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Rich and flavorsome porcupines meatballs made with ground beef, rice, and onion. Simmered in tomato sauce until cooked perfectly!

Porcupine Meatballs served with white rice

What are Porcupine Meatballs?

Have you ever had porcupine meatballs? They’re beef meatballs filled with uncooked rice and chopped onion giving it a pokey or “bump” shape! That’s why they call them porcupine meatballs.

We love these meatballs, because the rice gives the meatballs a nice hearty texture.

The meatballs are simmered in tomato sauce, which makes them perfect for serving over cooked white rice. Believe it or not, my kids always ask for second helpings of this dinner. It’s a hit all around the table! Which makes it worth the extra cooking time (only 45 minutes—not bad!).

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How to Make Porcupine Meatballs

MEATBALLS. Grab a medium sized bowl and mix together the rice, water, onion, salt, celery salt, pepper, garlic powder, and egg. Add the ground beef and mix everything together really well. Shape the beef into 1 1/2 inch balls.

COOK. Heat up a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. When the meatballs are browned, drain the oil or soak it up with paper towels.

SAUCE. In a bowl, add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix it all together and then pour over the meatballs in the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

Different sauce options

If you’re wanting to change up the sauce to something other than tomato sauce, you have a couple options…

  • Creamy mushroom sauce
  • White cream sauce
  • Brown Gravy option

You can even add a little cream to this sauce tomato sauce to change it up.

Porcupine meatballs simmered in tomato sauce

SERVING, STORING & FREEZING MEATBALLS

What to serve Porcupine Meatballs with? We usually serve our meatballs over cooked white rice. It’s simple, classic, and tasty. You can also serve them with flavored rices like Rice A Roni. Another healthy option is spaghetti squash or even cauliflower rice.

How to store leftover meatballs? Keep the leftover porcupine meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-6 days. This dish is great for lunch leftovers! It tastes really good just warmed up in the microwave or over the stove.

Freezing uncooked meatballs If you’d rather freeze these meatballs to make for another day, put the prepared meatballs on a cookie sheet or a plate and cover with plastic wrap.

Put them in the freezer for a couple of hours until frozen solid. Then you can transfer them to a freezer plastic bag. Keep in the freezer until you want to cook and serve them!

Porcupine meatball recipe served over white rice

For more meatball recipes, check out:

  • Grape Jelly Meatballs
  • Crockpot Meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs Recipe
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Asian Meatballs

Porcupine Meatball Recipe

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Rich and flavorsome porcupines meatballs made with ground beef, rice, and onion. Simmered in tomato sauce until cooked perfectly!

Course

Main Course
Cuisine

American

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings 4
Calories 436 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup
    minute rice
    uncooked
  • 1/2
    cup
    water
  • 1/2
    cup
    onion
    chopped
  • 1
    tsp
    salt
  • 1/2
    tsp
    celery salt
  • 1/8
    tsp
    pepper
  • 1/8
    tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    lb
    ground beef
  • 2
    tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    15 oz. can
    tomato sauce
  • 1
    cup
    water
  • 2
    tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2
    tsp
    Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine rice, water, onion, salt, celery salt, pepper, garlic powder and egg in a medium bowl.

  2. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls.

  3. Brown the meatballs in a skillet with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Drain oil when meatballs are browned.

  4. Add tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce to a bowl – mix and then pour over meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

 

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Porcupine Meatball Recipe

Print
Save Recipe Rate

Rich and flavorsome porcupines meatballs made with ground beef, rice, and onion. Simmered in tomato sauce until cooked perfectly!

Course

Main Course
Cuisine

American

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings 4
Calories 436 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup
    minute rice
    uncooked
  • 1/2
    cup
    water
  • 1/2
    cup
    onion
    chopped
  • 1
    tsp
    salt
  • 1/2
    tsp
    celery salt
  • 1/8
    tsp
    pepper
  • 1/8
    tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    lb
    ground beef
  • 2
    tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    15 oz. can
    tomato sauce
  • 1
    cup
    water
  • 2
    tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2
    tsp
    Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine rice, water, onion, salt, celery salt, pepper, garlic powder and egg in a medium bowl.

  2. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls.

  3. Brown the meatballs in a skillet with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Drain oil when meatballs are browned.

  4. Add tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce to a bowl – mix and then pour over meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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