Easy and Delicious Gluten Free Meatballs

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Do you remember when I shared my DIY dry onion soup mix substitute?  In that post I mentioned that I use it mainly for making meatballs and I have been itching to share that recipe with you ever since.  This is a recipe given to me by my mom, who got it from an aunt, but I’m not sure where it originated before that.  I have modified it to be gluten free, but I will also provide you with the original options as well.

Easy and delicious gluten free meatballs - gluten free and freezer meal friendly

Now that potluck season and busy spring evenings are upon us, this is a perfect recipe to whip up in advance and keep in the freezer for a busy night or a last minute offering for the potluck gathering you forgot about!  (I always leave with an empty dish when I bring these meatballs.)

{A printable recipe with complete ingredients and instructions is at the bottom of this post…}

Meatball Ingredients Incorporated

Since I keep a batch of my dry onion soup mix substitute in the spice cupboard, I have the ingredients incorporated in no time.  The great part of this recipe is that it is easily gluten free using GF rolled oats, but it doesn’t have to be; you can use crushed saltines or bread crumbs as a substitute.

adding milk to gluten free meatball ingredients

Then I add the milk and give it a good mixing with my hands (remembering to remove my rings so I don’t have to waste time sanitizing them later on).

forming gluten free meatballs with one-inch scoop

The key to forming meatballs quickly and easily is to use a scoop.  (This is the one I use.) I love my one-inch scoop so much that I have one for meat and one for baking because I’m a germophobe like that.

gluten free meatballs in prepared pan

So using my trusty one-inch scoop, I fill two prepared 9×13 pans with meatballs in no time.  Then I just put them both in a 350-degree preheated oven.  I cook the meatballs for 15 to 20 minutes, then spoon the grease out of the pans, return to the oven (switching which pan is on the top rack if they didn’t fit on one rack), and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through. If you don’t use a one-inch scoop and end up with larger or smaller meatballs, you will need to adjust your cooking time.

cooked gluten-free-meatballs

After they have cooled, I put the meatballs in labeled freezer bags and pop them in the freezer.  When I am ready to use them, I defrost the number I want (just a touch…they don’t have to thaw completely), put them into a pot or crockpot, add my sauce of choice (I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes soon), and let them simmer until heated through.  Don’t let them cook too long or at too high of a temperature or they will dry out!

This same recipe makes a delicious meatloaf as well.  I will share those cooking instructions in a separate post.

 

 

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Easy and Delicious Gluten Free Meatballs
These quick and easy meatballs are gluten free and freezer friendly!
Easy and delicious gluten free meatballs - gluten free and freezer meal friendly
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
one-inch meatballs
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
one-inch meatballs
Ingredients
Easy and delicious gluten free meatballs - gluten free and freezer meal friendly
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except milk.
  2. Add milk and mix until all milk has been absorbed.
  3. Form meatballs using one-inch scoop and place in 9x13 pans that have been coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Place baking dishes in preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Drain off fats and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes.
Recipe Notes
  • If you would like to serve these directly after cooking, add your desired sauce after draining the fats and before the final 15 to 20 minutes of cooking.
  • If you would like to freeze these meatballs after cooking, let them cool completely, then place in labeled freezer bags in desired quantities.
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