Monday, November 17, 2008

Porcupines for supper

First, I can't take credit for this picture. I did make porcupine meatballs for supper and I thought I took a picture, but when I downloaded my camera, no meatball picture! Mine did look just about like the above picture except I didn't use a dish like that.
Porcupines are an old recipe and there are lots of variations.
My recipe is adapted from the one in my 1980 Betty Crocker cookbook. My mom gave me this book at one of my bridal showers. Can you tell I have used this book a lot?

My Porcupine Recipe
3/4 pound very lean ground beef
1/2 C uncooked regular rice
1/2 C finely chopped onion and bell pepper
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
a few sprinkles of celery salt
2 small cans tomato sauce (8 ounce cans)
water, 1/2 cup and 1 cup, divided

Mix ground beef, rice, 1/2 C water, onion, bell pepper and spices. Shape into meatballs - I use a scoop to start them.
Place meatballs in a greased baking pan - I use an 8x8 or 11x7.
Top with tomato sauce and 1 Cup water.
Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Uncover and bake 15 minutes more.

This recipe is thrifty and to be even thriftier, don't use aluminum foil to cover them while baking, use a casserole that has a glass lid.


  1. I have always heard of porcupine meatballs but never relaly knew what was in them. I will try this out next time I have hamburger meat. I know it will be delicious!

  2. Hmm, I wonder how this would work with boca and tvp?
    I might have to do this for dinner.

  3. I haven't made those in a long time but I might have to now.


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  5. Wow. Your blog took me right back to my childhood, when my mum's porcupine meatballs were one of my favourite meals. Although I have thought about them from time to tiime, I've never come across them since but now, thanks to you I can make them for my girls. Thank you.

  6. Oh my that looks yummy! I love a good meatball.


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