Red Wine Meatballs Subs for #SundaySupper

When I think of my husband and a dish he would really love I tend to think of two things. meat and…..any kind of meat. He’s that kind of guy. He had a meat and potato dish every night for dinner when he was a kid. I make him steak for almost every special occasion we celebrate. When Gallo Family Vineyards reached out to partner with #SundaySupper with a theme of “A Father’s Day Feast, I couldn’t help but do something different for him.

GFV-family-logoI lost my father over ten years ago so when I met my husband he easily became the favorite man in my life. However, when he became a father, a whole different kind of love was born. We all have our different kinds of things we love to do for those special men in our lives. Nothing makes me happier than cooking for my husband, Isn’t he a lucky guy? I instantly thought of him and this theme when I bit into these little balls of goodness one night last week when gathering with friends. A few couples I’ve met over the years since having children get together every once in a while for different occasions. Whether it be a play date,  a birthday party or even my annual Christmas Cookie Swap I started this past year. We all have kids the same age so it may be madness when we gather but the kids have fun, the adults get to sip on wine and we share our favorite foods together. One of these lovely Mothers I happen to be talking about brought a plate of meatballs to serve with our Pasta that night. She then proceeded to tell me that she loves cooking with wine! My eyes lit up when she told me her secret ingredient was red wine! I immediately thought of Gallo and how I could make these meatballs using one of their red wines! The next day she gave me the rest of the ingredients and I got to work on creating these for my husband using Gallo’s Pinot Noir. I believe that the Cafe Zinfandel would work great in this recipe too. You can visit the Store Locator to go pick up a bottle, or two! Father’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate with family so don’t forget your wine and the $1 off Digital Coupon Gallo was so nice to offer. I also want to share a little about the Pinot Noir:

You can never go wrong by serving a bottle of our Pinot Noir. This medium bodied wine provides a smooth and light finish with aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors.

Ripe berry and subtle earthy flavors stand up to meaty fish like salmon, and pairs well with port, roast chicken, and mushrooms.

I altered a few things from the recipe my friend gave me go with what I had in the house and what my family enjoys. Play with the seasoning if you’d like, you can always use dried herbs, I just happen to have fresh herbs growing on my back porch.

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Makes: 2 dozen meatballs

1 lb. of ground pork
1 1/2 lbs. of ground sirloin
1/2 cup of red wine (I prefer Gallo’s Pinot Noir)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup of bread crumbs
1/2 Cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic Salt
Sub Rolls
1/2 Cup of shredded Gouda cheese


Preheat Oven to 350F.

Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Form into balls and place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes. Broil the rolls while the meatballs sit for 5 minutes. Feel free to eat them as is. I did. Feel free to freeze some. I did. Feel free to add them to your favorite pasta dish. I did!

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Nothing beats a crunchy roll! Place as many meatballs as you like in the roll and top with Gouda cheese (Yes it adds a fantastic smokey flavor!) What’s that under the meatballs you ask?? Well I wondered what to serve on my husbands rolls because I prefer nothing however I knew he would want something and since this dish was all for him I had to think of something “Manly” so I scanned the fridge and yes folks that’s Salsa! Perfect for him.

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

As you plan your Sunday Supper to celebrate that special Dad or Man in your life, feel free to check out Gallo’s Food & Wine Pairing Tool online. I know the best way to win my husband over is through a full belly so scroll down to see what other delicious meals were made this week using wine!

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17 thoughts on “Red Wine Meatballs Subs for #SundaySupper

  1. I MUST make these when my sons are home for dinner! They and their dad would go nuts for your marvelous meatball subs!

  2. Ooh – adding the wine to the meatballs is such a perfect idea (and drinking a glass as well…haha)!

  3. What a creative and tasty twist on a meatball sub – they look so delicious. My husband would absolutely LOVE these!

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