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This recipe was shared with me by Sharon Beran of Beran Vineyards of Hillsboro, Oregon. These meatballs are easy to make and so good and they are so addictive!
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Meatballs in Cranberry and Pinot Noir Sauce.
Cocktail Meatballs in Cranberry-Pinot Noir Sauce Recipe
Slow Cooker - Crock Pot
Yields: 50 small meatballs
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (hamburger)***
1 1/2 cups fresh
homemade bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pinot Noir Sauce (see recipe below)
* 1 (1-pound) bag frozen
cocktail-size meatballs may be substituted.
** Learn how to make
homemade bread crumbs.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a large shallow baking dish or pan.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, celery, onion, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and pepper: mix
well. NOTE: I find that mixing ground beef using my hands
is the easiest way. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place in one layer in prepared baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, turning once. Remove from oven,
drain grease from pan, and transfer cooked meatballs to a heated
chafing dish or a
crock pot/slow cooker; pour prepared Pinot Noir Sauce over the
meatballs. Over low heat, keep warm while serving, stirring occasionally. Serve with appetizer toothpicks or skewers.
Prepare Cranberry-Pinot Noir Sauce
NOTE: Meatballs may be made in
advance, After baking the meatballs, freeze in plastic bags. When ready to use,
place the frozen meatballs in the prepared Cranberry-Pinot Noir sauce and let
simmer in the slow cooker for approximately 1 hour to thaw.
Makes 50 small (1-inch) meatballs.
Cranberry-Pinot Noir Sauce:
1 (16-ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 cup Pinot Noir
2 teaspoons hot Chinese mustard
* Any red wine may be substituted.
In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, add
cranberry sauce, brown sugar, pinot noir wine, and Chinese mustard; stir to
combine. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat; set aside.