Tag: Chili Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Try Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce the next time you want to grill. This is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for weeknight meals.

Homemade Chili Sauce

Homemade Chili Sauce

I use this recipe for Homemade Chili Sauce when I don’t have any of this condiment in my pantry. It’s very easy to make and most people will have these ingredients on hand. Do-It-Yourself Food Projects can give a person such a sense of accomplishment. 

German Style Meatballs

German Style Meatballs

We make these meatballs for our annual Oktoberfest at church. Flavorful meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce, loaded with sauerkraut and cranberries. Click to Tweet

(This post modified with new pictures on 11/3/21)

Many people celebrate Oktoberfest in the fall. Here is a family favorite we make for our annual dinner at church. Flavorful meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce, loaded with sauerkraut and cranberries. Members of our church like these German Style Meatballs so much, they’ve come to expect it each year.

This recipe is so easy to prepare, as well. You just need to make sure you have the necessary ingredients, as some of them may not be a regular item stocked in your pantry. These items (for me anyway) are: Onion Soup Mix, Sauerkraut, Chili Sauce, and Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce. It seems like a lot, but really, these meatballs are delicious!

Another item worth noting is that this recipe works really well if you happen to have a lot of ground venison in your freezer. We eat a lot of deer meat, so I’m always looking for ways to use it. This recipe is a perfect fit for it.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make German Style Meatballs

  • lean ground beef (80/20 or ground venison)
  • onion soup mix
  • plain bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
  • Chili Sauce (See my Homemade Version Here.)
  • water
  • brown sugar
  • sauerkraut
  • whole berry cranberry sauce

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To begin, gather all your ingredients so that you have them in easy access at your workspace.

 

Make the Meatballs

Ingredients to Make the Meatballs

Using a large stainless mixing bowl, mix together the ground burger, onion soup mix, and bread crumbs, making sure to combine everything thoroughly.

You’ll want to use a lean ground beef for this recipe. Ground venison also works really well. 

I like to use my hands to make the meatballs. You can also use crushed saltine crackers if you don’t have any plain bread crumbs.

Shape Meatballs into Large Balls

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, shape the mixture into small meatballs. Place in an oblong baking pan sprayed with baking spray. This should make enough meatballs to fill the pan.

 

Prepare the Sauce

Mix Together Brown Sugar, Chili Sauce, Cranberry Sauce for the Sauce

In a separate bowl, mix together the chili sauce, water, brown sugar, sauerkraut, and whole cranberry sauce.

Chili Sauce is one of those items I may not always have in my pantry, so here is an easy Homemade Version if you need it. 

Pour the Sauce over the Uncooked Meatballs

Pour the sauce over the meatballs.

Baked German Meatballs

Bake the meatballs, uncovered for 2 hours. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then turn the meatballs in the sauce. If you’re planning to take this to a potluck dinner, you may also opt to place the meatballs in a slow cooker to keep warm on low. This recipe will easily serve 8-10 people.

Recipe for German Spaetzle with Cabbage

I like to serve these meatballs with Bierocks and/or German Spaetzle with Cabbage. Guten Appetit!

Wine Recommendations – Serve with a Dry Riesling such as Chateau Michelle Riesling or a favorite Gewurztraminer.

See more German Recipes Here.

Recipe for German Style Meatballs

German Style Meatballs

Many people celebrate Oktoberfest with German food. Here is a family favorite we make for our annual German Dinner at church. Great with Bierocks and/or Spaetzel.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce, Ground Beef, Ground Venison, Meatballs, Sauerkraut, Sweet and Sour
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Stainless Bowls
Wooden Spoon
Cookie Scoop
Oblong Cake Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef 80/20 (or ground venison works well, too)
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 cup bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
  • 12 oz Heinz Chili Sauce See Homemade Recipe Here.
  • 6 oz water fill half of empty Heinz bottle
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 16 oz sauerkraut drained
  • 14 oz whole berry cranberry sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Meatballs

  • In a large stainless mixing bowl, mix together the ground burger, onion soup mix, and bread crumbs. You can also use crushed saltine crackers.
  • Using a cookie scoop, shape into small meatballs. Place in an oblong baking pan sprayed with baking spray.

Make the Sauce

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the chili sauce, water, brown sugar, drained sauerkraut, and whole cranberry sauce. Pour mixture over the meatballs.
  • Bake uncovered for 2 hours in preheated oven. Let set for 15 minutes and then turn the meatballs.
  • If you're planning to take this to a potluck dinner, you may also opt to place the meatballs in a slow cooker to keep warm on low. Serves 8-10

Notes

*Wine Recommendations - Serve with a Dry Riesling such as Chateau Michelle Riesling or a favorite Gewurztraminer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1139mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg
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