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Who says ground beef has to be boring? We love it around here! Meatballs are so versatile, you can make many different dishes with them.
Spaghetti and meatballs,
Meatballs in cream sauce over pasta,
But the best part is having them on hand for those busy nights when you just don’t have time to cook! My kids (and me!!) love those frozen, fully cooked meatballs. But I refuse to buy them when I have beef in my freezer. I mean, how silly would that be?
So I decided to make my own precooked, frozen meatballs. I mixed up a big batch of these and baked them for 15 minutes, then bagged them and stuck them in the freezer. Now I can pull them out at a moment’s notice and pop them in the oven to reheat or in a pan of sauce on the stove-top. How cool is that?!
I like to freeze these meatballs raw, too. Both ways work fine! Obviously, you will need to bake longer if you are freezing them raw.
My preferred method is to scoop the meat with an ice cream scoop, and then gently finish smoothing the meatballs with my hands. This way, they are all uniform in size. You can find a scoop on Amazon.
- 1 lb ground beef
- ½ cup breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs, ground fine
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Shape into balls.
- Place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool and freeze.
- Can double or triple recipe easily.