Thursday, September 27, 2012

Make Ahead Meatballs

Scripture to Live By:

The Bible speaks of the heart approximately 725 times.
The condition of our hearts affects everything in our lives.

Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil
 man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks 
what the heart is full of."
If what comes out of my mouth is an out-pouring of what is filling my heart, I truly need
to keep my heart with all diligence. 
What is the meaning of diligence? Constant, earnest, persistent personal attention, a
steady effort.  In our text of guarding our heart with all diligence, it would be keeping a
watch over our heart so that none of the things mentioned in Ephesians 4:30-31
would be ruling in our heart. 
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from
you, with all malice:
Hopefully by guarding our heart with all diligence, only what is found in Ephesians
 4:32 will rule in our hearts.  
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God
 for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

Recipe Post:

My family really enjoys these meatballs, so I make them up in large numbers to have
on hand when they let me know they are coming for dinner. They look forward to them,
when we have family gatherings. I sometimes serve them with spaghetti and sauce, and
other times make meatball subs with sauce and Mozzarella cheese.
I put them in serving size freezer bags to have just for my husband and myself. 
It is so nice to make ahead and have them on hand to use at a moments notice. 
I use my ground chicken breast to make mine out of, but you can use beef, if you like.  
By using the ground chicken breast we are eating a lot less fat.  
With the health issues that we have, this is best for us.  Hope you will try them and see if
your family likes them as well.

Printable Recipe

Things you will need:

6 lbs of ground chicken breast or ground beef
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 cup  of ketchup

4 eggs
1 cup milk

1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 1/2 cups of quick oats
1 cup of parsley
1 cup of dried minced onions

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Blend well.  

Roll out a strip of wax paper approximately two feet long.

Pour mixture onto the wax paper and shape into a rectangle.

Then cut the meat 10 strips width wise.

Then cut 6 stripes length wise.    

By doing this you will have more uniform sized meatballs.

After I get my squares made, I then take each square and roll it into a meatball as shown.

You can bake or fry your meatballs. I chose to fry mine.

After frying or baking let cool.  
If you are baking them, bake at 400 degree for 10 minutes then turn and bake for another 15 minutes.  (Meat should no longer be pink inside.)
If you are frying them, fry for approximately 10 minutes or until browned.
 (If you not sure if it is thoroughly cooked,  cut one open, and  if it is no longer pink inside, it is done.)  

Divide into serving sizes for your family, and freeze until ready to serve.


Divide into serving sizes for your family, and freeze until ready to serve.

You can serve with spaghetti, pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese,
Or you could serve the meatballs on Hoagie Rolls topped with pasta sauce and Mozzarella Cheese,
 adding carrots, celery and some chips to complete your meal.

This recipe makes approximately 60 large meatballs.  They are so good.  
Hope you will try them. 


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  1. these look

    i also love the idea
    of scoring the pressed meat mix
    to make uniform balls

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  2. Thank you so much for your comment. I so appreciate it. Thank you so much for having your link party. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

  3. I've never used oats in making meatballs. Great idea to make them ahead and have them ready to cook. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  4. Diane, thank you for your comment on the Make Ahead Meatballs.It is so convenient when you make them ahead to be able to make up many recipes using them. I appreciate you having the Foodie Friday link up. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  5. You make it look so easy--and we have been swapping in ground chicken or turkey for the beef to make things healthier. Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

  6. I am glad to hear that you have been swapping in ground chicken or turkey for the beef to make things healthier. Thank you so much for having your link party. I appreciate it so much. Blessings to you, Jo-ann

  7. Love the idea of making ahead and freezing! Great idea! I found you via the Homemaker on a Dime Link Party! I am going to follow you now. Please join my new meme that starts on Friday at Diana Rambles.

    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network
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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for becoming a follower. I hope you will try the recipe. My family really like them

  8. Oh wow, this is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!


    1. Thank you for your comment. You are so welcome. Blessing to you Katie. Jo-Ann

  9. Thank-you for Sharing your Heart!

    I love to 'freezer cook',I often do meatballs,however I have never sectioned the meat that way,I will sure give it a try!
    Following you!

    1. Gaylene, Thank you so much for your comment and for viewing my post, I so appreciate it. Thank you for becoming a follower. Blessing to you, Jo-Ann

  10. i love make ahead recipes! ill have to try these.

    1. Noelle, Thank you for your comment. Hope you will try them, I think you will like them. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  11. I love anything make ahead, so these do some very good! I like how you sectioned the meat, never seen that before. I have been using more toward poultry than beef so glad you did! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    1. Thank you so much for you very encouraging comment and for sharing. Thank you for having your party each week. Blessing, Jo-Ann

  12. Hi Jo Ann,
    Great tips and ideas for your awesome Meatballs, I can't wait to try them. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Thank you Mix Helen for you encouraging comment. Hope you enjoy the meatball recipe. Thank you for sharing. You make all your recipes look so enticing. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  14. Jo-Ann,
    These meatballs look amazing! I love the idea of having them already cooked in the freezer. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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