Applewood Smoked Ham & Sauerkraut Balls

Applewood Smoked Ham & Sauerkraut Balls

Crispy bites filled with sweetly smoky ham and pleasantly tangy sauerkraut, served with a Dijon mustard dipping sauce.

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6 people

From this Recipe


  • Ham Ball Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, minced
  • 1 Medium Onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 Cup Nueske's Applewood Smoked (Boneless) Ham, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Cups Sauerkraut, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs, finely textured
  • 2 Large Eggs, frothed with fork
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, minced
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
  • Ham Ball Breading Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • Peanut Oil, for frying
  • Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp Dijon Mustard


  1. Sauté garlic and onion in pan about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and mix with other ham ball ingredients (but not Ham Ball Breading Ingredients). Use hands to form into 1 1/2”–2” balls.
  2. To bread the ham balls, put flour, egg, and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Roll each ball in flour, then in egg, and finally in bread crumbs.
  3. Heat 2” of oil to 375°F. Fry until crisp and golden brown (about 3 minutes), turning them as necessary. Place fried ham balls on a double thickness of paper towels, on a cookie sheet, in oven preheated to 200°F, to keep warm before serving.
  4. For dipping sauce, combine mayonnaise and mustard and serve with hot ham ball.
  5. Ham Balls may be fried in advance, cooled and refrigerated. To reheat, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet; bake in a preheated oven at 350°F until crisp (about 20 minutes).


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