I recently had a hankering for the Italian Meatballs recipe I developed as a newlywed, so I asked my husband to pick up a package of ground beef from the grocery store. You'd think after nearly 10 years of marriage I'd have now learned that it pays to be very specific when asking favors of him, but alas, he arrived home with a big. honking. 5-pound package of ground beef.
I hesitated for a second, and then I decided that now was as good a time as any to try my hand at a little freezer cooking...
Yessiree, I was not to be deterred by the fact that my largest bowl could barely contain all of my ingredients. I mixed and kneaded -- making quite a mess in the process, I won't lie -- and finally rolled until I was left with this lovely bowl of mini Italian meatballs, as well as three cookie sheets of larger meatballs that I popped in the freezer to be consumed at a later date.
Romano cheese has a very salty flavor which means you don't need to add a lot of salt for seasoning. You could substitute Parmesan or Asiago, whatever strikes your fancy, but I prefer Romano in my Italian Wedding Soup, and that's where my mini meatballs were destined.
Five pounds of ground beef yielded enough mini Italian meatballs for one batch of Italian Wedding Soup and two large Ziploc bags of large meatballs. However, you could easily halve it for a smaller family.