Meatballs in Merlot
photo by French Tart
- Ready In:
- 4hrs 15mins
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickles, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup red wine (Merlot)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- In a medium bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, pickle, parsley, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Roll mixture into 2-inch balls. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, brown the meatballs in olive oil. Transfer the meatballs to a slow cooker.
- Discard any fat from the pan and return to heat. Add the red wine to the hot pan and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Allow the wine to cook and reduce by half.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and beef broth. Stir the mixture into the wine, then pour over the meatballs.
- Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours. Serve meatballs and sauce with rice, potatoes or pasta.
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Tasty sauce, but the meatballs needed additional pizzazz to make a 5 for me (a half slice of bacon, maybe prior to browning?). DH is looking forward to his next set of meatballs. Formed and cooked the meatballs on Saturday, stored half in the refrigerator for tonight's dinner (Monday) and half in the freezer for a reprise. As an experiment, I served over Recipe#353717 to reinforce the Merlot taste. If doing so, try sprinkling some parmesan cheese, then a lot of thinly sliced green onions, on top of the pasta, and placing the meatballs on top, topped with their own Merlot sauce. Thanks for sharing, Boomette! Made for Spring 2009 Pick A Chef.
I have just made this for lunch today Boomer! This was AMAZING - so rich and robust, full of flavour! I made it EXACTLY as posted and then mixed the sauce and meatballs with pasta shapes - served it with more merlot and some romanesco as the vegetable. Superb recipe that was easy to follow and delivered 100% in the taste stakes - thanks Darlink France! Made for Photo Tag - FT:-)
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