Being Frugal With Skillet Meals - Meatballs And Potatoes In A Skillet

United States
March 11, 2007 7:21pm CST
One of the best ways to be frugal is through the food that we purchase, eat and how we cook it. If we can use our crockpot for a meal, we have saved alot of energy and money. The same goes for oven meals. I often make what we call an oven meal. Everything is made in the oven. The oven is full of various foods. I adjust the temperatures so everything can work in it. No, you dont need the oven on exact temperatures for most things. Everyone's oven is different anyway. I also love to prepare what we call a skillet dinner. I make the entire meal in one skillet, except for the bread which is probably in the bread machine. This is one of those skillet meals. It is so tasty and yet easy to make. This is one of those meals that you can make on a camp stove when the power is off to or on the burner on the grill. Use your imagination and be frugal. Enjoy Meat Balls and Potatoes in a Skillet 1 pound ground beef 2/3 cup uncooked rolled oats 1 medium onion chopped 1 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper 2/3 cup evaporated milk 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup shortening or margarine 4 cups thinly sliced raw potatoes (about 5 large) 2 medium onions, sliced 1 1/2 cups boiling water salt to taste 1/4 teaspoons pepper Place ground beef, oats, chopped onion, 1-teaspoon salt, dash of pepper and evaporated milk in a mixing bowl. Mix together lightly but thoroughly. Divide meat mixture in 12 portions and shape into balls; roll them in the flour to coat well. Melt shortening in a large frying pan. Add meatballs and brown on all sides over medium heat. When meatballs are well browned add potatoes, sliced onion, boiling water and the salt and 1/4-teaspoon pepper. Cover frying pan tightly with a lid, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 15 or 20 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Mar 07
This is a great money saving idea this also sounds like a great recipe.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Mar 07
I do it all the time, with beef, chicken, pork and I make difference sauces, curry, tomato, garlic beef gravy. It is very delicious and nutricious, I add my potatoes, meat, vegetables, all in one skillet then I make the gravy, sometimes if it curry for example I serve it over a bed of rice.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I am always trying to find quick easy meals. I hate to use more than one pan when I am cooking just for my husband and I and this sounds great. I also like to make oven meals. I usually make some kind of casserole dish then freeze the left overs. Thanks for another great meal idea.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Another great post, so I gave you another + for it. I tried this. It's excellent. I used ground turkey instead of the meat though. It was excellent. Thanks a lot honey. Keep em coming.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
One pot meals or casseroles are always tummy pleasing. Here is one of my meatball recipes. I hope you will give it a try. Meatballs Monte Carlo INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash pepper 1 pound ground beef 1 (1.5 ounce) package spaghetti sauce mix 4 (11.5 ounce) cans tomato juice 1 cup water 5 cups uncooked wide egg noodles 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, combine milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. 2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown meatballs; drain. Combine the spaghetti sauce mix, tomato juice and water; pour over the meatballs. Bring to a boil. stir in the noodles and olives. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I never have been one who liked to cook until recently. I have always bought dollar store brand pans and just recently I have found out that was a mistake. I broke down and bought a couple of T-Fal pans and boy what a difference. I now actually enjoy cooking and the recipe you have here sounds delicious. I am going to try it with my new pans.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
This sounds like something my husband would like.
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@GardenGerty (101839)
• United States
12 Mar 07
This sounds really good. It makes me want to run right out and buy some ground beef so I can make it. I really do not need to cook much, but if I made this it would also pack well in lunchboxes to warm up. Thanks for the great idea.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Thank you, this is exactly what I love to eat... meat and potatoes. thanks again and this one is to be printed out first thing once on my notepad. Keep these coming and this type of cooking was on television yesterday. Very fortuitous.