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Heard of sauerkraut balls? Unless you're from Ohio, probably not.
Born in the Cleveland area -- it's said they were invented in Akron, Ohio -- they're a beloved dish in the Buckeye State.
Sauerkraut, cooked ground pork, diced onions, bread crumbs, cream cheese and an egg are rolled into balls that about the size of meatballs. They are then fried and served as a snack or first course, even bar or picnic food.
McGarvey's in Vermilion, Ohio, used to be the place to order sauerkraut balls. Sadly, it closed in 1989, capping off several decades of preparing sauerkraut balls. An Examiner.com reporter, however, was able to wrestle the recipe out of Shelley Solomon Prueter, the daughter of McGarvey's owner Eddie Solomon.
Whip some up in your kitchen -- you might be surprised at how well these simple-to-make snacks are received.