Kick Off Football Season With These Merlot Meatballs

Kick Off Football Season With These Merlot Meatballs


It’s the official start of football season, and we’ve found the perfect recipe to make your tailgate a touchdown. These Merlot Meatballs are so savory and delicious, everyone will be cheering for the game to start, whether they are a football fan or not.

Bring your team of meat and wine lovers because this is a feast you are going to want to share.

Serves: 50 meatballs


  • 1 (26 oz.) bag of bite-sized Italian or Swedish meatballs
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup Sutter Home Merlot
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. water


  1. Put the meatballs in the slow cooker and set on low heat to thaw them.
  2. Add balsamic vinegar, Merlot, garlic, soy sauce, and honey to a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Once the saucepan comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add the butter to the mixture, stirring continuously to thicken as the butter melts.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until the starch completely dissolves
  6. Stir the cornstarch and water mixture into the sauce.

Cook the sauce for another 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  1. Pour sauce over the meatballs in the slow cooker.
  2. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 1½-2 hours, or until meatballs reach an internal temperature of at least 160 F.

Game on!

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