Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Frozen meatballs: not just for spaghetti anymore

Frozen meatballs: not just for spaghetti anymore

Friday, December 12, 2008

"From party appetizers to family dinners, frozen meatballs have got you covered. Keeping a bag in the freezer means you've always got the building blocks for an array of quick and easy dishes.

This week's ingredient: Frozen meatballs

Fast food: Frozen meatballs are already fully cooked, so heating them up can take less than five minutes in the microwave.

Budget buy: A 96-ounce bag of Casa Di Bertacchi meatballs is $12.88 at Sam's Club.

Trivia: Amazon.com has “101 Things to Do With Meatballs” by Stephanie Ashcraft for $9.99. Chipotle Meatball Pasta, anyone?

Dish 1: Berry Barbecue Meatballs

In a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, place 2 pounds frozen meatballs, 1 (16-ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce and 1 cup barbecue sauce. Cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours.

Dish 2: Meatball Stroganoff

Heat 1 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs according to package directions; drain liquid. Add 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup water, dash Tabasco, 1 cup sour cream, 1 small can drained mushrooms. Simmer over medium heat 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.

Dish 3: Philly Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Saute 2 sliced green bell peppers and 1 chopped onion in olive oil until tender. Microwave 16 meatballs with 2 tablespoons water for 4 minutes. Drain liquid. Combine 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup steak sauce with the meatballs. Divide veggies over 4 toasted sub rolls, add 4 meatballs and a slice of provolone cheese to each sandwich."

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