Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meatball Madness

I've been batch cooking and freezing pretty regularly lately. It's primarily food cubes for Lana, but I sneak in some adult food every now and then. After picking up a 4 pack of ground turkey at Costco, I decided to make some meatballs using the super simple recipe Lindsey shared with me after bringing us dinner one day while we were still in the baby haze. Here's her recipe:

•1 lb ground meat (I used turkey, Linds used half turkey, half spicy italian pork sausage, and obviously there's always hamburger)
•salt and pepper
•2/3 c quick oats (Linds used half oats, half italian bread crumbs)
•Beat 1 egg and add to
•2/3 cup milk
Poor egg/milk mixture over meat/oats and mix.

I tripled this recipe and ended up with 70 standard sized meatballs plus 2 dozen minis (definitely my favorite). I decided to bake mine before freezing, partially because then we can reheat them quickly, and partially because I wasn't sure how to freeze them without sticking together.

So, I baked them for about 20 minutes (15 for the minis); next time I'll leave them in a bit longer. Then I let them cool to room temp, transferred them to wax paper lined trays and flash froze for about an hour before transferring them to freezer bags.

Looking forward to sopping up some pasta sauce with these guys. And, of course, Raf is thrilled to have meat for his pasta...maybe now he'll stop complaining about it being our cheater meal.

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1 comment:

lindsey said...

Yeah!!!! Oh, and I freeze the meatballs on wax paper (on a plate) but not 70 at a time (you go!). Then put them in bags. Let me know how it works to have them baked first.