Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Now that Halloween is behind us it’s time to think about the holidays ahead.  I always feel that Halloween kicks off the holiday season, it does it my house.  Once trick or treating is done and the Halloween decor has been put away I turn my attention to planning our Thanksgiving dinner and getting ready for Christmas.  It’s a very busy time for me!

I think the weeks leading up to the holidays are busy for everyone, we need to shop, cook, bake, clean, decorate, and more along with all the daily work that we do.  One this is certain holiday planning or not we still have to eat.  Cooking and planning daily meals can be challenging during this season.  I know many times we end up grabbing fast food on the way home or ordering in pizza just to have something to eat for dinner, but I really hate doing this.  I get tired of eating out and I really do like my home cooking!  So to make my life a bit easier I like to stock my freezer with pre-made dishes that we can pop in the oven on the days I don’t have time to cook.

One of the easiest things to work with are meatballs.  I know, you can buy pre-made frozen meatballs at the grocery store, but my family hates them!  I don’t like the spongy consistency, I find them very unappetizing.  They don’t taste too good either.  So I spend about 30 minutes one day and make my own meatballs which I freeze in ziplock freezer bags.   They just need re-heating when I need them.  Meatballs are great because they are very versatile; you can turn them into different dishes by adding just a few ingredients.  I like to make meatball subs, Swedish meatballs, teriyaki meatballs, meatball soup, and of course spaghetti and meatballs.  My grandkids love them with mac n’ cheese!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound ground beef – don’t use the one that’s too lean, you need a bit of fat to hold it together and also give it a good flavor.  I use ground sirloin or sometimes ground chuck which is a bit fattier.

1 egg

1 tbls. minced garlic

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbls. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. fine sea salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese – use the fresh cheese not the one in the green cardboard shaker

Directions:

1.  Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.

2.  Mix it all together using your hands.  Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don’t over mix as it will get spongy.

3.  Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.

4.  Shape into ball.  You can make any size ball you want, but don’t make them too big, they won’t cook in the middle.  Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.

5.  Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Homemade Meatballs

6.  Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.

Makes 3 dozen 2″ meatballs

Homemade Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Homemade Meatballs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Dozeen
Instructions
  1. Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it all together using your hands. Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don't over mix as it will get spongy.
  3. Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.
  4. Shape into ball. You can make any size ball you want, but don't make them too big, they won't cook in the middle. Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.
  5. Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.
  7. Makes 3 dozen 2" meatballs
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Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N' CheeseThinking about your next holiday party?  Not sure what to serve?  Here’s a new twist on a favorite comfort food your family and friends will love, Mac N’ Cheese Bites.

I make these for my twin grandbabies, they love Mac N’ Cheese and these are perfectly portioned for their small appetites!

They look great on a tasting or buffet table.  Make them ahead of time and keep some in your freezer for unexpected get togethers this holiday season, I do!

Makes 24 bites

Ingredients:

2 cups elbow macaroni (cooked, strained, and cooled)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 stick melted butter
Cooking spray

Directions:

Spray  mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.

Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.

Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.

Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.

Mac N' Cheese Bites
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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Mac N' Cheese Bites
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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bites
Instructions
  1. Spray mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.
  4. Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.
  5. Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.
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