Ree Drummond's All-Purpose Freezer Meatballs | The Pioneer Woman | Food Network

Ree whips up a big batch of meatballs to freeze and have on hand for meals!
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All-Purpose Meatballs
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes firming time)
Active: 1 hr 5 min
Yield: 125 meatballs


5 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil


To make the meatballs, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, cream, parsley, mustard, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well with your hands. Scoop out 1-tablespoon portions and roll them into balls with your hands. Place the meatballs onto parchment-lined baking sheets and put the baking sheets in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes for the meatballs to firm up.

To brown the meatballs, heat the olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook, turning the meatballs to make sure they brown all over, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.

Freezer instructions: Put the cooked meatballs in a single layer on baking sheets and put into the freezer. When frozen, divide them into freezer bags, 25 per bag, and return them to the freezer.

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Ree Drummond’s All-Purpose Freezer Meatballs | The Pioneer Woman | Food Network

26 Replies to “Ree Drummond's All-Purpose Freezer Meatballs | The Pioneer Woman | Food Network”

  1. I’m surprised you left your ring on while you mixed the hamburger up. 🙏👏👍🇺🇸

  2. Would love to taste that 😀 you make me hungry… thank you again! Subscribed 🙏❤️

  3. Can someone running the Food Network YouTube account get a message to editing that your close out music is TOO LOUD! One needs to up the volume to hear someone with Rees calm and gentle voice only to blasted by the closing music. Thanks in advance!

  4. Looks great!! Only things I would add are garlic, onions and parmesan cheese.

  5. Loved this video!!!! Reminds me of the old days!! Love the recipe! Excited to make these!! Thank you!!

  6. Great video.. BUT isn't it way easier to just keep them on the sheet pan & broil? The flavor probably won't be that different, especially for freezing

  7. I’m surprised you didn’t add ground veal or sausage, diced onion, diced bell pepper, diced mushrooms and/or any grated cheese to your mixture. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  8. 5 lbs of meat? Go on with your bad self. Enough to feed a teenage basketball team.

  9. Thanks,for the recape, im going to use this for my family dinner😄, my cousin reco is going to be crushed When every body says my dish looks and tastes even better then his😁😁

  10. Hey Ree, it looks like this page of comments has become a place for scammers and potential scammers to hang out. I know you can't completely avoid this. But I'm sure you and your entourage can make sure they get deleted. You know before people get distracted and are not paying attention to your.. All purpose meatballs 🤨🤨-those should probably go next to the all-purpose cleaners 👍

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