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A Recipe: Porcupine Meatballs.

Growing up, my Mom always made this delicious savory dish called Porcupine Meatballs. When my friends asked me what I was having for dinner on nights that we ate these, they always gave the most horrendous faces when I said the name.

"You mean,'re eating PORCUPINE???"

Oh, my friends were the silliest. But growing up where I did, I wouldn't put it past some people to actually eat the prickly animal.

Don't worry, though, this delightful little meal is made from ground beef. So, give it a whirl and shock your family when you proclaim you are having Porcupine Meatballs for supper! :)

This is definitely a comfort food for me as it reminds me of my childhood. It's oh so delicious!


Porcupine Meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef
2/3 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
seasoned salt
garlic powder
chili powder
1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Mix ground beef with rice, 1/2 cup of water, chopped onion, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use seasonings as desired. Shape porcupine ground beef mixture by tablespoon into 1 1/2-inch balls.

Place the porcupine meatballs in an ungreased 2-quart shallow baking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the porcupine meatballs. Cover and bake at 350° F. oven for about 45 minutes. Uncover and bake porcupine meatballs 15 to 20 minutes longer.

Serves 4 to 6.

Enjoy! :)
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. YAY! I was hoping you would share this recipe. I just tried your Brown Sugar Porkchops the other day. LOVED THEM! Hip Hip Hooray for another yummy recipe of your moms!

  2. Now, if you stuffed them into green peppers you would have pigeon's!! It's a polish dish, very yummy and served with mashed potatoes!

  3. Looks delish! And easy too...must try!

  4. That looks SOOOOO good!! I cannot make good meatballs to save my life, but spaghetti is my favorite meals. These look delicious. Thanks for sharing! I love the name too :)

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  5. you serve this with pasta, mashed potatoes, or salad and a veggie?

  6. My mom used to make these too! Loved them as a kid:) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. I have been waiting for this recipe!

  8. I have been waiting for this recipe!

  9. Yum! I will have to try these!

  10. Sounds good. What would you serve it with??

  11. My husband's grandmother (who recently passed away) used to make this for him. In fact, she made it for us the first time I met her. I'll have to whip these up as a surprise for my husband!

  12. My mom made porcupine meatballs as well!

  13. oh wow, that looks seriously delish! Going to have to try that one!

  14. I make those all the time too from my childhood. I actually posted the same recipe months back on my blog here:

  15. I've made these before, but apparently with the wrong rice! I tried your recipe yesterday (scrumptious, by the way) with jasmine rice, and the finished product looked like spiny porcupines! Served with twice-baked potatoes, it was an amazing meal. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Sounds yummy! I just made meatballs last week. I need to find a substitute for Worcestershire sauce. I can't have that, but I think I could tweak this recipe to fit my diet. Hip! Hip! Hooray! Oh, and I'm just getting caught up on posts. I loved your post on communication. Loved it. So very true, and something that has always bothered me, too.

  17. Now if you would only share that hot cheese dip in the bread bowl.....:)

  18. I'm adding this to my list of recipes to try. Thanks!

  19. THOSE look DELICIOUS! ps- from the title I totally thought you were eating porcupine.

  20. I can't believe I've had these bookmarked all these months and JUST now made them for the first time. No regrets, I've linked the recipe back to your blog in this evenings blog post.

    Do pop over and say hello.

    Carol :)


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