The Easiest Way on How to Cook Frozen Meatballs in Just 10 Minutes
Meatballs are very versatile dishes. All around the globe, different styles of cuisines have adopted these succulent offerings and added their own variations to them. These are good enough to eat on their own, but of course, they can be added to any number of viands, too. For example, it is common to see meatballs in spaghetti, soups, meatball subs and sandwiches, and many others.
Back in the day, it took hours to grind the meat and form them into balls. It then took even more time preparing and cooking the dish. Luckily, we are fortunate to have readily-available frozen meatballs whenever we want. As soon as you get a craving, you don’t have to wait too long. Just hit the store and buy a pack or two. This begs the question of how to cook frozen meatballs.
The same question may be asked by those who have lots of leftover meatballs. It’s wise to cook these in large batches if you’re making them from scratch instead of using store-bought ones. Reheating and cooking frozen leftover meatballs requires the same set of steps.
You don’t need to be an expert for this. It’s as easy as pie... meatball pie! (wink)
How to Cook Frozen Meatballs Using an Oven
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the meatballs, evenly spaced, on a baking tray. Use nonstick spray or brush with butter to avoid sticking.
3. Cook them for 10 minutes or until you notice a brown color.
4. Take them out of the oven and transfer to a serving dish.
5. If you are adding your meatballs to a different recipe (soup, pasta, or sandwich), be sure that the rest of the recipe is already prepared and warm to match the temperature of the meatballs.
How to Cook Frozen Meatballs Using a Toaster
1. Lay a sheet of foil on the toaster pan or rack to prevent any mess from the meatball grease later on.
2. Preheat your toaster to 350 degrees.
3. Place the meatballs on the toaster tray or pan. Have them evenly spaced, at least half an inch apart to facilitate even cooking. Do NOT stack your meatballs.
4. Cook for about 8 minutes or until you notice some sizzling going on. You can take them out if they start becoming golden brown, too.
5. Transfer them to a serving dish, or add them to your recipe if you’re cooking something else. Be sure to use tongs to protect yourself and maintain the shape of the meatballs.
How to Cook Frozen Meatballs Using a Microwave
1. Take a microwave-safe dish and lay a paper towel on it. Evenly space and place the meatballs on the dish.
2. Set the microwave to High. Cook for 3 minutes or until they are heated enough.
3. Do not immediately remove the meatballs after they are ready. Let them cool down for about a minute inside the microwave. Always use potholders when retrieving them.
4. Serve on a dish or add to your recipe.
How to Cook Frozen Meatballs Using a Stove Top
1. This method is for meatball soups or stews. Use tomatoes or tomato-based sauce for Italian dishes, and milk-based sauces or cream for Swedish dishes. Either version are delicious and work best for meatballs.
2. In a saucepan, add your cream or tomato sauce. Turn on the heat to Medium-Low.
3. Once the sauce is hot enough, add your meatballs. Stir a little to cover the meatballs entirely. The sauce helps cook the meatballs faster and more evenly.
4. Keep cooking and stirring every now and then. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
5. Do not allow the meatballs to boiling, because you will lose the desired consistency and the meatballs will become gummy or chewy.
6. Transfer to a dish and serve.
Meatball Cooking Tips and Tricks
- To make sure your meatballs are cooked all the way through, stick a food thermometer into them. Aim for an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- If you don’t have nonstick spray, you can use vegetable shortening on your baking sheet. Simply wipe or brush it on the sheet before placing the meatballs, if you don’t mind the extra calories.
- If you have leftovers, be sure to store them in the fridge WITHIN TWO HOURS of cooking. Properly stored, they can last for another three days or so. Otherwise, they must be eaten or thrown out right away.
- To save you time, cook a full bag of frozen meatballs at the beginning of your week. Keep them in the fridge or freezer and later reheat them to add to different recipes, like spaghetti and soups.
Having meatballs at the ready can be a lifesaver, especially for moms with kids. They can be cooked in bulk and re-cooked later on. This is convenient and practical in terms of saving time and money. Plus, they do well for all kinds of meals - snacks, dinners, lunches, and even as appetizers. You won’t need more than half an hour to whip up a whole dish!