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Meatballs In Slow Cooker From Frozen

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Daniel Brown
• Thursday, 02 December, 2021
• 7 min read

A lot of foods just seem to work best when they're made ahead in large batches, so you don't have to fuss with them on the day of your meal. It's not that they're difficult, but messing around with raw ground meats isn't necessarily something you want to do on a regular weeknight.

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Whether you make your own and freeze them, or just cut to the chase and buy them frozen, you'll never lack for meal ideas while you've got them on hand. They can be simmered in sauce, skewered for the grill, wrapped in a tortilla or even just served on a tray with toothpicks.

Your meal will eventually reach a safe temperature but in the meantime, many bacteria can create heat-stable toxins that will still make you sick. As long as they aren't frozen to begin with, your favorite Crock-Pot meatball recipe will work just fine and the end result will be a meal that's food safe.

Ideally, this means you'd take your bag of meatballs out of the freezer the night before, and let them thaw in your fridge. One is to thaw the bag of meatballs in a bowl or sink of cold water, and the other is to use your microwaves defrost feature.

Your meatballs won't spend nearly as long in the danger zone if you're starting with a preheated sauce, and ideally with a rewarmed slow cooker as well. I am all about easy meals so these frozen meatballs in Crackpot are great for busy days we have often.

You literally throw it all in there, using frozen, plop the top on and walk away. Whether you’re making Crackpot spaghetti and meatballs, or just want to cook butter noodles on the side, it’s our go-to meal.

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It’s not like you have the risk of raw pork or beef in your slow cooker this way. Just throw them in rock hard (precooked) and cook.

You can leave in for 8 as well, and they’ll be just fine, less than that though, and they won’t be as tender as you want. Nature’s Promise is quite popular, I buy Jacksonville quite often, and Amy’s meatless version is a good vegetarian option.

I dumped in one bag with a jar of spaghetti sauce and turned it on low. I left them on warm for another hour until dinnertime and paired them with butter egg noodles, our fave.

You can use the sauce from our Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs' recipe if you like those flavors. Of teriyaki sauce with a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top when done.

Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce is an easy recipe Whisk together a jar of grape jelly + chili sauce and pour that on top for Crackpot grape jelly meatballs. Add ingredients Pour frozen meatballs in slow cooker.

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I wouldn’t recommend cooking on high but if you’re in a hurry you could. It is a great recipe that’s really versatile depending on your taste buds.

If you want to make a batch of homemade basic meatballs you can do that too. You’ll need to bake them beforehand, then add them with sauce and keep on low for just a few hours to warm.

For a super FAST way to go, follow our frozen meatballs in air fryer directions. Made with bacon and brown sugar, it is savory and sweet all at the same time.

Put lid on and set to low for at least 6 hours to get really tender, could push it to 8. If serving to a crowd, turn to warm after 8 max hours on low.

Brown sugar, frozen meatballs, soy sauce, vinegar, corn starch If saving time and “set it and forget it” are a few of your favorite words, then for you, a culinary marriage made in heaven includes a giant bag of precooked frozen meatballs and your slow cooker.

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The frozen, pre-made meatballs come out tender and flavorful, and you do not have to worry about food safety since they are already fully cooked. Or, if you enjoy spending some time in the kitchen, you can use your own homemade meatballs in any of these crackpot recipes.

A good trick for cooking homemade meatballs is to bake them in the oven instead of frying them in a skillet. If you use extra lean ground beef, freshly prepared meatballs can cook right in the crackpot.

Tender meatballs are cooked in a spicy sauce, then the cheese is stirred in at the last minute to make everything creamy and rich. Easy Meatball Soup You only need to raid your freezer for frozen meatballs and mixed vegetables and your pantry for beef broth and canned diced tomatoes to make this easy meatball soup in the slow cooker.

These easy Swedish meatballs use frozen meatballs, beef broth, water, condensed mushroom soup, garlic powder, a packet of brown gravy mix, and a can of evaporated milk for a super smooth creamy finish. So easy to make and these meatballs are always a family favorite for dinner.

This is not one of those slow cooker recipes that can be cooking all day long and kept on the warm setting for a couple of hours. I tried using sour cream, which is the normal ingredient in Swedish meatballs, but I found that it takes forever for it to mix into the sauce and when it do you end up with these small white chunks of sour cream in your sauce.

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I don't have a good homemade meatball recipe that I can recommend but a simple search on Pinterest would yield lots of homemade meatball recipes to choose from. You could also eat them as is, make meatball sandwiches with them, or serve them over rice.

It will probably change the flavor slightly, so I can't say for sure what the results would be if you used a different creamed soup. Frozen meatballs cook in an easy homemade sweet & sour sauce all day.

In a small bowl add the beef broth, cream of mushroom soup, gravy packet contents, garlic powder, and water. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 4-5 hours.

The meatballs can be in there the entire 5-hour cook time, but just know that once you add the evaporated milk it's best to eat the meatballs soon after so you can maintain that smooth creamy gravy sauce. Serve immediately over some cooked egg noodles or rice.

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