• Abby Estevez

#Makeahead - Big A** Meatballs

Make ahead meals will be the lifesaver you never knew you needed... busy weeks are ahead, outdoor dining is getting cold, budgets are tighter for the impending holiday season. 😵

It’s well worth it to stock your freezer with some delicious and versatile go-to meals!

Big A** Meatballs

Makes 11-12 large meatballs

1lb mixture of ground pork, beef, veal

- if preferred, use only 1lb of ground beef with a higher fat percentage

- sometimes your grocery store will have this mixture already portioned out for you!

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta

1/2 yellow onion, small diced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced (about 3 cloves)

1 egg

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, ground black pepper and red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all prepared ingredients above in a large bowl.

Using your hands, mix together all ingredients until well distributed.

Line a sheet tray with aluminum foil and brush the top with olive oil. Using your hands again, with the help of a scooper (or spoon), measure out a 2 inch ball of meatball mixture. Roll into a ball in your palm, should be slightly smaller than the palm of your hand. Or mine, I may have smaller hands... make them whatever size you like!!

Bake the meatballs in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until slightly brown.

Feel free to test one out when they are done but don’t eat them all! I recommend using a plastic bag or reusable container and portion out however many you would eat for a future meal (usually 2-3 person). Place in freezer and defrost when you are ready to enjoy again!

Possible Future Meal Ideas:

  • meatballs in tomato sauce

  • spaghetti and meatballs

  • meatball subs

  • meatball sliders

  • meatball slices as a pizza topping

  • Italian meatball soup

If you’re like me and don’t have a microwave... best way to defrost these from the freezer:

  • take out the night before and leave in fridge

  • take out the morning of and leave out on counter/in fridge

  • take out and drop into some tomato sauce then heat up on your stovetop

  • take out of freezer but keeping the balls in their container, place in a pot of warm water to quicken the defrosting process (keep the water warm)

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