Meat

10 Ways to Turn Frozen Meatballs into an Easy Weeknight Dinner — Tips from The Kitchn

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Meatballs are some of my favorite foods to make and eat. They are so versatile and can be adapted any number of ways to feature a wide range of flavor profiles. It seems that almost every culture has some sort of meatball in its recipe box.

Keeping a stash of frozen meatballs on hand can open the door to any number of easy weeknight dinners. You can make your own meatballs and freeze them for convenience, or simply pick up a bag in the freezer aisle to use at a moment's notice.

Consider these options next time you're stumped for what's for dinner:

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Recipe: Weeknight Teriyaki Meatball Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Keeping a bag of meatballs in the freezer means a quick meal is never far away, but that doesn't mean it always has to be spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs. Yes, frozen meatballs do tend to be Italian flavored, but the seasoning is usually mild enough that we can easily change their flavor profile.

Simmered in an easy teriyaki sauce made with pantry staples that require minimal chopping, then tossed with udon noodles and a bag of frozen vegetables, this fast dinner has it all: tender meatballs cooked straight from the freezer, chewy noodles, and vegetables all coated in a sauce that will please little ones and adults alike.

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Recipe: Pepperoni Chips — Easy Snack Recipes

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The first time I made these pepperoni chips for a dinner party with friends, I put them down alongside the cheese and olives, turned back into the kitchen to get my wine glass, and by the time I returned, the chips were gone. I really am not kidding. These crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy little guys are sure to be a hit among anyone you serve them to. Not only do they require just one ingredient, but they also happen to be gluten-free. Make a big batch to enjoy over happy hour, to pack up for a snack for the kids, or to munch on during the afternoon slump — they work no matter the occasion.

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This Meat Delivery Company Is So Awesome for Single People — Meat Market

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There are many things I prefer to do solo: grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. It's faster and more efficient, yes, but it also offers a sort of meditative break from my regular job, which involves sitting at a desk all day long. One might argue there is a good reason I'm single!

But there are limitations to my single status. From recipes (almost always designed to serve four to six) to loaves of bread (why are they so big?), I inevitably end up eating the same thing until I'm bored to tears, sticking it in the freezer and forgetting about it, or feeding it to my dog.

This is especially true when it comes to meat. That family pack of chicken thighs? Great if you are feeding a family; not so great if you are feeding one. Until recently, I was basically an at-home vegetarian. Until recently, I had definitely never cooked a steak for myself.

And then I discovered Greensbury Market, an online meat delivery company based in New York.

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10 Burgers for National Burger Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

I really don't know who designates days to be all about a certain food. The industry? Intensely enthusiastic fans of Nutella, Fig Newtons, and Peach Melba? Well, whomever decided that today is National Burger Day seems right on time. Memorial Day is here and the holiday kicks off a whole summer of burgers — are they in your menu plans?

From a tutorial on grilling the juiciest burger ever to lots of vegetarian burgers (including my own favorite, black bean and edamame burgers — yum!), we have 10 recipes to get National Burger Day off to a good start!

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You Can Make Prosciutto Even Better. Here’s How. — Tips from The Kitchn

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It's really hard to improve on prosciutto (preferably with some good cheese and bread, on a picnic blanket in a park somewhere). The Italian cured meat is one of my favorites and I'll take any excuse to pick up a little from the store. But while it's hard denying the pleasure of eating it as is, I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy it. I've tried (and highly recommend) crisping it to toss with pasta, but just recently I took this salty pork to a whole new level of deliciousness — by candying it.

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