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Porcupine Meatballs

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40 Min

Whether the name scares you or makes you curious, you've got to try these! It's the rice sticking out the sides of these meatballs that makes us call them porcupines.

What You'll Need

  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long- or whole-grain rice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, rice, onion, salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup of the tomato sauce mixture; mix well. Roll into 1-inch balls, then place them in a large skillet. Brown over medium-high heat for 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  3. Stir Worcestershire sauce into remaining tomato sauce mixture, then pour over meatballs. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 30 to 35 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and rice is tender.


Be sure you don't use instant rice here.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 341
  • Calories from Fat 163
  • Total Fat 18g 28 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.0g 35 %
  • Trans Fat 1.1g 0 %
  • Protein 24g 48 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 108mg 36 %
  • Sodium 691mg 29 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 20g 7 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6 %
  • Sugars 10g 0 %

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I was so shocked to see this in your list of recipes. My mom saw this recipe on TV when I was around 4yrs old and it became a favorite around our house. I am now 47 and about 8 months ago I told my mom that I wanted to have it again so she taught me how to make it. And it reminded me of the good old days. I love them with mashed potatoes and either corn or peas. You really have to try these. They are so good.


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