Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
- 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 canola oil
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 421 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1317mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.
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Jun 7, 2018
I use quick cooking rice instead of long grain. I've been making this for years and with that type of rice you won't have the crunchy rice issue. It's a favorite of mine and coworkers, including the gluten-free ones since it doesn't have bread crumbs like many meatball recipes. The sauce is good and you can always add more seasonings to your tastes. The sauce reminds me of a much tastier version of the spaghettio's sauce I loved as a kid.
May 3, 2018
My Mom always made these and we all loved them. For people complaining about the rice being to hard there is a trick my mom used and I do too. Put the rice in a bowl and cover with the 1/2 cup water and let it sit for at least 10 mins(I usually get everything else ready and by that time the 10 mins is almost up). That will soften the rice a little and make it cook better. We use that trick for making Stuffed Peppers also.
Apr 28, 2018
For those that complain about hard rice... what beef are you using 80/20 ... 90/10?? The rice takes on moisture from the meat to expand.... so don't be too lean on the burger! This could be the issue!
Jan 18, 2018
I made them they were so good I could hardly put my plate down! It was a big hit with my family
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 :)
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.