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Freezer Meatballs

I’m naming these freezer meatballs because the freezer is where these ended up in order to have slow cooker meals for future dinners. Food Prep at it’s finest. But to be honest, you could make them tonight and freeze the other half another day.

Before I get into how to make the meatballs, I want to share a few things I’m enjoying lately with the holidays. I have my traditions with my family like putting up a real tree, St Nick’s Day, cookie making and more. But here a few things that are new this year that I can’t get enough of because they just put me in the best mood.

  1. My new Bath & Body Works Christmas house candle holder. I’ve been watching the price like a hawk because there was a candle house I wanted last year that sold out before everything went on clearance the day after Christmas. Let’s be honest, $80 is WAY too much to pay for a candle holder no matter how much joy it brings me. Low and behold, Bath & Body Works ran 40% EVERYTHING the day after Thanksgiving and I ordered this online. I’ve been enjoying it while looking at my tree every day!

2. The other new obsession this year (and this holiday) and finding the perfect bloody mary. I’ve been on a mission all year to find the best and even started creating them at home (on the right). I just love excuse to meet my friends out on a Sunday for a quick lunch paired with a delicious bloody mary. The one on the left is from Saloon on Calhoun which is my favorite in town.

Saloon on Calhoun (left) & Homemade (right)
One of my close friends (Sara) I meet for a bloody mary to catch up with on a Sunday!

3. The last of the newness that I’m loving this year is my Husband’s new beard. I don’t typically like a beard on men, but it looks good on him this year. I always tell him that he’s like fine wine because he continues to get more attractive year by year. This new beard just turned up the good looks.

My husband Dan and I

Now it’s time to get back to meatballs! I actually went to Sam’s Club to buy ground beef in bulk, but you could buy the family pack at any store. When it came to rolling the meatballs, I went over to my friend Karla’s house so that she could help create. We rolled all the balls while we chatted about our weeks. I love nothing more that cooking while catching up with friends and family. Cooking is such a social function in my life. Not to mention, I secretly I love putting all my friends and family to work in the kitchen.

Once all the meatballs are cooked and cooled down, you have two options:

  1. Put them in a freezer bag with a jar of Pasta sauce and freeze. To slow cook, you will empty the bag into a slow cooker, add another jar of pasta sauce and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve on top of cooked noodles (or zoodles)
  2. Pour meatball into a pan with a jar of sauce on medium for 5-10 minutes while your noodles cook. Serve meatballs in sauce over the noodles.

 

Freezer for up to 6 months
Serve over Zoodles

Freezer Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 1/2 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley, minced (fresh or dry)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

2. Mix together onion, bread crumbs, garlic, eggs, cheese, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, pepper and parsley in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add in ground beef and mix gently until combined. Do not overwork. Form into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

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