Frozen meatballs are one of the most versatile foods to keep in your freezer. They can be used in a ton of meals, are kid friendly, and easy to reheat.
Looking For A Recipe for Homemade Meatballs?
Try my Easy Meatball Recipe for beef or Ground Chicken Meatball Recipe a change. These use instant oatmeal but you can substitute cracker or bread crumbs if you want. They both freeze great.
Frozen Meatballs: Raw or Cooked?
The hardest part of making meatballs is mixing the ingredients and shaping them. Just finishing these two steps will save you a ton of time at dinner. But cooking the meatballs could take 30 minutes or more depending on size.
Cooking meatballs before freezing, however, means that you can simply microwave frozen meatballs for a few minutes, and get dinner on the table fast.
Add a Sauce
Pick your favorite sauce and throw it in the crock pot with raw meatballs to cook all day. Or use cooked meatballs and a lower setting and/or less time in the crock pot. These can be served as an appetizer or a meal with pasta, rice or a hearty bread. Beef gravy is also delicious with meatballs.
Pasta and Meatballs
Reheat meatballs in the microwave or oven, if you have time you can reheat them in the sauce. Cook pasta top with meatballs, sauce and cheese then serve. You can make classic spaghetti and meatballs, a meatball stroganoff, mac n cheese with meatballs or let your imagination run wide.
Thaw and reheat meatballs. Cut a sandwich bun or section of French bread about three quarters through. Add some meatballs, top with tomato sauce and sprinkle on Parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese. I like to put these in the oven under the broiler on high just until the cheese is melted. These also make great frozen sandwiches.
Raw meatballs added to broth and some veggies to simmer away makes an easy dinner or used cooked and thawed meatballs to save time. You can add meatballs to your favorite beef soup or stew recipe instead of ground beef or stewing beef. Why not use meatballs for a fast chili?
Substitute meatballs for ground beef in your favorite beefy casseroles. How about a hearty meatball shepherd’s pie.
Throw cooked meatballs on top of pizza for a super quick topping. Think they are too big? Cut them in half or chop them up first.
Thaw meatballs and put them on metal or soaked bamboo skewers with large chopped seasonal veggies like any shish kabob. Cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, zucchini and peppers are favorites with beef. Baste with bbq or teriyaki sauce if desired. Grill about 5-6 minutes turning once or until the meatballs are heated and the veggies are done but still a bit crisp.
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