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I hope someone can give me some suggestions here. After my daughter's wedding, there was a ton of leftover meatballs (they were appetizers). They have been frozen, but we are sick of just spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce. Does anyone have some imaginative recipes that will incorporate cooked meatballs? Please help. I dread being invited over to dinner at her house, because I know what's on the menu.
By cett from Malta, Europe
If they're not frozen in spaghetti sauce, you can serve them with brown gravy from a packet, like meat loaf or salisbury steak.
If they aren't frozen in sauce, you can put them in a sauce made of chili sauce (tomato based) and grape jelly, and simmer on low to make a really tasty cocktail meatball. That's how I used mine from my wedding. They're good with a stroganoff-type sauce over noodles or rice also.
Could they be threaded onto shish kebobs with veggies like bell pepper and onion and grilled while basting with a sweet and sour sauce? This might be a fun use.
About.com's Busy Cooks section often features uses for frozen meatballs. Here's the link to recipes for casseroles, soups, etc: http://busycook ecipes/124164/3/
I like to make Swedish Meatballs. Use one container of sour cream, and one jar of Brown gravy. (the powdered gravy will work too, but prepare according to the directions first). I add a little onion and cook in crock pot. Serve as an appetizer or over noodles.
Use them for Swedish Meatballs. Mix 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 can Evaporated Milk together and add meatballs. Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes. These are really good!
Take jumbo shells and cook just until tender. If meatballs are large, cut in half and insert one into each jumbo shell. Place in pan and pour spaghetti sauce, of your choice, over all. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake until warmed through. Serve with garlic bread or rolls. It is easy and delicious.
If not frozen in the sauce I would think you could make Italian Wedding Soup. It contains meatballs, orzo & kale usually. I know you could find a good recipe for it online and the big plus...no more red sauce.
Cut them in fourths, sprinkle a little Mexican spice on them & use them in taco salad, or you can add them to your favorite nacho recipe. You can probably use them in Tater Tot casserole too. Just Google recipes for Tater Tot casserole and make the one that looks good.
Ask around and see if she could trade some of the meatballs for other food. Or feed a church youth group with some of them. If you freeze them in sauce or gravy, they will last a long time frozen. You could throw a big block party and feed everyone plus have fun too. Could dice up and add as a topping to pizza, chili, casseroles.
I especially like the (above) shish kabob with sweet/sour sauce (maybe with rice or pasta and fruit. Also, meatballs with a yoghurt/cucumber/onion or garlic sauce on pita. Such a pity for you that they weren't all eaten. One never hopes for a power outage but maybe a few gentle hints about giving them to the less fortunate would solve your situation. Best wishes.
Thanks for the suggestions. This may come as a surprise to many of you, but although Malta is not a rich country by any means, there is no such thing as the truly destitute. Everyone has enough to live and get by with here. The social assistance structure seems to work well here plus the fact that the (very wealthy) Catholic church offers much help and assistance. That's why we are stuck with all this food! We can't donate it because nobody needs or wants it!