Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beef Mix for Meatloaf and Meatballs

You can use this recipe to make three meatloaves and a lot of balls, all loaves, or all balls if you want. It freezes great and it is so nice to get meatballs out for sandwiches, spaghetti, etc. This great recipe I got from my friend Sarah H. who's learned how to cook for the chilly days in Chicago!

24 oz. tomato sauce
3 c dry bread crumbs
7 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c onion, chopped
1/2 c green pepper, chopped
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. marjoram
8lbs ground beef

Combine first eight ingredients. Add ground beef and mix well. Divide mixture in half.

"MeatloafShape" half the mixture into 3 loaves and place in high-sided baking dish. Don't allow the loaves to touch while baking. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool; wrap in heavy foil. Put in freezer bags.
To serve: thaw loaves and bake in 350 oven for 30 minutes.

For 2nd half of mixture for meatballs:
"Meatballshape" into meatballs and place on broiler pan. Bake uncovered in 350 oven for 30 minutes. Divide into meal size portions. Freeze individually on a cookie sheet and then place in freezer bags.
To Serve: thaw and reheat with your favorite sauce or in the oven until heated through.

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