Lets talk potlucks! What would you feed a crowd of ROTC college students? What if you only had about couple hours notice? That was my question just the other day, I even posted it on my Facebook page, but then I remembered I had some Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs in the freezer!
About Cooked Perfect brand meatballs: “Our Cooked Perfect brand meatballs are flame broiled to sear in the natural flavors and spices. They offer all the taste and none of the hassle of homemade and are more nutritious and affordable than other alternatives. Cooked Perfect meatballs go great with your favorite pasta dish, make delicious appetizers for any party, or can make the perfect meatball sub-sandwich. The possibilities are endless.” ~ From Cooked Perfect
I have made homemade meatballs, and I have used other brands of frozen meatballs in the past but one thing I like about the Cooked Perfect brand is the variety. There are more options than Beef/Turkey!
Italian Style – in Dinner, Bite and Hearty sizes
Swedish Style – in Bite size
Turkey Style – in Dinner sze
Turkey Italian Style – in Bite size
Angus Beef Style – in Dinner size
Homestyle – in bite size
Four Cheese Style – in Bite size
For my recipe I used the Italian Style meatballs in the Dinner size. These are not a single bite meatball, or an appetizer size at all. In fact, if you look at the finished photo that is a good sized salad plate and there are only 2 meatballs on it.
Why did I take a photo with only 2 meatballs? Well, silly me forgot to take a photo of the whole casserole and once the potluck started I had to work with what I could grab. They wiped out my casserole!
To make a crowd pleasing meatball casserole you will need:
- 1 bag of Cooked Perfect Italian Style Meatballs – Dinner Sized
- 1 button squash diced (about 2 cups, any squash could work)
- 1 cup zucchini shredded
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 3 cups fresh spinach – kinda chopped
- 2 big can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 Tbs basil
- olive oil
- mozzarella cheese (2ish cups)
In a pan, put a bit of olive oil and then toss in the squash, zucchini and onion with a pinch or two of salt – just to get them cooking. Once they have started cooking and the onions begin to get a bit of color on them, toss in the “kinda chopped” spinach, and garlic. Mix that all up to get the flavors mixing and then turn off the heat. Add in your crushed tomatoes and set aside. It can just hang out while you get your baking dish ready.
Put the Cooked Perfect meatballs into a baking dish, I used a big glass casserole pan and it worked great and had enough room for all of the meatballs and sauce. Pour the veggie & sauce mix over the top. You may have to smoosh it all around to evenly spread the meatballs and the vegetables. Top with mozzarella cheese. I used about 2 cups, but you can use any amount you like.
Bake at 350, for about 45-55 minutes. Remember those meatballs were frozen going in, so they need to heat all the way through!
This casserole DISAPPEARED! I barely got the 2 meatballs for the photo, they gobbled it up like crazysauce.
Try my recipe, or find one that is perfect for your family on the Cooked Perfect Recipe page! You can also use their product locator, to find out what products are available in your neck of the woods, or connect with them on Facebook.
Love to cook for your family? Come back later this week for a Cooked Perfect Meatball Night Package Giveaway! (Giveaway starts November 20th!)