Meat and Potatoes

Lance and I both grew up on good old fashioned meat and potatoes meals.  One of my favorite meals to fix:  BBQ meatballs and cheesy potatoes.  Double yum!  This meatball recipe makes a lot, so I usually divide it into three pans; one to eat and two for my freezer.  I freeze half of the potato recipe, too.  I love having meals handy for crazy days, or to give to a new mom or any family in need.


BBQ Meatballs

  • 1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 3 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder

Mix and shape into balls. Place in pan in a single layer.

Hint: Skip the mess (and have perfectly uniform meatballs)!  Shape your meatballs with a cookie or muffin scoop.


  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion

Mix together and pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 for one hour. (I cover them for 30 minutes and then uncover for the last 30 minutes.)




Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, diced and cooked (can use frozen hashbrowns, thawed)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1cup (or more!) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: 1 cup crushed cornflakes (or breadcrumbs) and another 1/2 cup melted butter

Mix first seven ingredients.  Spread in 9×13 pan.  Optional:  top with cornflakes tossed in melted butter.  Bake at 350* for 1 hour.



  1. I use that exact recipe for BBQ meatballs and we love it. I always have some in the freezer to use with spaghetti or meatball vegetable soup. They are very versatile. I even use them as the filling for cabbage rolls. Of course, I’ll add some cooked rice before I shape and freeze them. It makes it very easy to throw a meal together!

  2. Oh, my! These sounds absolutely delicious!! I love meatballs and the potatoes look easy and something we would love!

  3. Sounds delicious! My tiny little girl (the former preemie) recently ate TWELVE meatballs at supper… so I have no doubt she’d love this. I love to make my meatballs in bulk and freeze them in batches… you’re right, it makes life so much easier when things get crazy.

  4. BBQ meatballs and cheesy potatoes are one of our favorite dinners too! I make our bbq sauce almost exactly the same way too. I’m going to try your meatball recipe next time. It sounds great!

  5. Thank you, Amy! These recipes sound so yummy.:)

    I’ve been making a lot of new recipes lately, mostly to keep from being bored with cooking. Dh is just loving it.:) I will definitely be giving these a try.


  6. Sounds delicious! I would never have put those two together, what a great idea…two of our favorite things:)

  7. Double yum, sounds about right!!!
    Thanks for posting… I printed them off!

  8. This potato casserole is a staple at Christmas on my mom’s side of the family. Except we have a different name for it: Sinful Potatoes. 🙂 We’ll have two 9×13 pans and they both get scraped clean, usually the first time around the table. There are rarely seconds, much to our dismay!

  9. At what point do you freeze the meatballs? After you bake them? And then do you just thaw and reheat in the oven? Can’t wait to try these!!!

    • I freeze mine before I bake them. Because our local-farm meat is so lean, I can even pour on the sauce, then freeze. If your meat isn’t ultra-lean you might want to cook them about 30 minutes, drain the grease, then add the sauce.

      If you freeze them after cooking, just be sure to keep them tightly covered and warm on a low temp so they don’t dry out.

  10. I made your BBQ meatballs last weekend and my husband could not stop talking about how much he liked them! This recipe is definately a keeper.

  11. My husband took these meatballs to a potluck and they were the first thing gone. He was so impressed that they went so quickly and people were trying to figure out who brought them; he’s requested them for another potluck… but this time I have to save out a few for him. ; )

  12. I’m planning on stocking my freezer this time around when baby is due. This looks like a meal my hubby would love. 🙂 I saw that you freeze the meat balls uncooked. Do you thaw them completely before cooking? Or do you have some other method you use for your freezer batch? Thanks!

  13. Have you ever tried shredding some carrots and/or zucchini and adding it to your meatballs or meatloaf? Sneaking veggies in food is the only way I can get my 2 y/o to eat them, I was surprised when he ate more than usual once the veggies were added! Can’t wait to try these recipes!

    • I’ve added zucchini to spaghetti or other pasta/saucy dishes, and the kids were not impressed, LOL, but I’m one of the lucky ones. They eat their veggies without a fuss… most of the time. 😉

  14. Sounds great! About how many meatballs does this make? Do you think ground turkey would work OK? Thanks, Jenny

    • Oh, gosh. I don’t know numbers, but the recipe makes at least 3 meals for my family, with leftovers. 😉 I’ve never tried them with ground turkey…


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