Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good?

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2007/10/25 13:25:10 (permalink)

Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good?

howdy everyone...i got roped into cooking for my boyfriend's son's wedding, and what started out as 30 guests has quickly morphed into over 80...(bridezilla must have swedish meatballs, or she'll expire ]) i've heard that Costco makes a pretty good frozen one, and i'm thinking about "cheating" and using them instead of my own from scratch...(i work a fulltime job and only have 2 weeks until the wedding to finish all the cooking!) does anyone have feedback about this item to share? thanks!
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    EdSails
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 13:39:31 (permalink)
    Have you tried the ones from Ikea? They even have sauce available too.
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 13:44:16 (permalink)
    I use these meatballs all the time and they are pretty good. I either use a sweet and sour sauce or a barbeque sauce. I always fix these for my Christmas eve. snack get together and also bring them to work.
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 14:19:15 (permalink)
    I've been cheating my sweet and sour meatballs for years with a frozen 6-lb. bag from SAMS CLUB called Casa Di Bertacchi. (I think it's their private label brand.) They are consistent, have a decent texture, and are reasonably tasty. They are completely acceptable, especially if you're going to put them in sauce. At about $11.00 a bag, it's a good deal; figure in the shopping, mixing & cooking you won't have to do, and they are a bargain. I made sweet and sour meatballs last year for 50 people with four bags.
    One point: recently, it seems they have made the meatballs bigger, and changed the packaging to a green bag. If you can find the older version, in the reddish-brown bag, they are smaller and in my opinion better to use for your (and my) needs. I just found both on the SAMS CLUB website.
    Oh, yeah- and I'm sorry you got roped into this. Have fun anyway.
    Ron
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 14:34:49 (permalink)
    I suggest you take a trip to the Twin Cities.

    You can find some excellent swedish meatballs there!
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 15:15:20 (permalink)
    Had the Costco meatballs last night at a small function. They were in BBQ sauce in a crockpot and they were cleaned out! I like them.
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 16:10:48 (permalink)
    sneetch

    I have used them several times, grape jelly and chili sauce mixed together for the sauce and WOOF they disappear quickly.

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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 16:23:16 (permalink)
    I have used them (Sam's Club / Walmart)and I like the flavor. I make a sauce using canned mushrooms plus a jar of beef gravy, beef broth and 1/2 packet of onion soup mix -- you could add sour cream for a more Swedish-type gravy. Good for appetizers or over noodles.

    80 people - yikes! Is it all appetizers, or is it a full lunch/dinner? What is your menu?
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 16:53:20 (permalink)
    I like them with Buddy Roadhouse's sauces...try them all for different flavors!
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 17:31:23 (permalink)
    I prefer the Oh Boy frozen meatballs. IMO they have more taste than Costco.
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/25 19:43:44 (permalink)
    thank you all for the feedback - it seems that many people are happy with Costco meatballs, as well as the other pre-prepared brands mentioned, so Costco swedish meatballs it is...
    (hell, i may never make another homemade meatball again! woo hoo!)

    ivyhouse - it's a buffet, and i'm only partially responsible for feeding all those people...so far i've committed (i ought to be committed...) to thai-style coconut wings, indian butter chicken, cashew-lemon rice, the notorious meatballs with egg noodles, guacamole, and paella...(the paella is going to be the bear, but i've done my homework!)
    edsails - i love ikea meatballs! however, time is of the essence, and Costco is a mere 5 minute trip...
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/27 17:55:55 (permalink)
    I don't know if the Meatballs are any good, but at the last check out counter at my local Costco, there's this Sweedish babe I'd like to get a fork full. She always has the longest line, all men, happily awaiting their turn, disappointed when it comes, AHHH, the eye candy.
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    RE: Are Costco Swedish Meatballs good? 2007/10/27 18:34:58 (permalink)
    The ones from Ikea used to be good. They used to come with gravy that was frozen in container. Now they use powdered gravy mix in a packet. Not very good. The ones you eat in the ikea restaurant are still good. (probably made with that gross powdered gravy ha ha)

    I use walmart brand swedish/homestyle meatballs which are pretty good. I've used them to make swedish meatballs with gravy, sweet and sour meatballs and in a pinch spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce. No one even misses homemade meatballs.
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