The Perfect Freezable Meatball

*This recipe is adapted from the meatball recipe found on page 424 of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. I love this book. We use it all the time, if you are in need of a good cookbook, consider this one.

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perfect freezer meatballs!

I am not exaggerating when I say these are the perfect meatballs. They are easy to make, use mostly things you have on hand, freeze like a dream, taste amazing how they are, or can be manipulated with any sauce (ie: add a teriyaki sauce, or a sweet and sour sauce, or a BBQ sauce or marinara…etc.)

Here’s the recipe:

4 eggs slightly beaten with fork
2/3 cup soft bread crumbs (I have made them with italian or regular and both work fine)
1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup snipped fresh parsley (I always just use dried parsley, and it works fine)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (Again, lazy me uses dried onions)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 lbs ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil

Add all ingredients except olive oil into a large bowl and mix well.

Roll mixture between your hands to shape into balls. Each ball should be about two tablespoons worth. With meatballs this size, the recipe will yield about 40 meatballs.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a big skillet. Cook meatballs until brown and cooked through, (about 6-8 minutes on each side). The skillet below is the biggest one I have, so I can only cook half the meatballs at a time, so I only had half the olive oil at a time as well. If you aren’t planning on freezing any you could definitely cut this recipe in half.

Drain the oil off. Flash freeze meatballs in a single layer on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.

Once frozen, place in freezer bags or tupperwares to store in freezer. For best results, use within two months.

And for the record, ours have never even come close to lasting us two months. Haha. Hope you like them as much as we do!

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    Comments

    Claire

    Love this idea! how do you reheat them?

    Skratazoid

    Hi there, just wondering what percent lean/fat is your ground beef? 93/7 or 85/15?

      Jessica

      I’ve used both and either one works great! Lately I’ve been trying to use 93/7 though!

    Annie Wright

    These are wonderful but I wish you had a better way to print without printing the who blog. Thank you for sharing

    TheFiveDays

    These are delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    Six Sisters

    Loving these freezable meatballs. They look delicious! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back with more great recipes! -The Sisters

    Katie @ Pincushion Creations

    MHMMM….LOVE meatballs…It’s definetly a “need to have loves in the freezer to spare” type of a food! HAHA! Thanks for sharing at Homemade By You! Hope to see you next week!

    Jill

    That is a great cookbook! Those meatballs look soooo good! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    Michelles Tasty Creations

    Mmmmm, I love meatballs. How handy to have them already made and in the freezer. Thanks for sharing :)

    Christine

    What a great idea to freeze them!!!! I LOVE meatballs!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

    Anonymous

    Inspired to make some now! Yummmm

      Jessica

      Yay i’m so glad!!! I know you won’t regret it :). Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, makes my day!

    MissMorgan

    Mmmm… I love meatballs! I’ll have to use this!
    Morgan
    toughlaces.blogspot.com

      Jessica

      Morgan I promise they won’t disappoint! I hope you love them as much as we do :). Thanks for stopping by & commenting! Can’t wait to check out your blog..