Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs

Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs is an easy food item to have to grab out of the freezer on a busy night to satisfy the whole family.

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“What’s for dinner mom?”

Ummm….let me look in the freezer. YES we have meatballs. “We are having spaghetti and meatballs!” This is only possible on a crazy-normal everyday weeknight if I have meatballs in my freezer. It’s such a relief when I look in the freezer and I see more than ice cubes.

Make ahead freezer meatballs are an easy item to grab out of your freezer when you are not sure what to make for dinner. Having two small kids at home it’s nice to be able to pull these meatballs out of the freezer to add to pasta, soup or casserole recipes. Feel free to play around with the seasoning to match your tastes, it’s a flexible recipe!


Forming freezer meatballs

There are a variety of ways to uniformly construct your meatballs. I prefer to use a 2 tablespoon melon baller. Take into account the size of meatball you want, between one to two inches seems to work well for most recipes. Another option is to pat the meat mixture into a 1 inch thick rectangle and cut into cubes or roll the meat into a roll and slice evenly. Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs is an easy food item to have to grab out of the freezer on a busy night to satisfy the whole family.

Hints when making Freezer Meatballs

  • Use parchment paper under the meatballs for easy clean up and transfer off the pan to allow to cool.
  • Process your bread slices in your food processor and then add the seasoning for one last final whir, then everything gets evenly distributed.
  • To get smaller onion parts, use your food processor for that step also. I like big chunks of onion, so I just give them a good chop.
  • Mixing and forming the meatballs primarily with your hands can get them full of ground meat. Rinsing your hands in water prior to handling the meat helps to prevent sticking.
  • “Vacuum” seal your freezer bag by using a straw and sucking out the air, then seal.

Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs

Yield: 50 meatballs

Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground meat
  • 3 cups bread crumbs (4 slices)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 onion chopped or processed
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees place rack in center position.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs with oregano, parsley, basil, marjoram, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. In large bowl combine bread crumb mixture, meat, milk, onion and eggs. Mix well until completely combined and evenly distributed.
  4. Using 2 tablespoon melon baller, form the balls and make them equal size, place half of the meat balled up on a parchment paper lined shallow baking pan. Refrigerate the remaining meat until ready to make.
  5. Bake meatballs for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Make and bake the second half of the meatballs.
  6. Once all 50 meatballs are cooled place them on a baking sheet in a single layer without touching in the freezer. Freeze until meatballs are firm. Place firm meatballs into freezer style bag and remove excess air.
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Check out my previous post about other make ahead food prep ideas so that you can have a less stressful home dining experience.

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Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs is an easy food item to have on hand. Just grab some out of the freezer on a busy night to satisfy the whole family.
Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs is an easy food item to have to grab out of the freezer on a busy night to satisfy the whole family.