freezer 10-15 minutes.
5Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6Place crushed cheese crackers in a flat shallow dish.
7Roll the sausage ixture into abaout 2" balls, then roll in cracker crumbs to coat well.
8Line 2 medium or one large baking sheet with foil, then spray with cooking spray.
9Place the coated kraut fritter balls on baking sheets, and bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown, turning once during the baking time. When you turn the fritters you may press down to slightly flatten for a flatter fritter.
10Remove from oven and let cool on sheets for 3-4 minutes, then remove to serving plate. Serve warm.
11Optional for dipping: Mix 3 oz softend cream cheese with 1/4 C coarse ground mustard and 2 T honey.