Bavarian Style Meatballs Recipe -
Bavarian Style Meatballs Recipe
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Bavarian Style Meatballs

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"These are very good, and very easy; the meatballs are made in cooked in a slow cooker. I sometimes like to add a can of chunk pineapple when I make them, and then I substitute pineapple juice for the water."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 5 mins


  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine chili sauce, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, water, and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour sauce and meatballs in a slow cooker, stir.
  2. Cook, covered, at a medium temperature for 4 hours. Stir occasionally to coat meatballs.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 11, 2004

I have been making this recipe for years and someone ALWAYS asks me for it when I take them somewhere, during the holidays I keep the ingredients on hand in case a sudden party comes up. One thing I do is cook the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the slow cooker, the are a lot less spongy and watery that way.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 27, 2003

We did not like this recipe-we doubled the amount of meatballs called for and still had too much of the mixture. On top of that, we did not enjoy the flavor at all and it sort of smelled weird while cooking-will never make this again.

Dec 02, 2006

Perfect as an appetizer for holiday parties. Most people are surprised by the delicious combination of cranberry sauce and sauerkraut. Definitely use WHOLE BERRY cranberry sauce. I usually reduce sugar to 1/2 cup, and use only 14 oz. of drained sauerkraut. Works equally well with beef, turkey or pork meatballs. Can be made ahead and frozen.

Dec 31, 2003

This is a great recipe!!!! I made these for a company pot luck and everyone raved about them! They have a tangy flavor that is kind of like a sweet/sour taste. Every time I make these, people always ask for the recipe. They take about 3 or 4 minutes to throw together! Try these!

Nov 10, 2006

Loved it. Cut the sugar in half and found it sweet enough. Doubled the meat balls. Cooked on high for 1 hour and then 3 hours on low. Will do again for sure.

Oct 22, 2006

Great recipe! We had friends bring it to an Oktoberfest party and served it as an appetizer. I made it tonight and served it over rice, as the main dish. My kids loved it and asked for seconds. Definitely will make again!

May 08, 2004

delicious!! served as the main course of dinner over white rice, with salad and breadsticks. The kids ate every bite and so did the grownups!! I used 1 chopped onion instead of sauerkraut. I also used about 1/2-3/4c. brown sugar, it was sweet enough as it was!! Will certaainly make again!!

Dec 09, 2006

A little too sweet for my taste but all the party goers LOVED them. I used 1/2 the sugar as some others suggested.


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  • Calories
  • 494 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 76.7 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 17.1 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 6 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 11.5 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 1954 mg
  • 78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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