Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

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Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs in tomato sauce make a delicious and economical family meal. This recipe has been popular since the Great Depression when it was developed to make ground beef go further. Serve as is or over rice or mashed potatoes for a filling dinner.

Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

 

Uncooked rice is mixed with ground beef to make Porcupine Meatballs. The rice kind of pops out of the cooked meatballs like porcupine quills, hence the name.

This particular recipe for Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs is completely cooked in the oven. No need to do any cooking on the stove. The prep for these meatballs is super easy and the sauce only has 3 ingredients.

Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

 

To make Porcupine Meatballs, one pound of ground beef is mixed with 1/2 cup of uncooked rice, water, onion, and seasonings. The mixture is shaped into large meatballs which are then placed in a baking dish. The tomato sauce is a simple mixture of canned tomato sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

 

The sauce gets poured over the meatballs. The baking dish is covered with foil and baked for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs

Don’t use ground beef that is too high in fat. I use 10%.

You can use uncooked long grain rice or Minute rice. The baking time is plenty long for uncooked rice to get fully cooked and the water added to the meatball mixture along with the tomato sauce is all the liquid the rice needs to get soft.

Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

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Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs in tomato sauce make a delicious and economical family meal. This recipe has been popular since the Great Depression when it was developed to make ground beef go further. Serve as is or over rice or mashed potatoes for a filling dinner.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: retro recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 356 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef, I use 10%
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, water, onion, seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and celery salt. Mix well and shape into 9 meatballs.

  2. Place in a lightly greased baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. In a bowl, stir together tomato sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over meatballs. Cover baking dish with foil.

  4. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

  1. These always bring back memories of having them as a child. So good but I remember thinking that they must be so much work to make. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe!

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