German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut

German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut

Ground beef and stone ground German mustard combine to make these wonderfully flavorful German meatballs. Serve them over mashed potatoes and sauerkraut for fantastic old world flavor. German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut. 
German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut
I love German flavors. I always have. Must be my German heritage and something deep within that speaks to me. There is something about the bite and tang of the ingredients that set my taste buds to dancing.

Traveling to Germany is on the top of my bucket list of places I want to visit. I’m not sure when I’ll get the opportunity to go, so until that time I’ll just dream about what it will be like. In the meantime, I’ll continue to study my German language CD’s, and watch my Rick Steves video tours on public television (yes, I’m a subscriber, thank you for asking)….and bide my time as patiently as possible…in the kitchen… whipping up German dishes 🙂
German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut
This recipe was born one night as I set out to make something called Sauerkraut and Meatball Soup  (found on page 35) from the cookbook: The German Kitchen by Christopher and Catherine Knuth.
I’m not quite sure how it went from being a soup to being served over mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, but these things happen.
One day I’ll get back to that recipe for Sauerkraut and Meatball Soup, but until that time I hope you’ll enjoy this one for German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut. If you love German flavors, I know you’ll love this as much as we did!
German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut Recipe
Serves:   4-6          Prep Time:   20 minutes      Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1 tablespoons stone ground German mustard, plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup beef stock
hot mashed potatoes
canned sauerkraut, heated
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
-In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, caraway seeds, 1 tablespoon German mustard, breadcrumbs and paprika. Form the meat mixture into meatballs about the size of golf balls.
-In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs in the oil on all sides.
-In a small bowl, whisk together the beef stock and 1 teaspoon German mustard. Pour in the skillet with the meatballs and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
-Serve the meatballs over the hot mashed potatoes topped with sauerkraut and spoon on the pan sauce if desired.
-Top with chopped fresh parsley and serve.
German Meatballs Over Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut Recipe
Looking for more German-inspired dishes? Great! Why not check out these other recipes I’ve made and posted in the past. But don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I’d be hard-pressed to do it!
*Note – click on the recipe name to be taken to the recipe.
Gosh, now I’m starving! LOL Thanks for stopping by for dinner. You’re always welcome in my Kudos Kitchen! Time to pour a little wine and sit down to eat! Cheers to good German food and some really cute painted wine glasses 🙂
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  1. Those meatballs look soooo good! I think I'll have to take some ground beef out of the freezer – I actually have the sauerkraut! Pinned, Stumbled, and G+'ed! That's how good I think they are! <3

  2. I truly hope you make it to Germany. I took 3 yrs of German, but it's gone. It would be interesting if language records could revive any of it. I've always wondered if you got hypnotized, could they bring back knowledge that you lost? Has it melted way or just stored on a mental data base you can't access anymore? Oh well I tell you I LOVE this dish—-I love meatballs, but the potato and sauerkraut part—-over the top with a very simple idea.

    • Carol, you're always to kind and thoughtful with your comments here. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Now you've got me thinking about being hypnotized because I think that would be a wonderful way to LEARN German, not just bring back what was once there. LOL. Anyway, glad you like the recipe. It's one of our favorites. So much so that sometimes I'll eat the meatballs cold for breakfast. Yup. True story 😉

  3. These meatballs over mashed potatoes are a complete comfort food. I am now craving this dish for breakfast, Renee. Saurekraut, now that is something I was always curious to make,

  4. My husband will love this

  5. Okay wowzers, meatballs and mashed potatoes. YES, please.

  6. I could easily inhale that deliciousness in seconds!! The meatballs, especially!

  7. German flavors remind me of comfort food, and these meatballs (with sauerkraut and mustard – yum!) sound so good to me.

  8. I am Slovak and we eat a sauerkraut & muskroom soup over mashed potatoes on Christmas Eve. It was my grandmothers recipe. I will have to try the meatballs. This sounds great.

  9. I love German food but I've never heard of German meatballs before -they look great. This recipe reminds me of being a kid – the only way I'd eat sauerkraut back then was mixed into mashed potatoes.

  10. Totally love this! I love meatballs….of any ethnicity! Perfection on a plate. 🙂

  11. I do love German flavors (I'm sure it's the German blood in me, too). This sounds like something I'd love…and yeah, I totally want to travel to Germany one day, as well. 🙂

  12. You're not actually German German?! But… your name! It's so insanely German. 😉

    Here's a friendly tip: never come to Germany in the winter! Not because it's cold, but because it's grey and miserable. You're welcome. 😀

  13. I like all those German flavors, too, Renee! Must be my Scholar ancestors 🙂

  14. I love German flavors too. Just last month I made schnitzel. So much fun! These meatballs look so darn good!

  15. I also love German flavors. I think it must somehow be ingrained with the bit of German in my heritage. This dish looks incredible.

  16. Gah! I love this! The fact that there is also sauerkraut in this makes me swoon. Love that stuff!

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