Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, and Homemade Gravy make a fantastic freezer-friendly meal! These recipes will please your whole family.
One of my favorite dishes is Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes. It may seem crazy and complex, but considering that all the components can be made ahead and frozen, it can definitely be a delicious weeknight meal no matter the season.
Simply make a bulk batch of meatballs, a big vat of gravy, and a large pot of mashed potatoes. Divide them into dinner-size portions, chill, label, and freeze. Super easy and so fun to pull out on a night when you want something homey and comforting, but don’t have it in you to stand at the stove.
Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes is also an economical dish. With potatoes selling for about $1-$1.50 for ten pounds, you can easily make up a batch of mashed potatoes for less than $1, accounting for butter, cream cheese, and seasoning. Recently I bought ground beef for $1.49 a pound, making a dinner’s worth of meatballs about $2 after adding eggs, spices, and bread crumbs. Add in a vegetable and you definitely have a good cheap eat.
Dinner for 4 for about $5!
Make up a batch of meatballs, bake, cool, wrap, and freeze in meal size portions. You don’t need to thaw them before reheating, making this an ideal dinner for the night your plan doesn’t go according to plan.
I’ve got a few favorite Meatballs variations:
- Bulk Batch Supreme Meatballs
- Hearty Gluten-free Meatballs
- This All-Purpose Meatball/Meatloaf Mixture
The Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes go pretty quickly around here, but when I take the time to make a lot, I’m always thankful I did! The best mashed potatoes for the freezer are the ones that contain a good amount of fat in the way of butter, cream, cream cheese, or sour cream.
These are the best for freezing:
- Mashed Potatoes for the Freezer
- Burning Love Mashed Potatoes (without the bacon topping unless you want to go for the gold)
For making fresh:
- Rebel with a Cause Smashed Potatoes (a great gluten-free option)
And of course…
The gravy is the best part out of all this! While my husband is not a gravy fan, I’m proud to have raised enough gravy fans among my six kids to justify making large vats of gravy. It’s so simple, and really pulls together the meatballs and mashed potatoes.
Storing meatballs in gravy and mashed potatoes
These can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Or these can be stored up to 3 months in the freezer.
You can keep the mashed potatoes in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen for up to 10 months. When you are ready to eat them, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Gravy will be good for 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container, and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw fully in the refrigerator before reheating.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/8 onion chopped for 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 2 cup beef broth
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme or dry dill if you prefer
- In medium saucepan, melt butter. Sauté onion until clear. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbly. Whisk in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
- Stir in seasonings. Serve immediately or cool, package in plastic container with a lid, label, and freeze.
- If using from frozen, warm on the stovetop and whisk to blend.
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