Rice Mix Meatballs Recipe

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"Mom prepared these easy meatballs with a thick gravy often when I was growing up," relates Marcy Paden of Louisville, Nebraska. "Now I make them for my family as a nice change of pace from hamburgers. With just five ingredients - including a boxed rice mix - they're a snap to whip up.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6.8 ounces) beef-flavored rice mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  1. Set contents of rice seasoning packet aside. In a large bowl, combine rice and egg. Crumble beef over rice mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs on all sides.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine reserved seasoning packet and boiling water. Add to skillet; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice is tender. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Rice Mix Meatballs in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p14

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