Grandma's Meatballs with Sauerkraut

Pat Duran


This is another one of my grandma's Hungarian recipes- I love sauerkraut. And many of her recipes have sauerkraut and rice and pork or beef - all similar but still different in taste. Again this has been tweaked for today's cooking. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
This is great served with sourdough or pumpernikel bread.

Photo by ifood.


★★★★★ 1 vote

4-6 servings
20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 large
  • 1/2 c
    raw rice
  • 1 tsp
    salt, pepper, and garlic or to taste
  • SAUCE:

  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil (i used butter)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    hungarian paprika or to taste
  • 32 oz
    jar sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 c
    diced onion
  • 2 tsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c
    chopped raw, cranberries

How to Make Grandma's Meatballs with Sauerkraut


  1. Meatballs:
    Mix together all ingredients and make into small walnut sized balls;pressing tightly together. Drop into boiling salted water.
    Cook in the water for about 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.Reserve water.
  2. Sauce:
    In a small saucepan mix flour and butter and paprika and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stirring constantly.
    Add a few meatballs at a time to this sauce, mixing well after each addition. Add about 1 or 2 cups of the reserved water, Stir well.
  3. Combine sauerkraut, cranberries, onion and sugar.
    Add to meatball mixture.
    Cook over medium heat for about one hour, stirring occasionally.

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About Grandma's Meatballs with Sauerkraut

Course/Dish: Beef Meat Appetizers Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Hungarian

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