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Make-Ahead Meatballs Recipe
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Make-Ahead Meatballs Recipe

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My husband and I have company often. Keeping a supply of these frozen meatballs on hand means I can easily prepare a quick, satisfying meal. I start with a versatile meatball mix that makes about 12 dozen meatballs, then freeze them in batches for future use. —Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)

Nutritional Facts

One serving of 5 meatballs (prepared with egg substitute) equals 139 calories, 6 g fat (0 saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 357 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 meat, 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls, about 12 dozen.
  2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink, turning often; drain. Cool.
  3. Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatballs in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through. Yield: 5 batches (about 30 meatballs per batch).
Originally published as Make-Ahead Meatballs in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p20

Nutritional Facts

One serving of 5 meatballs (prepared with egg substitute) equals 139 calories, 6 g fat (0 saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 357 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 meat, 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"This is a great and EASY recipe!!! Along with everything above, I added some sage sausage, Italian herb spices, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and used garlic salt instead of regular salt. This is a FUN recipe to prepare. You can add whatever you like to spice it up. Thanks for posting this! I will definitely keep it :)"

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"The original recipe for these in quick cooking has different things to do with them when you get them out of the freezer. I enjoy all of the adaptations: meatball sandwiches, spaghetti and meatballs, Swedish meatballs and I am not sure of the final one, I lost that page. They are all good though."

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"How do you cook the frozen meatballs? Do they need to be thawed first?"

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Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"I was unsure if we would like these since the recipe sounded bland; so I only made 1 pound. They were very easy and quite nice. I am a meatball lover but I do not love making them. This was easy. I think next time I will add a little allspice and perhaps a cream sauce to make them more like Swedish meatballs. Hubby like them too. I baked them on nonstick foil and the cleanup was simple."

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"These meatballs are great. I made these using the ingredients listed, but added about 1 teaspoon of dried parsley to a half recipe. Rather than baking them on racks, I lined my pan with foil and sprayed it with nonstick cooking spray. They baked just fine this way, and the cleanup was easy. Thanks for this recipe."

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