Blackberry and Pinot Noir Glazed Meatballs

by Shawnda on January 1, 2008

in Appetizers,Beef,Wine

Blackberry and Pinot Noir Glazed Meatballs

My husband and I took on the title of “home vintners” some time ago and we bottled our first four wines last year: Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and a Port. We always considered ourselves “white wine people” but our reds won our hearts over rather quickly. Our Port is our baby – it’s produced from the only varietal that grows well here, the Lenoir grape.

With nearly 200 bottles of wine under our roof, I’m always on the look out for new ways to cook using wine because, well, we don’t want to just drink it over the next couple of years. I regularly cook with white wine and have started looking for new ways to incorporate reds, namely our Pinot Noir, into dinner. The hints of blackberries and black cherries make it a fabulous candidate for a dark, rich and flavorful sauce.

It doesn’t have to be as labor intensive as a grilled beef tenderloin, though that’s a darn fine choice. If you happen to have leftover frozen meatballs in the freezer and a jar of dark berry preserves (black cherry or blackberry work wonderfully), you can have a killer appetizer on the table with only about 30 minutes notice from your friends.

Blackberry and Pinot Noir Glazed Meatballs

How good is it? My husband likes it. ‘Nuff said, right? While nothing will ever replace a simple, fresh marinara sauce in my husband’s eyes when it comes to serving meatballs, he really digs the Blackberry and Pinot Noir sauce. ::Sniff sniff:: I’m so proud of him :)

Have a good recipe that uses red wine? Leave me your link in the comments section!

Blackberry and Pinot Noir Glazed Meatballs

Blackberries and port add an elegant twist to the standby cocktail meatball.


  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shallots, finely diced
  • 1 cup blackberry preserves*
  • 2/3 cup Pinot Noir
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lb meatballs, cooked (if frozen, 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.


Yields: ~1 cup of sauce

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kitty January 1, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Looks great…what a good idea to use preserves. Glad you liked it!


2 peabody January 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Yum! I bet those were some great meatballs.
Here’s to a happy and stress free 2008!


3 Beth G January 1, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Those look amazing!! What a delicious idea!


4 Jerry January 2, 2008 at 9:32 am

I’ve got a great recipe for red wine braised ham, if you’re interested ;)

As I recall it was a serious hit with the Mrs. And I know darned well that i liked it


5 Deborah January 2, 2008 at 11:02 am

I don’t drink, but I cook with wine often. This sounds like a great appetizer!


6 melissa January 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

this looks like a nice idea for one of my goals this year expanding our (well, mostly HIS) palate with new ingredients and fresh alternatives. I’ll file this away and thanks.


7 melissa January 3, 2008 at 3:13 pm

whoops, I accidentally linked above to my personal blog. hmph.


8 Cheryl January 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I’ve always wanted to try fruit flavors on meatballs. They look insanely good.


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10 Mary B. November 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

You have an asterisk after blackberry perserves but I don’t see any note on them, is there a recipe?


11 Janina Locascio December 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

These little meatballs look perfect for any party. Thinking about making them for New Years Eve… is the pinot noir flavor stong??


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