Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

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Porcupine Meatballs Recipe
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Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

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4.5 70 81
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These well-seasoned meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are one of my mom's best main dishes. I used to love this meal when I was growing up. I made it at home for our children, and now my daughters make it for their families. -Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
MAKES:
4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:
4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Directions

In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef and mix well. shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Combine tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Porcupine Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 900mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef and mix well. shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Combine tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Porcupine Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p35

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MsWendy3 User ID: 3175569 272457
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2017

"I first made this recipe around 10-12 years ago. Everyone that eats these always wants the recipe. My boyfriend will do anything that needs done around the house when I serve him these with a nice fresh salad, garlic bread & some sweet tea lol. Best of all, I don't even have to ask him ;)

Came here today to get the recipe, because I'm making them for him tonight. He is gonna be so pleased to walk in from work smelling the deliciousness as he enters the door. My mouth is watering just thinking about them simmering mmm mmm. Please do not hesitate on trying this recipe ladies and gents, you will not be disappointed, I promise ya!
Thank you so much for the recipe Darlis! You're an angel. I'm in Wisconsin too. Lived down south the first time I made these. Again I cannot thank you enough for this incredible recipe. You rock Darlis :)"

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Cathrine User ID: 9240038 272404
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2017

"It was wonderful! My Husband, for the first time since we've been married went back for thirds. This is definitely a keeper. We have only been married for two months. I'm a vegetarian so I don't taste his dishes with meat in them. I could tell this was going to be delish because of the yummy aroma, and it was very easy, yet looked as if I had been cooking all day. Thanks !"

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Johnna User ID: 9206778 268587
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2017

"I make this all the time but I use parboiled rice instead of the raw long grain rice that may help those of you that your rice is not getting done."

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Andrea User ID: 8977203 257511
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"This is a fantastic recipe. I'd been craving porcupine meatballs, a memory from childhood. I also babysit my great-grandson once a week and wanted something for lunch that might appeal to a 2 1/2 year old. I followed the instructions to the letter except for the celery salt. I had some, but I couldn't remember how old it was so I omitted that ingredient. The meatballs were perfect...the rice perfectly cooked and the sauce was thick and savory. I only meant to sample them as they are to be our lunch tomorrow. I put three on a saucer and ended up going back for three more. (I'm actually tempted to go back a 3rd time.) I've copied the recipe and added it to my notebook of favorites. Someone suggested that the ones who complained of undercooked rice might have made the meatballs too big. I simmered mine exactly an hour and the rice was just right."

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KimWaite User ID: 7760349 257344
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"This recipe is so good. I have finally found one from my childhood. My go to meatball recipe now. Thanks so much for sharing."

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dsm User ID: 3208899 251984
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"The sauce is thick and very tasty. The only negative I have is that, as others mentioned, the rice was not fully tender even after cooking longer than called for. Next time I make these (and we definitely liked them enough to make again), I will either try minute rice or else use precooked regular rice. I got 19 one and a half inch meatballs from a pound of ground beef."

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[email protected] User ID: 3144492 248008
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Very good easy pleasy recipe. I'm thinking for the people that the rice didn't get done the meatballs were probably to big, Will make this again."

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mwalters67 User ID: 8838290 247248
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"I was so disappointed! The long grain rice did not get cooked inside of the meatballs even after an hour. My family tried to eat them but no one was able to finish or enjoy them since the texture was crunchy rice:( I did not see one other comment with the same problem. What did I do wrong?"

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 243710
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"My family loves these meatballs. We have them once a month, at least!"

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oobs7765 User ID: 8763667 243408
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Fabulous!!! I followed your recipe exactly, except doubled and added a can of rotel and one can of tomato sauce. Soooo delicious, and easy! Thank you!!"

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