Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs

Seriously Delish, page 199

How sad is it that this is actually the first time I’ve made meatballs? My grandmother makes the best meatballs known to man (with my husband’s grandmother a close second. he’ll disagree, but it’s my blog!)  I need that recipe.

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These meatballs were fairly easy to throw together, and reminded me of most freezer meatballs I’ve had.  I think it was the seasoning blend.  They are heavily seasoned with oregano, basil, onion powder and smoked paprika mixed with a 50/50 mix of beef and turkey, so ever so slightly healthier than an all beef meatball.  They were tender (ish), but not like the family meatballs we’ve had for years, not that I expected them to be.

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For me, the goal was to have something homemade in the freezer, that we could easily turn into a quick dinner.  After freezing these on a cookie sheet, I popped them into a Foodsaver bag, and vacuum packed them.  We ate them a few weeks later in meatball subs, with some homemade tomato sauce I also had lurking in the freezer.  The key for making bready saucey sandwiches?   Wrapping them super tight in foil and heating them in the oven, like described here.  It really does make a difference in the bread.  Do it.

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I think I jipped myself on the sauce on this one.