What are Porcupine Meatballs Made of?
What Are Porcupine Meatballs?
This dish is actually a family recipe my Mom turned me onto. Indeed, let’s just say it is safe to say that many more generations will enjoy it too. Essentially, a porcupine meatball is everything you love about meatballs but includes rice. In a sense, it is like the stuffing you might include in stuffed bell peppers. Only you don’t have to worry about de-seeding and deveining a pepper.
What Ingredients Are In Porcupine Meatballs?
Don’t you just love those recipes everyone looks forward to? Even better if they require only a few ingredients, they can be whipped together in minutes, and cooked quickly, too! Here is what you need and I bet you already have a lot of these ingredients in your pantry!
- lean ground beef
- Minute Rice
- tomato soup
- Worcestershire Sauce
- salt and pepper
You can find the complete measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Steps To Make Porcupine Meatballs
In a bowl, combine your ground beef, eggs, rice, and part of the Worchestershire sauce. Form into meatballs, and place in a skillet.
Tip: Don’t make the meatballs too big, or they will fall apart easily.
Whisk together tomato soup, the remaining Worchestershire sauce, and some water to make the sauce. Pour it over the top of the meatballs.
Sprinkle with some dry parsley flakes and some salt & pepper.
Cover and simmer, carefully turning the meatballs every few minutes. Cook until meat is no longer pink in the center. Ground beef is done safely when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.
See how the grain of rice poke out as the meatballs cook down? There is the magic moment when you discover why the name makes sense.
We are huge creatures of habit, and we always eat them the same exact way, with a yummy baked potato and green beans. My kids love the sauce so much, it’s even become their “potato topper!”
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The Origins Of Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs In Tomato Soup
If you want to spin this one in a few other directions, then go for it! You can easily substitute any other type of ground meat. Or, if you want to step outside the can, so to speak, then you can use cream of mushroom soup or a can of cream of celery soup, or… you get the picture. Also, if you really like stuffed peppers, then just chop in some bell pepper and you can call it a “deconstructed” stuffed pepper. Go ahead, make it sound like a fancy cooking show recipe.
More Meatball Recipes To Check Out
Meatballs are a favorite in our house, whether they are an appetizer or a main dish. Here are more meatball recipes to love!
- Sticky Asian Meatballs
- Salisbury Steak Meatballs
- Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs
- Homemade Italian Meatballs
- Swedish Meatballs
- Stuffed Pepper Meatballs
- Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 cans tomato soup
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 c Minute rice, uncooked
- 2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
- dry Parsley
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 c Water
- Combine beef with eggs, 1 t. of Worcestershire Sauce and rice.
- Form into balls. (don’t make them too big or they tend to fall apart easier)
- Place in skillet, combine soup, 1 t. Worcestershire and water. Pour over balls. Sprinkle with dry parsley, and salt and pepper.
- Simmer about 20 minutes, turning meatballs over from time to time, and stirring so they don’t stick. When meatballs are no longer pink in center they are done.
I cook for a family of six, so remember, if this seems like a lot, this recipe is easily cut in half.
To bake in the oven, place the meatballs in a 9x13 baking dish, cover with sauce, then cover the dish and bake at 350 for about one hour, or until the center of the meatball is no longer pink.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 45g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.
This recipe was originally shared on October 7, 2011. They were updated to improve user experience and reshared on October 4, 2021.