Baked Italian Meatballs-8 dozen for the freezer
October 27, 2010 1 Comment
I finally got a tutorial together. I hope this is helpful. This is my son dressed as an old man for Fall Festival!
10/26/10-Ground beef is on sale at Harris Teeter ($1.77) and Ingles $1.88 this week so I’m making a double bubble batch. If you go early in the morning you may get a reduced price from the day before (which is perfectly safe) if you make your meatballs and freeze them within 24 hours. Don’t let it sit in your fridge a while and then do it. If you don’t have time to make meatballs, you can freeze the meat and then thaw, cook and refreeze cooked.
I had two 3.5 pound packages of meat so I divided one into three pounds with a knife. Then I split one of the 1 pound parts in half and added it to my large 3,5 package and I had 4 pounds of meat for a double bubble recipe. The other two parts were devoted to tacos for the kids (went into the freezer).
First I measure dry seasonings and beaten eggs and add this to the mixer. Then I mix until the oatmeal is moistened. You can also use bread.
I add the beef and you can tell my mixer is full so I carefully mix it slow-just on the stir mode in short intervals (stopping and starting) until the beef starts to mix. Mix it until the fat is distributed. Gross, huh? You could do this by hand, if you’re not afraid of fat and lots of dishwashing liquid and hot water at the end.
Then I use my handy dandy notebook (just kidding); I’ve been hearing too many blues clues episodes. I love this scoop for everything. I never roll my meatballs or measure. I just use the scoop and scrape off the excess on the side of the bowl.
This step could be omitted, but foil catches the grease and you can throw it away when you’re done. It’s harsh on your septic pipes, especially without hot, hot water rinsing it down. It makes clean-up easier (I should work for a Reynolds).
I’ve scooped about eight dozen onto a rimmed cookie sheet and a 9×13 baking dish (you need it to be rimmed to keep the grease contained).
Remove meatballs when they are done. I baked a double recipe for about 25 minutes (use a timer). Then allow them to cool completely (cool to the touch-about 20 minutes or longer if you have time) on a plate with paper towels to drain excess fat. I’m using cloth napkins because I don’t use paper towels. I love using a tong because I can easily grab several meatballs at a time and it’s a great tool for loading them into the freezer bag.
I put approximately 12 meatballs (4 per person) in a bag. I roll the air out by rolling the meatballs toward the zipper and then I seal the zipper. It’s almost like a vacuum seal. Like I said earlier, the slider bags don’t get as much of the air out 😦
I have eight bags for various meals throughout the month! See the meal ideas below and add your own. Double the ingredients below if you plan to make a double bubble recipe (it’s worth the effort and it requires no extra time).
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup soft breadcrumbs (about 1 slice) or ¾ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup milk
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 pounds ground turkey or beef
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed for about 1 minute or use your hands to thoroughly mix. Shape meatballs using a 1” scoop. Place all on a single layer pan or 9×13 pans with rims. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels and let cool about 30 minutes until cool to the touch. Label and date quart size bags. Divide approximately 40 meatballs among bags; 4-5 meatballs person.
Have you found a good sale on meat? Under $2 is a great buy. Double Bubble this recipe with 5 pounds of meat by doubling all the above ingredients and make creative meatball meals all month long.
Thaw completely for 24 hours. Reheat on a microwave safe dish for 10 minutes or until hot or bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Top with warmed marinara sauce if desired.
- Meatball subs with provolone
- Meatballs and spaghetti
- Meatballs and mashed potatoes
- Meatball pizza
- Meatball panani sandwich
- Meatball appetizers
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs served over rice
- Meatball calzones
Do you have any other ideas to add to our list?
Printable Recipe for Meatballs