As a member of Crowdtap and the Johnsonville VIPs crowd, I was excited to recently get a chance to host an Italian Night with Johnsonville Meatballs! This sample and share opportunity was great for the holidays, since frozen meatballs are a convenient and tasty protein for hearty meals during the cold winter months!
I was sent a huge box that included a package of Classic Italian Johnsonville Meatballs and packs of dry ice (to keep the frozen meatballs cold!), as well as an extra coupon for a free bag of Johnsonville Meatballs to purchase at the store. The bag said that it contained approximately 28 meatballs, which is definitely enough for a meal to share with family and friends!
Over the Christmas holiday, my sister visited and we all met up at my parents’ house. I designated one night as our “Johnsonville Italian Dinner Night”, and we made pasta with marinara sauce and the frozen meatballs for our main dish! We also had some salad as well as leftover turkey from a previous holiday dinner.
The meatballs were very simple to prepare, which was much appreciated since cooking during the holidays and for several people can often be stressful! We simply spread the meatballs evenly in one layer over a baking sheet and baked them in the oven! For the sauce, we warmed marinara in a large pot and added some veggies like onions and mushrooms to simmer while the meatballs baked. Then we just stirred in the meatballs after they finished baking in the oven, and voila! Perfect sauce for a pasta night!
We cooked a box of rigatoni pasta and left it separate from the sauce so that each individual could serve up however much he/she wanted and spoon the sauce and meatballs on top him/herself. Parsley worked as a nice garnish and flavoring for the dish!
The meatballs looked wonderful, but they tasted even better than they looked! They were juicy and flavorful, and everyone in my family remarked that they were delicious! Unlike some meatballs we’ve eaten in the past, the Johnsonville meatballs were seasoned well and had a great texture. They were “meaty” and authentic-tasting, not “dry” or “rubbery” like some other brands I’ve tried. The Johnsonville meatballs definitely taste almost “homemade”, and I’m sure we could fool someone who didn’t see the package into believing that the meatballs were not actually frozen!
So overall we all really enjoyed the Johnsonville meatballs! They made our Italian Dinner Night perfect! We especially liked how easy the meatballs were to prepare, without suffering from any loss in quality! I’m sure there are many other simple recipes that we could use Johnsonville meatballs in, such as meatball sandwiches or even baked meatball casseroles! The Classic Italian flavor was perfectly seasoned, and I’m looking forward to trying the other varieties as well!
Thank you Johnsonville and Crowdtap for this delicious opportunity to sample and share Johnsonville Meatballs! I know I’ll be looking for these in the future when I have a craving for some hearty, savory Italian!