Moscato Meatball Skewers

Spicy sausage meatballs spiked with Red Moscato wine, these Moscato Meatball Skewers are served alongside a cool yogurt sauce for a perfect appetizer or main course.

Moscato Meatball Skewers | Melanie Makes

I love food and drink holidays.  You know, the days or month that celebrate a specific type of culinary creation?  Just like last month was National Grilled Cheese Month, this week there’s National Moscato Day on May 9th.  To celebrate, this week’s Sunday Supper recipes all include or are perfectly paired with a  Gallo Family Vineyards‘ Moscato.  In the case of my recipe, it’s both!

Moscato Meatball Skewers | Melanie Makes

Gallo Family Vineyards actually produces three different varieties of moscato: red, white and pink.  When I read that their Red Moscato brings out flavors of sweet citrus and peach, with a bright red berry finish and paired well with spicy cuisine, I knew it was the one I wanted to work with.  I love spicy food!

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These skewers are a play on an appetizer I was served at Michael Symon’s book signing last fall.  This man’s love of Cleveland is abundant and he was so personable in the limited amount of time I was able to chat with him.  These Moscato Meatball skewers are perfect as an appetizer when getting together with friends or could even be served as an entree for your family as an easy weeknight meal.  With a limited ingredient list and minimal prep time, you’ll sure to love them as much as I do!

Moscato Meatball Skewers | Melanie Makes

Moscato Meatball Skewers
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Serves: 32 meatballs
  • 2 pounds bulk spicy Italian sausage
  • ½ cup Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sausage and moscato until combined.
  3. Using a medium cookie scoop, form meatballs and place on baking sheet, evenly spaced.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together all other ingredients to create yogurt sauce.
  6. Thread meatballs onto skewers and serve alongside yogurt sauce. Garnish with additional cilantro and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Michael Symon's 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 meatballs

Moscato Meatball Skewers | Melanie Makes

These skewers are not only spiked with Moscato but are then sprinkled with fresh cilantro and Parmesan cheese and served alongside a cool yogurt and cucumber sauce, these skewers pack a flavorful punch!  

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  1. I’m impressed that these meatballs didn’t require a binder. Very nice!

  2. These meatballs were meant for me. Oh how they look so good!

  3. Sausage/meatball skewers — I’m in love! This looks absolutely mouthwatering!

  4. I have been craving meatballs for like two weeks now! I have just enough red Moscato leftover to make these so they are going on the menu this week! Thanks for sharing these delicious meatballs!

  5. I’m making these for my party next week! Delicious!

  6. I’m all over these meatballs! Mostly because you used spicy sausage, totally unexpected! Also I’m pretty sure we used the same background in our photos. :-)

  7. I love the idea of combining the wine with the spicy sausage! Sounds like they would make a great combo!

  8. Oh my goodness gracious! Now I want meatballs for breakfast – these look amazing!!

  9. Wow, these are gorgeous! I’m kind of jealous that you had a chance to meet the meat man, Michael Symon. I have his meat book. Pinning!

    • melanie says:

      He’s pretty awesome, Jennie. We have several of his books and he’s the reason my husband now smokes his own bacon. LOL

  10. Yum Meatballs! What a great appetizer! I would love to serve these at my next party!

  11. I love Michael Symon and these meatballs looks fantastic!

  12. Ohhh meatballs, I love them, Micheal Symon a great guy, I live in Cleveland and been to Lolita, I never met him, but have met his mom does that count LOL

  13. I love a good meatball! And I like the sound of Symon’s cookbook…will have to check it out!

    Lovely photos!

  14. Great idea to incorporate the red moscato, that lends itself to spicy foods, with a beloved meatball recipe.

  15. Love that you used spicy Italian sausage for these. I love using sausage instead of beef for meatballs. I’m so intrigued about the flavor the Moscato adds. Sounds amazing!

    • melanie says:

      Thanks, Courtney – we could have quite the meal if we served my recipe with yours. Sweet and spicy!

  16. These look great! I really should have breakfast before commenting–I could eat a whole plate right now!

  17. I love the use of Moscato in savory dishes…especially ones with a little spice! These meatballs look fantastic Melanie!

  18. I love Michael Symon. And I love these Red Moscato meatball yummies. You can bet I am saving this recipe.

    P.s. Good to know you are in Cleveland, Melanie..Love to say hello next time we visit my husband’s cousins in Medina =)

  19. What a glorious dish and your photos are top notch! Great post and wonderful recipe!

  20. Moscato goes great with spicy food! This is a perfect pairing

  21. How have I never thought to make meatball skewers before? So much fun. And I also love Michael Symon. He has a restaurant here in Detroit as well, and it’s pretty much my most favorite place on earth. I love that he is such a champion for the food scenes here in the Midwest.

  22. These are fabulous Melanie! I especially love that dipping sauce!

    • melanie says:

      Thanks, Tanya – I’m with you, I’m a sucker for any type of dipping sauce and this one pairs perfectly with the meatballs!

  23. These meatballs looks wonderful Melanie!! I love all of the flavors, so delicious. :)

  24. Prefect low carb meatball recipe! Love that they are baked too, no messy stove top clean up. Thanks for sharing!

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