May 26, 2007

Make-Ahead Meatballs

I got this fantastic recipe from an old Quick Cooking Magazine (one of the Collector's Editions). I use it ALL THE TIME! All of these recipes are from that issue sent in by Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington.

Make-Ahead Meatballs

4 eggs
2 cups dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 Tablespoon salt (I cut this back a bit)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
4 pounds lean ground beef (or other ground meat - if you use chicken or turkey you will need to add an extra egg for moisture)

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add the next five ingredients. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls, about 12 dozen. Place in single layers in ungreased 15-inch x 10-inch x 1-inch baking pans. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink, turning often; drain. Cool. Place about 30 meatballs each into freezer containers. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Yields 5 batches (30 per batch).

Of course, you can make the classic spaghetti and meatballs with this but there are other things you might try that are delicious, too.

Meatball Sandwiches

1 batch of the meatballs thawed (30)
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
6 sandwich rolls, split

Place meatballs in an ungreased 1 quart baking dish. Combine the next five ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour (or you could put these in the crockpot on low for a few hours). Serve on sandwich rolls. Yields 6 servings.

You could also use the sandwich recipe and just make little meatball appetizers served on toothpicks for a get-together with friends or church dinners and such.

Sweet and Sout Meatballs - follow recipe except use meatballs instead of chicken

Other links for you...

Crockpot Meatballs - lots of links here for different ideas!

You can pair them with lots of different sauces.

Try barbeque sauce on them in the crockpot.

You can combine barbeque sauce and a fruit preserve for a sweet and spicy combination.

You can turn them into Swedish Meatballs with a basic sour cream sauce.

Make your meatballs smaller and make a Grilled Swedish Meatball Kebab.


  1. I love it!! Thank you!!!

  2. Anonymous1:57 AM

    I'm SO going to try this bulk meatball recipe out Leann.
    I was just thinking tonight that I need to get more meals/parts of meals in the freezer and this looks great.

    You're a gem.

    Cheers, Wilm (yep, me again!)

    PS Guess what I bought this week - DVD of Series 1 of...."THE GOOD LIFE" and I'm so loving it! Thought of you when I bought it!