Make Your Own Meatballs for Quick and Easy Meals

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It’s that time of the year. Endless hours of football practices, karate classes, and cub scout meetings. After that, homework, taking care of the house, and spending time with the kids leaves little time in the kitchen to prepare meals. That’s why I try to plan ahead.

An easy “go to” item to keep on hand are homemade, frozen meatballs.  I know. It would be much easier to pick up a bag of pre-packaged meatballs from the grocery store. Unfortunately, many prepackaged meatballs have fillers and monosodium glutamate (MSG) and, they really don’t taste that good to me. So, I figured out how to make my own. Below is my recipe.

Meatballs

Tools Needed

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Wax Paper
  • Metal Mixing Bowl
  • Melon Baller
  • Space in Your Freezer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chuck (you can use what ever ground meat you like)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Progresso Bread Crumbs, Italian Style)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in the bowl. You may have to increase the amount of bread crumbs to get the mixture to the consistency of meatloaf.

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Use a melon baller to measure the mixture and form into balls. Place on cookie sheet covered in wax paper; make sure the meatballs don’t touch.

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After all of the meatballs are formed, place them into a freezer until frozen solid. It usually takes 4 – 6 hours but I tend to leave mine in overnight.

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Place in freezer bags. Keep frozen until you’re ready to use.

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NOTE: I place my meatballs into the skillet while they’re frozen unless I decide to use some of the larger ones for sliders. If being used for sliders, I allow the meatballs to thaw and then press into a patty.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

14 comments on “Make Your Own Meatballs for Quick and Easy Meals”

  1. thecrumbycupcake Reply
    Homemade meatballs are definitely the way to go! What a great idea to freeze your own! Much better than thawing out a slab of ground beef on spaghetti night!
    • Makasha Dorsey Reply
      I can't take the credit for the sliders. My 7 year old came up with it. One morning he looked at the menu and really didn't want meatball subs. He asked me if I could make them into burgers. So I made sliders on Hawaiian sweet rolls instead.
  2. sarahsofiaproductions Reply
    What a quick and easy recipe! I wish had read this before I made meatballs with brown rice penne pasta tonight for the family! It's great that you can freeze them too for future servings.
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  4. rachaeljdebruin Reply
    A really great staple recipe for the kitchen!! I myself really enjoy homemade meatballs :) Thanks for joining us on this past week of "Inspired By Me Mondays!!" So glad you were able to link up; please be sure to come back again next week :) Monday to Friday; every week! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough
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