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Easy Frozen Meatballs – Homemade Meatballs for the Crockpot

Easy Frozen Meatballs – Homemade Meatballs for the Crockpot

Homemade Frozen Meatballs – Perfect to add to throw in your crock pot for a DELICIOUS appetizer and a great alternative for those that prefer HOMEMADE vs store bought frozen meatballs!

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Best frozen meatballs

Frozen meatballs give you so many options. The humble yet mighty meatball provides a foundation for countless dishes.

Every style of cuisine on the planet has a version of a meatball. So with easy freezer meatballs, you can essentially span a globe of flavors.

To start your globe-trotting, all you have to do is grab some of your frozen meatballs, and build a sauce or glaze.

Meatballs work for slow cooker appetizer or an entrée.

Everyone loves a good meatball. Except for vegans. But that just means more meatballs for the rest of us. 

Also, making your own meatballs means you don’t have to worry about all the additives found in most store bought freezer meatballs. 

BONUS for no extra crap!

Seriously, some of those premade freezer ones don’t really seem to be meat. They should be re-labeled bread balls.

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Plan ahead with easy frozen meatballs

Making freeze meatballs means creating convenience. They come together with little effort. They don’t take long to cook.

They keep in the freezer for a month or even more if they are well stored.

Who doesn’t love convenience?!

The biggest consideration for making your own freezer meatballs? Choosing what style of meatball to go with.

In this case, the more simple you keep them, the more options you have for destinations to travel to with the sauce or glaze. 

For this reason, not going any one particular direction with the meatball seasoning makes sense. For example, you certainly can add ingredients like cheese to the mix, but then you paint yourself into a corner. 

Not many Asian themed recipes include parmesan cheese or cheese of any kind. A meatball stuffed with parmesan works great for Italian dishes though. But, I like having the most options possible if I am busting some out of the freezer.

So, season simply with salt and pepper and some onions. Maybe add a bit of red pepper flakes if you want some heat.

Otherwise, keep it very simple and use your sauce, gravy, or glaze to do the heavy lifting when it comes to flavoring or setting your travel plans or style of cuisine.

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Freezer meatball recipe

The basic ingredients of meatballs are as follows:

  • meat (ground beef or ground pork)
  • binding agents
  • seasonings
  • size
  • thorough cooking

Starting with the meat, you literally can go with any type of ground meat. Beef, chicken, pork, veal, venison, alligator, whatever you like and have available works. 

Meatballs are made with a combination of meat, some breadcrumbs, and beaten eggs and usually a bit of chopped onion and some salt and pepper at the very least. 

The eggs and breadcrumbs help bind the meat and keep it from crumbling. Onions are found in every cuisine on the planet and onions act to bind too.

Only in this case, onions help bind all the seasons and flavors of the meat. 

So using onions in the them will not limit what you do when it comes time to cook them and decide whether you are going with European, Asian, or Polynesian for the meal. 

With freezer meatballs, you definitely want to cook them all the way or at least until they are no longer pink inside. Sometimes cooking them on the stove top in a cast iron pan is fine.

However, for these, I recommend cooking a big batch which means the oven.

You want to be able to store a bunch to use when you want them. So, using cookie sheets and doing them in the oven works best in that case. 

Start with higher heat in the oven, about 425F. Then reduce the temp to about 325F.

This will help seal in the moisture so you don’t have a dry meatball when you are ready to eat them. 

Make sure to let them cool completely before you add them to the freezer bags to store in the freezer.

I suggest freezer bags because it make portion sizes easier when it comes time to thaw them out. Also, it makes it easier to stack them in the freezer that way. 

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Tips for making homemade meatballs

1. Make sure you have some fat content in the meat. Too lean = dry balls!

2. Don’t over mix or they will get tough so mix as little as possible to combine ingredients.

3. Bread crumbs help bind the meat together. Plain or seasoned is up to you!

4. Season your balls! Go as basic as possible for more options.

5. Make them uniform size for even baking. Use an ice cream scoop!

6. Cook thoroughly! Internal temperature should be 165F.

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What are some good recipes to use frozen meatballs?

Meatballs are so wonderful. All manner of tasty appetizers come to mind first. You can use them on sandwiches. No one complains about them on pasta.

Want to pop them in soup? Nothing stopping you. Nothing weird about using them in a salad either. 

You can make balls work with spicy, sweet and sour glazes, or marinara sauce. Or be a rebel and don’t put any sauce on them at all.

The only limit is your imagination.

Should I thaw meatballs before putting in the crockpot?

If your recipe has them cooking for at least 2 hours then you don’t need to thaw them first.

If you are just heating something through, usually a dish that was precooked, like soup, then I would thaw them first just to be safe.

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Frozen homemade meatballs recipe

Homemade Freezer Meatballs

Homemade Freezer Meatballs

Yield: 50 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Homemade Frozen Meatballs - Perfect to add to throw in your crock pot for a delicious appetizer and a great alternative to store-bought frozen meatballs!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef (93/7)
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

Prepare the meatball mixture

  1. In a large bowl, gently combine the ground pork and ground beef.
  2. Add the eggs and breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the seasonings.
  4. Gently combine until mixed.

Bake and store the meatballs

  1. Scoop into 1-inch balls.
  2. Place on a baking sheet (with a rim).
  3. Bake at 425F for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce temperature to 325F and cook for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. When the meatballs are cooled, portion out to recipes and freeze for up to 3 months.
  7. Enjoy these homemade meatballs anytime you want to make crockpot party meatballs!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 647mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Kelli

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Excellent flavor. I used all ground beef instead of 1/2 ground beef & 1/2 pork. I doubled the bread crumbs. Excellent flavor!

Jennifer

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

Thank you! I am certainly going to try this next time I make a batch!

Angela

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

These are a go to around here! Great recipe

Julie Menghini

Monday 23rd of September 2019

I love recipes that are perfect with our busy schedule and picky eaters. Making extra and putting them in the freezer is going to save us so much time.

michele

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

These were the bomb diggity when I had company stop by unexpectedly! The only thing I think you said wrong was that they would last a month in the freezer..... once we all had some of them we couldn't stay out of them.... Next time... QUADRUPLE batch! :)

Brandi Burgess

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

I am so glad I found this recipe! I still haven't found a store bought frozen meatball that I like! But I love what a simple meal starter they are. So I can make and freeze a bunch of these for quick meal prep!

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