Swedish meatballs! Meatballs are a staple worldwide and usually made from leftovers combing different cuts and types of ground meat. In Sweden, it’s common to find meatballs made with ground beef, pork and sometimes veal mixed together with breadcrumbs, onions and broth. You can even make Swedish meatballs with ground turkey or leftover chicken, elevating those birds to new status. Swedish meatballs are generally small — about one inch in diameter — and may be served in brown or white gravy. Remember to use organic meats or fowl for the best quality and taste, free of antibiotics, growth hormones and GMOs. Swedish meatballs make fabulous hors d’oeuvres for holiday parties or any get together, and pair well with a variety of different wines.
Wine pairings for Swedish meatballs
Shiraz wine is named after the ancient Persian capital of Shiraz, in Iran. Shiraz is known as a city of artists, writers, poets, wine and flowers. Shiraz, also called Syrah, is a bold flavored, red wine that beautifully complements most red meats. It has a ripe, smooth flavor profile and is medium to full-bodied. It speaks to the palate with flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, black pepper, bell pepper, dark chocolate, clove, licorice, and smoked meat.
Pinot noir is made from a black wine grape variety and Pinot noir grapes. These juicy morsels are grown around the world, however they’re primarily associated with the Burgundy province in France, which is known for some of the best wines in the world. The flavor profile is lighter-bodied than Shiraz and makes an excellent complement to red meats including game, such as venison. The flavor is reminiscent of plums, tomatoes, sweet red berries, cherries and some may have an earthy or wood-like undertone, depending on where they are grown.
For people who prefer white whines, Riesling is an excellent choice for pairing with Swedish meatballs, especially those made with turkey, chicken, veal and pork. Originally, from the Rhine region in Germany, this wine is very aromatic with a flowery, slightly perfumed scent, as well as having high acidity. Depending on where the grapes are grown, Riesling wine can range from dry to sweet and light to full-bodied. The flavor profile is highly aromatic with pear, peach and apple mixed with light floral undertones.
Merlot Red Wine Sauce
Many people enjoy flavoring their sauces with wine. Pairing Swedish meatballs with a red wine sauce is an excellent way to incorporate wine into the flavors of the meats. Merlot is one of the more popular red wines and easy to find in most markets. It is made from grapes that were originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France, but are now grown worldwide. The wine is medium-bodied and rich in juicy fruit flavors. The fruitiness of the wine and lower tannin levels make it a terrific wine for people just starting out with wine drinking and for cooking.
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