Love Your Freezer – Meatballs
I love my freezer and I am determined to try using it better in 2015.
Of course it has the regular things in like ice cream but I have sweetcorn, peas, chicken pieces, basic tomato pasta sauces and my favourite freezer food meatballs. Ours isn’t the biggest freezer so size matters. Meatballs are good as they fit very well and can be persuaded to fit into the smaller spaces I have left.
I love meatballs and making a batch of them and sticking them in the freezer is so simple and is brilliant when you want a quick dinner. I cook the meatballs before I put them in the freezer so when I take them out and thaw them I just need to warm them up. The one good thing about meatballs you can defrost them by leaving them out to thaw but if you forget you can defrost them in the microwave. Then it’s the fun part of adding them to a sauce to warm through and enjoying them.
I’ve been using Sainsbury’s frozen herb pots. It’s a great way to use herbs when cooking and not having to buy a whole plant, use a bit and then try and keep the plant alive. They have a great collection of herbs available. It makes it very economical and the herbs freeze really well.
Freezer meatballs have saved a dinner at my house on many occasions!
I’ve used this recipe a lot and I tend to double it so I can make loads of meatballs. Some for dinner that night and then the rest in the freezer.
– 500g mince beef
– 150g breadcrumbs
– 1 large white onion
– 2 medium eggs
– half a teaspoon of Sainsbury’s frozen herbs chopped red chilli, chopped garlic, parsley and basil.
– salt and pepper
– In a large mixing bowl pull apart the mince.
– Chop up the onion as fine as you can and add it to the beef.
– In a blender make the breadcrumbs and add them to the mix with the herbs, salt and pepper.
– Add the eggs and mix together and to form one big meatball. You’ll probably need to use your hands.
– Divide into mix and roll in your hands to create the meatballs. I make them about two heaped tablespoon of mix each so they don’t take ages to cook and then defrost later.
– In a frying pan with a little oil on a medium heat and cook the meatballs a few at a time until they cooked through.
– When they are cooked put them on a plate to cool.
– When they are all cooked and cold pop them in some sandwich bags or a freezer safe container and pop them in the freezer. I tend to put about 10 in a sandwich bag so I have portions ready for when I need them.
To defrost I remove them from the freezer container and put them in a bowl and cover it and leave it out for the day in a cool place. If I forget to take them out earlier enough I use the microwave defrost setting.
I need to work on my onion chopping skills. They were a bit chunky for this batch but the finished meatballs tasted wonderful.
Do you have any freezer safe recipes or freezer tips?