Citizens, a delicacy found almost exclusively in Akron, Ohio and the surrounding area is the little fried sauerkraut ball. These ping-pong-sized sauerkraut ball are a specialty of the Rubber City. They are a small sphere of sauerkraut combined with ground-up meat that is then breaded and deep fried. These are a wonderfully tangy, tart, and savory hors d’oeuvre.
Going back to at least the early ’60’s, crispy fried sauerkraut balls have been a favorite appetizer at Akron bars and restaurants. Basically, sauerkraut balls are to Akron like Buffalo wings are to Buffalo and Philly sandwiches are to Philly.
No one really knows how this food came to be found in Akron and Northeast Ohio, but this area seems to be the only place where they’re made. You go outside this area and not many people know what a sauerkraut ball is.
People commonly eat them as bar food with no condiment or with shrimp cocktail sauce, but many people also prefer mustard. Deep frying makes them crispy, but they can also be baked on a cookie sheet.
My version is quite traditional, ! ☺
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