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.
Crumble up the sausage meat and brown in a medium skillet over med-high heat,stirring to break up the meat.
Drain and place in a large bowl.
Stir in softened cream cheese, kraut, onions, mustard, bacon, and brown sugar until all is well-mixed.
Cover and chill in freezer 10-15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place crushed cheese crackers in a flat shallow dish.
Roll the sausage ixture into abaout 2" balls, then roll in cracker crumbs to coat well.
Line 2 medium or one large baking sheet with foil, then spray with cooking spray.
Place 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.
Remove from oven and let cool on sheets for 3-4 minutes, then remove to serving plate. Serve warm.
Optional for dipping: Mix 3 oz softend cream cheese with 1/4 C coarse ground mustard and 2 T honey.