Sure, it’s easy to rip open a bag of meatballs you bought at the store. But I found this easy meatball recipe that’s almost just as simple. I was looking for some easy recipes with ground beef in my little recipe box I received for our wedding. I thought it was about time I started using these treasured recipes that people gave us before my husband and I were betrothed. This is a great meatball appetizer recipe since they’re a sweeter meatball. You can also enjoy them with spaghetti and noodles which is what I did.
There’s a couple of things I like about this recipe. The first one would be that it’s easy. Remember, I was looking for easy recipes with ground beef. The second one would be that all ingredients are things that I would have on hand at any given time. I like fresh green peppers and onions like the next girl. However, sometimes the cupboard is bare and for this easy recipe, I only need the meat and my spice cabinet. Oh, and some milk. But with a 4 and 2 year old in the house – we’re never out.
Finally, this recipe is superb for freezer cooking. I’ve been really wanting to freezer cook more. This came about because one day I had the epiphany that I don’t like to cook every day. I only like to cook sometimes. And so to avoid take out, because it’s toooo easy to order, I decided to dive in and start preparing more meals ahead of time.
Here’s the big news. It’s no more work to make 3 pounds of meatballs, than it is to make 1 pound of meatballs. Why did I not take advantage of this more before?
What I’m saying is, these freeze really well. 🙂
Easy Meatball Recipe
Ingredients: (I tripled this recipe for freezer cooking.)
3 lb Ground Beef (The 80% cooked up nicely.)
3 Cups Italian Breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
4 tsp Crushed Onions
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 1/2 Cups Milk
Put all the ingredients in one big bowl. I received mixing bowls for Christmas that were perfect for this. To mix, I prefer using my hands. There’s no better way to mix a meatball then to just get in there. Mix thoroughly.
Once the meatballs are mixed thoroughly. Roll the meatball mix into 1.5 – 2 inch balls. I used my cookie scoop to quickly grab the needed amount. I then just rolled them between my two hands.
I also want to mention that as I rolled them I placed them in shallow baking tin. You can find them 3 for $1. I would prefer to have enough glass pyrex dishes for this. I’ve been on the hunt at thrift stores for that very thing.
Once rolled and done, I placed foil over them and used a Sharpie to label them. I don’t want to have to look up the recipe for the cook-time so I always label them with the temperature and time. Bake at 350 degrees Faranheit for 20 – 30 minutes if thawed.
The question does come about whether it’s better to cook the meatballs before your freeze them or after. I found that the jury is out. And to be honest, it’s so much easier to be able to make them and place them in the freezer then have to bake them twice. Remember, freezer cooking is all about saving time. 🙂
- 3 lb ground beef
- 3 cups italian bread crumbs
- 1½ tsp nutmeg
- 4 tsp dried onion
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1½ cups milk
- Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Mix well.
- Roll into 1½ to 2 inch balls.
- Place in baking pan.
- Cover and freeze or follow the instructions below.
- Bake the meatballs in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 - 30 minutes or until cooked through.