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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

porcupine meatballs

My friend Tori shared this recipe with me a few years ago and it's become another family favorite for us. After making it many times, we've tweaked the recipe to our liking. David loves to add a little bit of "this & that" to spice it up, and we love the flavorful results.


1 lb. hamburger
1/2 c. uncooked rice
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1-2 cans of stewed diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 c. water
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Seasonings as desired (oregano, pepper, garlic salt, Tabasco sauce)

Mix hamburger, uncooked rice, water, onion, celery salt, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Add an egg to help hold it all together. Shape into (about 16) balls and cook in skillet until all sides are brown. In a separate bowl, mix tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, 1 c. water and Worcestershire sauce and pour over meatballs. Heat to boiling. Add desired seasonings. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes. (Add water during cooking if necessary.) Serve over cooked rice.

Note: This takes about ½ hour to make and 45 minutes to simmer, so 1 hour and 15 minutes, from start to ready to eat.


Blogger AndreafromNoVA said...

We love porcupine balls! I've been eating this dish since I was a child. Now my husband and kids love it, especially my husband. It's so much fun to watch your kids enjoy the same meals you grew up on. I highly recommend this very yummy (and easy) dish to all who read this blog.


January 8, 2008 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger momoftwo said...

These sound delicious! I have NEVER heard of them before!!

January 9, 2008 at 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom used to make these for us when I was a kid (love them!), but I haven't found a recipe to make them as an adult. I am so excited for some good flashback food. Thanks!

January 10, 2008 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey friend.. this was a great recipe. one of my little ones is an aspiring chef... so I let her make these for us. it was a great success! thanks for sharing. (and you say you're not a foodie...)

January 11, 2008 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Becky, do you use regular or minute rice in the meatballs? A college friend gave me a recipe with minute rice, but I'd like to use the other if I can...

January 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Other people can probably figure this out but I don't seem to be able to. How many people do your recipes serve? I made the chicken farfalle and loved it but I wasn't sure whether to make 1/2 or 1/4 for 2 people. These meatballs sound pretty good, I think 1/2 should do it but I'm not sure.
Thanks, Jill

January 13, 2008 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We made Porcupine Meatballs tonight - they were yummo! My son asked if they were really made of porcupine - we laughed! Thanks for sharing.

Helen & the kids.

January 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

I have made this in the past from a recipe off of Rice a roni. I had lost the recipe in one of my moves, so glad to have this one now!


January 23, 2008 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Kristan said...

We made these the other night - Holy Hanna Batman, talk about yummy and delicious! I used two 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce and two small cans of stewed tomatoes and didn't have to add any more water. Thanks for sharing!!

January 28, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made these with my 4 year old the other night and it was so simple but so delicious!! EVERYONE ate them, even the 4 and 2 year olds who don't seem to like anything unless it has ketchup on it. Thank you for sharing this recipe and I hope that you have some more!

February 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Tried these last week and they were a huge hit. Thanks.

BTW, there is an awesome recipe blog with great recipes at www. Thought you might like to check it out. Anyone is welcome to submit their tried and true recipes to Amy and she posts them on the blog. There is a great variety from bloggers all over. I have yet to try one I don't love. I know your Garlic Chicken Farfalle has made it on there and maybe even a few others.

March 11, 2008 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I can't eat beef, I substitute ground turkey. They are still yummy and less fat. Brown on a lower heat than you normally do beef.

June 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger The Candlands said...

This is a family favorite of ours too! We always put ours in the crock pot so it's done when we get home from church! A different variation but quite similar is Cabbage Rolls where you steam the cabbage so it's soft enough to wrap around the meatball and place a toothpick though it. Again, we throw it in the crock pot so we don't have to worry about it. So yummy.

October 25, 2008 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

Little different from what my mother in law makes. We cook the meatballs in brown gravy and serve with meatballs. Only things added to the meatballs are onion, garlic/salt/pepper mix, egg and rice.

August 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

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