Morency's Meatballs

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: About 40 cocktail-size meatballs
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2 cups canned tomato sauce

1 cup red wine 

2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 cloves garlic, chopped 

Juice of 1 lemon 

3 teaspoons salt

Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the baking sheets

1 pound ground pork 

1 pound ground beef 

1 small onion, finely chopped 

1 large egg 

1 small russet potato, peeled and shredded 


  1. Combine the tomato sauce, red wine, brown sugar, garlic, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Give it a good stir, bring it to simmer over medium-low heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the ground pork, beef, onion, egg, shredded potato and remaining 2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl. Gently mix together to incorporate all the ingredients. Portion out the meatballs using a tablespoon measure or small scoop. Shape into small balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on the prepared baking sheets evenly spaced out, about 20 per baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the cooked meatballs with the sauce and simmer for 30 minutes. (Or, in a 4-quart slow cooker, combine the sauce and cooked meatballs and cook on high for 2 hours.)

Cook’s Note

For easy clean up, line your baking sheets with foil.

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