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Oven Porcupines

I've always remembered these from my school I searched until I found the recipe that was just like I remembered. This is it!—Shelly Ryun, Malvern, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; shape into 12 balls. Place meatballs in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over meatballs.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 291 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1157mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Apr 19, 2020

    I just made these today and they turned out great! I read the reviews below, and based on those added some bread crumbs and some extra spices. They looked wonderful out of the oven and tasted really good too.

  • Dianegerton
    May 21, 2013

    I added a 1/4 cup of bread crumbs because while mixing the meat I felt that it needed something to hold the meat together.

  • blwalker1980
    Mar 2, 2012

    These remind me of my classes in Home Economics and the recipe is nearly the same

  • michigan_soo
    Nov 11, 2009

    I needed to cook the rice to make this work, but everyone liked it-

  • knr
    Feb 24, 2009

    Hmmmm...,not so good. The sauce is way to runny. No matter how much longer I cooked the meatballs the rice did not soften. It was easy to prepare but also could use quite alot more seasoning.KnRNebraska