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Old Fashioned Porcupine Meatballs

Servings: 32 meatballs

This old fashioned recipe is a classic meatball recipe, cooked with Rice

This was the very first thing I learned to cook in school cooking class. I was so proud of myself LOL! The do taste great! Here is a little history. They originated during the Great Depression. Rice was affordable and meat was expensive. By adding rice to the classic meatballs they could bulk up the amount of meatballs and make them stretch a lot further. Where does the name come from? Most likely because when they simmer in sauce they start to resemble little porcupines when the cooked rice pokes out of the meatball like quills. So cute. Here is how I make them. I added whipped potatoes and they go together perfectly, yummm so good.



  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil

  • 2 Tbs Water

  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic

  • 1 Tbs Onion soup mix

  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar

  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Tbs Minced onion

  • 1 Can of Tomato Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup water

  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Add hamburger meat to a bowl

  2. Add rice, chopped Onion, Salt & Pepper, Onion soup mix, garlic, and 1 tbs. water and mix with your hands.

  3. Form into small balls

  4. Add oil to a skillet

  5. Fry meatballs until browned

  6. SAUCE:

  7. Add tomato sauce to a small bowl

  8. 1/2 Cup of water

  9. Add Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar mix well

  10. Pour Sauce over meatballs

  11. Stir cover simmer for 30 min