How to Cook Frozen Meatballs in the Crockpot – Just Cook
Last updated on November 4, 2022
Frozen dumplings are a great staple to add to any dinner of the week. If you know how to cook frozen dumplings in the cooking pot, then you can put dinner on the table with little effort.
Meatballs go with so many recipes. Combine them with spaghetti and marinara, or soak the dumplings in a spicy barbecue sauce; Either way, you have a deliciously meaty meal that will please a crowd.
We love meatballs for their simplicity, and today, we’d like to introduce an advance preparation option that makes them even easier. With this guide, we’ll teach you how to prepare and freeze dumplings ahead of time, then pour them into the pot the next time you need a low-effort meal.
Crockpot Frozen Meatballs / Slow Cooker Guide
In this guide
, we’ll cover:
How to Cook
- Frozen Dumplings in the Mechanical Cooking Pot How to Freeze
- 3 Tips for Making Crockpot
- 5 Meatball Recipes You Can Try in Your Own Kitchen
We hope this guide inspires you to include meatballs in your next meal preparation plan. They are so good.
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frozen dumplings is quick and easy! How to cook frozen dumplings in the slow cooker The method of
cooking frozen dumplings
in the slow cooker
is very simple. You will need two things: frozen and fully cooked meatballs and your favorite sauce. You can use fully cooked homemade dumplings that you freeze yourself, or you can even use store-bought fully cooked and frozen dumplings for a super easy meal.
As for sauces, there are many options: marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, Swedish meatball sauce, sauce, curry, and the list goes on.
- Add your frozen and fully cooked meatballs to the slow cooker. Pour your favorite sauce and stir to cover the meatballs. Use enough sauce to cover the dumplings.
- Simmer for four to six hours. Make sure your dumplings have reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
How to Freeze Meatballs for the
Prepare your meatballs
- according to the recipe (read on for more tips on how to prepare them PLUS some great meatball recipes to try in your own kitchen).
- Let your meatballs cool completely
- Place the dumplings in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until they freeze solid.
- Transfer frozen dumplings to a freezer bag or other freezer-safe container and label the container with the contents and date. That’s it!
3 Tips for Preparing and Freezing Meatballs for Future Slow Cooking
Tip #1 – Cook the dumplings before freezing.
We know you’re wondering, why would I cook foods I plan to freeze and cook later? Well, if you plan to use the slow cooker to heat frozen dumplings, it is safer to work with fully cooked and frozen dumplings. This is because you want to keep food at properly hot temperatures to avoid the “danger zone,” or the temperature range of 40°F to 140°F where bacteria grow most quickly.
If you use raw, frozen meat in a slow-cooker, it opens up to an extended stay in that danger zone. For that reason, it’s best to use the slow cooker more as a gentle reheating method for fully cooked frozen dumplings.
Now, if you plan to thaw your frozen dumplings first, or cook them in warmer environments like the oven or stove, go ahead and freeze them raw.
Tip #2 – Keep the meatballs on the smaller side.
The best dumplings for freezing and reheating are small to medium bites that will stay moist when dipped in sauce. Save the giant, spectacular dumplings to make and eat fresh.
Tip #3 – Use moisture-rich binders.
Since we will be cooking and reheating these dumplings, it’s always a good idea to imbue moisture in any way we can. Some moisture-rich ingredients (which also work as binders) include eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, and even grated vegetables like zucchini.
5 Meatball Recipes
With These delicious meatball recipes are perfect whether you use a slow cooker or not. If you decide to use the slow cooker, follow our method detailed above when it comes time to cook the dumplings.
Marinara meatballs are the perfect Italian-inspired protein
Wounded turkey zucchini dumplings These
light, vibrant turkey dumplings get an extra dose of moisture from grated zucchini. Along with bright herbs like mint, cilantro, and dill, the taste of these juicy little bites can’t be beat. We would serve them in a pita with some chopped romaine lettuce, cucumber and feta cheese. They would also make a hearty protein option to top a salad.
Pork and beef
Have you ever combined pork and beef in your meatballs? Sometimes combining the two produces even more succulent results than either meat alone. That’s what we’ve found with these meatballs, which have a classic flavor with just a hint of salt and pepper. Eggs, milk and panko breadcrumbs are excellent binders. That’s all you’ll need for these unctuous meatballs.
are looking for a simple method, these easy meatballs cannot be beat. While simple, they boast the perfect balance of flavors, with ingredients like ground beef, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic paste. We would serve them in a classic spaghetti and red sauce.
Meatballs are a great way to sneak into extra vegetables
. Mediterranean meatballs With feta cheese and fresh mint, these Mediterranean
are a great recipe when you’re looking for something different. We also love the additions of fresh oregano, aromatic garlic and salted onion. We use ground beef on base here, but you can adapt these meatballs to any ground beef you have on hand. The ground chicken would be delicious!
Cheeseburger and bacon dumplings Here’s
an appetizer-worthy meatball you can make in the slow cooker to make meetings easier. Made with ground beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, ketchup and panko breadcrumbs, these dumplings have all the pieces of a burger covered. They really bring home the flavor of the burger once you add a special homemade sauce, complete with mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and chopped dill pickles.
With these great recipes and all the tips and tricks set out above, you’re ready to freeze some dumplings and put them in the slow cooker for an easy meal. Yum!