Highland Meatballs With Mustard and Whisky Sauce

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. * If you substitute ground turkey or chicken, then season the poultry mix with thyme and sage and omit the coriander.
  2. TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Soak the crumbled bread in the milk for 15 minutes or until softened. Squeeze out the excess moisture and transfer the soaked bread to a food processor al ong with the egg, thyme, rosemary and coriander.
  3. Process until combined, then add the cooked onions, 2/3's of the meat, salt and pepper to taste, and process until blended.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the remaining meat and mix with your hands.
  5. Roll the meat into thirty two 1 1/2-inch meatballs, then roll the meatballs in the dry bread crumbs, coating all sides.
  6. TO COOK THE MEATBALLS AND MAKE THE SAUCE: In a 6- to 7-quart casserole, over moderate heat, heat the vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  7. In two batches, brown the meatballs making sure they are crisp on all sides. When they are brown, remove them with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  8. Add the shallots to the remaining fat in the casserole and saute for a couple of minutes or until tender.
  9. Add the garlic and mushrooms and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender.
  10. Add the whiskey and boil, scraping up the juices on the bottom of the casserole into the whiskey and simmer for a minute or so or until the whiskey has almost evaporated.
  11. Add the mustard and the flour and cook for a minute. Add 2 cups of the beef broth and bring it to a simmer, whisking all the while. Add the bay leaf and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  12. Adjust the seasoning and return the meatballs to the sauce (the dish can be made a day or two in advance up to this point). Simmer the meatballs, uncovered, to heat them and finish cooking them while you make the vegetable garnish.
  13. TO MAKE THE VEGETABLE GARNISH: In a separate 12-inch skillet over moderate heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the remaining butter.
  14. Add the carrots, sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup of beef broth. Cover and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until partially cooked.
  15. Add the leeks, celery and parsnips and 3/4 cup of water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.
  16. Uncover the skillet, evaporate the liquid over high heat until the vegetables are glazed. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  17. TO SERVE THE DISH: Discard the bay leaf. Spoon the meatballs onto a plate and top with mushrooms and gravy.
  18. Scatter glazed vegetables over the meatballs and garnish with the parsley.
  19. Serve with boiled potatoes or rice.
Most Helpful

I haven't tried this yet...the ingredients and steps appear to be daunting.

Kathy228 October 11, 2001

Wonderful recipe! I have to agree that it did look daunting at first, but it was worth the extra effort! Also, I left out the veggie garnish and served it with brown rice and sweet peas-- the family loved it! The only problem was that it didn't make enough sauce. My husband is a fan of lots of sauce...I doubled it and it still wasn't enough and ended up adding a little water to it to make it go further. But all in all, wonderful!

Love2bake2 February 09, 2009

I've been making this one for years, and it's always a crowd favorite. The meatballs are moist and tender, and the sauce is to die for! I usually don't bother with the veggie garnish. This is great as an hours d'erve or a main dish with rice or spuds.

Colin Scott July 15, 2006