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Merlot Beef Meatballs (Rice Cooker Recipe)

Beef meatballs simmered in red wine sauce. The perfect holiday appetizer or easy dinner.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef meatballs, merlot sauce, red wine, rice cooker recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 387kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup merlot wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 10 tbsp heavy cream 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp butter

For the Meatballs *

  • 8 oz 90 percent lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dry unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown gravy mix
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a rack on a shallow baking sheet.
  • Mix all meatball ingredients in a medium bowl. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on rack on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 min or until lightly brown. Remove from oven; set aside.
  • Set rice cooker to COOK (or rice cycle). Add butter and let melt. Add the 1/2 cup onions and mushrooms. Saute in rice cooker until onion is beginning to get soft.
  • Add the meatballs to the pot. Add the merlot, brown sugar, water and the 2 tbs of cream. Close lid, set on COOK. Check in about 20 minutes--what you are looking for is the original liquid to be reduced about 50%--this GENERALLY happens when the cooker switches to warm, however, that's in my cooker and cookers vary. When you have the 50% reduction, open cooker and add the 1/2 cup of cream (you may have to add about 1/4 cup water) and stir well. Switch cooker back to COOK (or RICE) and cook until sauce is heated through and is your desired consistency.

Conventional Directions

  • Follow steps above, up to browning the meatballs in the oven.
  • In a large skillet or saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions and mushrooms. Saute over medium heat until onion is tender. Add the merlot, water, brown sugar and 2 tbsp cream. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove cover from pan. Turn up heat to reduce sauce by half. Stir in remaining cream.
  • Serve over noodles.
  • Makes 4 servings.

Notes

*Prepared frozen meatballs may be substituted for homemade meatballs

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg