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Homemade Frozen Meatballs

Homemade, super delicious, make ahead frozen meatballs to make your weeknights easier, or to prepare for a new baby arriving soon!

Homemade Frozen Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Happy Monday! Or is it? Im hoping its a good one, because last monday, definitely felt like a monday…you know, lots of cleaning and playing catch up from the weekend, cranky kids, messes everywhere, tears all around, you know the drill. I’m aiming for a better one this week! It’s already off to a good start since I got some of my cleaning and laundry done over the weekend. yay!

If you’ve been reading lately, then you know Ive mentioned Ive slowly been building up some freezer meals and snacks for when the little babe gets here, which isn’t all that far off anymore! I have never done this is the past, but I also never really felt the need too. In the past, my husband was in school so he was always home around dinner time, so I didn’t really have to worry about trying to cook to often with a baby in my arms or kids at my feet. This time however, is a totally different story.

I’ll have two toddlers, plus a newborn, and if you’ve had a baby before, then you know dinner time can be ‘witching hour’, which means, cooking can be a miserable experience, if you even attempt it at all! So! until I adjust to being a mom of three, I’d like to make life as easy as possible, and I’m finding advanced preparation is key in all that. I’ve started my xmas shopping, I’ve already purchased most of the boys fall/winter wardrobe (along with my own!) so I don’t have to worry about shopping for that later, (though online shopping is a godsend to moms now!), and the most important, freezer meals!

Homemade Frozen Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Not having to cook dinners for those first few weeks or months, will be a lifesaver. My mom will be here for a couple weeks, then my husband will have two weeks off. So for those first four weeks, Ill have a good amount of help, but as soon as life resumes to normal, I know I’m going to want these meals on hand. And it will be fall! So I want cozy, comfort foods!

These meatballs are so flavorful, easy to whip up, and really versatile. You can throw them into the slow cooker frozen with some sauce and cook on low all day, you can thaw some out, and bake them in the oven, pan fry them, use them for pasta, subs, or whatever your heart desires. This recipe makes 60 meatballs, so I divided it up into two, so that will give us two separate dinners worth, and knowing our family, probably some leftovers!

Whether you’re having a baby or not, having some meals in the freezer ahead of time can really save you on those busy nights full of school, sports, and clubs, and I highly recommend these tasty meatballs!

Homemade Frozen Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

p.s. sorry for all the pictures of raw meat, promise they’re sooooo much more appetizing than it looks! 😉

Homemade Frozen Meatballs

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 60 Meatballs

Homemade, super delicious, make ahead frozen meatballs to make your weeknights easier, or to prepare for a new baby arriving soon!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 TB worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded cheese (asiago, parmesan, or romano)
  • 2 TB fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together, and use your hands to really work it all in.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (I forgot to do this, but I recommend it!)
  3. Start scooping and rolling, and place on the baking sheet close together. I used a small size cookie scoop, so each meatball is about 1 1/2 Tablespoons.
  4. Once you have rolled all the meat out, place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 2 hours, until firm.
  5. Label a couple gallon size bags with the date and the contents. Once firm, you can transfer the meatballs into the bags and freeze until you're ready to enjoy them!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Rachel

    i absolutely LOVE this idea! so great for a simple dinner. honestly, even with one toddler and working full time, i find it really, really hard to get any dinner at all on the table, and anything frozen is a godsend. i’m definitely going to try this!

    August 24, 2015 at 9:56 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I can’t even imagine! freezer meals can be a savior! hope you enjoy 🙂

      September 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply McKenzi

    Totally making these! I love making meatballs but never think to make extra and freeze. We usually just eat them for days and get burnt out on them.

    BTW…I totally saw you at The Gap last week. I contemplated saying hi but then it felt a bit creepy. The fact that I found an amazing recipe on Pinterest that was linked to a blog with some amazing food and happened to be a local gal still blows my mind. But how naïve of me being that SO many people have blogs these days. Of course there is a chance I run into someone locally. I told my family and my husband said it was silly I didn’t say hi and my sweet 14 year old said “mom, you could have met a celebrity…I mean, she has a blog online!!” Bless her sweet heart. Ha.

    September 10, 2015 at 11:12 am
    • Reply Alaina

      oh my gosh, you totally should have said hi! I would have loved that! I was shopping for baby clothes with my two little men, so I probably looked a bit frazzled, but it would have been so nice! Your 14 year old is way to sweet, I love that she said that, it made me smile big!
      Hope you enjoy the meatballs! I hate getting burnt out on leftovers too, so Ive been trying to get better about freezing anything that I can after we’ve already made one meal out of it!

      September 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Sherry

    These look awesome! One question- when we are ready to use them do you have a recommendation for cooking times/methods?

    February 28, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply Alaina

      thank you! I usually just throw the frozen meatballs right into a slightly boiling sauce and let them cook in there on the stove. You could also do the same in the crockpot too!

      February 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Annie

    When ready to enjoy, do you thaw them first or bake them from frozen? Temperature and how long?
    Thanks I’ll definitely try these!

    April 5, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply Alaina

      My favorite way is to just throw them frozen right into a hot sauce on the stove and cook them that way! Alternatively, you could just plop them on a baking sheet, still frozen, and bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes, until fully cooked through. enjoy!

      April 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Can I cook them and then freeze them?

    August 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      of course! let them cool when they come out of the oven, then freeze on a parchment covered baking sheet, careful they dont touch, and once they’re hard, you can toss them all into a large ziplock bag together and store in the freezer.

      September 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth SuChy

    Can these be cooked ahead of time, then frozen?

    May 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm
    • Reply Stacey

      See comment right above this one! 😉

      June 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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