Freezer Meatballs


This is one of our favorite “freezer” recipes (although not from the Kerr book)…it saves me money, doesn’t take long to make, I know what is in the recipe and it saves time and mess at meal time.  These are not as tough as purchased ones – but don’t overmix, as that will toughen them.  This recipe is not suitable for canning – the oatmeal doesn’t hold them together like a bread panade during the canning process, but they are perfect for freezing and reheating.  The flavor is excellent, and the oatmeal adds a little whole grain.  If I have it, I also chop a little fresh spinach and add it to the mixture. 
I usually make them in my Kitchenaid, but they can be mixed by hand easily. 3# of beef is the maximum size recipe to mix in a 5 qt. Kitchenaid. If you use a larger scoop, like a size 50, you won't get quite as many balls.  I freeze them flat in freezer bags so they thaw quickly, and stack easily in a basket in the freezer.  I use them in any recipe calling for frozen meatballs, like soups, spaghetti and meatballs, in sour cream sauce or gravy or casseroles like Green Bean Burger Bake.
                          Freezer Meatballs  
  2           large  eggs
     ½       cup  Whole Milk
     ¼       cup  ketchup
  2          teaspoons  worcestershire sauce
  5          ounces  Oatmeal -- (1 1/2 cups)
  3          ounces  Onion -- chopped (1/2 cup)
     ½      cup  Minced Parsley -- (2 tbsp dry flakes)
  2          teaspoons  salt
  3          pounds  ground beef
Combine dry ingredients in bowl; combine eggs, ketchup, milk and Worcestershire sauce and add to bowl, mixing well, then add beef and mix lightly.  DO NOT OVERMIX.  (Use a gallon or larger bowl).  Shape into 1 1/8" balls, (I use a size 60 scoop).  Place on half sheet pans (lined with foil).  Bake, uncovered at 400° for 8 minutes, turn, (a soup spoon works well for this), bake 6-8 minutes more.  Bake one sheet at a time unless using a convection oven, for adequate browning.
For 2 servings:  Divide into quart freezer bags, 10 balls each.  Cool and freeze.   
To use:  thaw if possible, heat in pan in sauce, spaghetti sauce or gravy over low heat 10 minutes or until heated through. Entire recipe can be cooked and served immediately or frozen and reheated for company.  Or use in any recipe calling for meatballs; like soups and casseroles.
Cost: Oct, 2009 at $1.79 for ground beef, $6.21 or 35 cents per serving.
Cost today: at $2.89 for ground beef, $ 9.53 or 53 cents per serving

Yield:  "90 Balls" or about 18 servings
Per Serving: 283 Calories; 21g Fat (68.6% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 89mg Cholesterol; 346mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

2 comments:

  1. Great idea for planning ahead for unexpected company or busy busy days. Or, for taking advantage of sales on ground beef!! With this drought the price is going to go up this winter for food I'll bet. Save now with this timely recipe suggestion.

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  2. Frozen pre-cooked meatballs is one of my favorite freezer foods. I like bread crumbs in place of the oatmeal. I freeze the cooked meatballs on a cookie sheet and transfer to a zip lock bag when frozen then just take out what I need for dinner. I have also frozen them uncooked.

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