Food Fashion and Flow: Blackberry Pinot Noir Meatballs   

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blackberry Pinot Noir Meatballs

I love a good wine and Pinot Noir does not disappoint. I could not think of a better way to use one of my bottles than to make some delectable meatballs with a sauce that is so good, I wanted to drink some of it. I poured myself a glass, put on some Nina Simone and then in no time, these fragrant blackberry Pinot Noir meatballs were ready to devour.  Wine always adds a delicious flavor to meats and even if you are a non-drinker, the alcoholic content cooks completely out,but still leaves an amazing and complex blend of flavors.  The blackberry jam and Pinot Noir makes these meatballs, sweet, sticky, delicious, sophisticated. I used turkey for my meatballs, but this works just as well with ground beef or ground chicken.

These are so flavorful and on a skewer with blackberries makes a beautiful presentation.

The sauce...oh the sauce


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 cup blackberry jam
2/3 cup Pinot Noir
Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound cooked meatballs, if you are using frozen meatballs, make sure they are thawed


  1. Heat oil over med-high heat and saute the shallots in a saute pan.
  2. Add preserves, Pinot Noir, and 5-6 grinds of black pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Add meatballs to pan, stirring to coat. (You can also put the meatballs in a crock pot set to low and pour the cooked sauce over them. Stir to coat and leave on low.)
  5. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the meatballs are heated through, turning once or twice.
  6. Remove meatballs with a slotted spoon.
  7. Increase heat to med-high and reduce until the sauce thickly coats the back of a spoon. Taste and add salt, if desired. Transfer sauce to a serving bowl.
  8. Arrange meatballs on platter with toothpicks and serve warm.
 Bon Appetit:-)


Budget Chic said...

Oh man, I just copied this recipe. I think my boyfriend would enjoy this! He loves blackberries! Good looking out! ;-)

LV said...

@Budget Chic, I think he will love this and you too:-)

GlamorousGirl said...


Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

These would be a singular delight on my plate! What a gorgeous thing to share with guests. I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

What a creative sweet and savory combo!

Teems said...

This is the way to my heart. I definitely have to try this soon! :-)

Words Of Deliciousness said...

These are some yummy meatballs. The pictures look fantastic.

CEO(angie stone) said...

All I can say is good lawd!!!
That's all I can say. That looks so yummy!

angiejenkins2011 said...

WOW! You definitely cook like a chef. And the photos of your food could easily be in a magazine.

Joyful said...

Those look so good!

LA Lynn's said...

OMG!!!!! Like seriously... I have never heard of these but they look meatball-mazing!!!!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I'm not a huge fan of blueberries but that looks delicious!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Can I come live with you? These look so good!! xo

Michelle said...

Wow... I would have never thought of this pairing...looks interesting... and I bet the taste is quite interesting, too!

Cathleen said...

Your presentation is just gorgeous! I'm always a little afraid when I cook meat, I always think I'll screw it up. Though I can't believe I have never tried making meatballs before!

Val said...

This meatball recipe speaks my language and that language is delicious.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi lovely! You were on vacay when I put the photo up on the blog of the pretty orange clutch and giveaway goodies and left you a comment to say thank you ... hope you saw them! Oh my gosh, this recipe looks delicious! I'll pin it to spread the word! Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

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Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

I will try these ones, they look so yummy and i love blackberries!

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High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Looks so good!

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Kat said...

This looks scrumptious. I can imagine how well the flavours would blend. I love fruit with meat.

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