Sunday, December 20, 2009

Porcupine Meatballs

Don't worry, they aren't actually made from porcupines. :)

I thought I'd share our family's favorite recipe... porcupine meatballs. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine!

Here's what you need:
1 pkg beef flavored rice-a-roni
1 egg
1 lb ground beef
3 cups water
large bowl
large pan with lid

1. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg and rice-a-roni (don't put the seasoning packet in yet). The best way to do this is with your hands. Gross, but true. Mix it really good (not pictured) because you need the egg all throughout so they don't fall apart).

2. Make small meatballs and put in large pan to brown.

3. Once meatballs are browned on all sides, mix seasoning packet with 3 cups water & pour over meatballs (it should completely cover meatballs)

4. Cover and cook on Low-Med for 50-60 minutes. Check it after a half hour because if it looks like the water has been dried up, you'll need to add more.


  • I typically double the recipe so that we have lots of leftovers
  • I have tried it with ground turkey, but they aren't as good. However, I doubled it tonight and used 1lb gr turkey and 1lb gr beef and they were great
  • We usually serve it with either mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) or drop biscuits, and broccoli
Here's my little one helping make biscuits. Note: if you have kids help you, little dixie cups are a huge help!! You can measure out what they are in charge of and pour it in dixie cups. It's way easier and less messy than measuring spoons.

Tonight we served it with drop biscuits with a recipe I found on all recipes (below). They were g00000000d!

Do you like my cheesy country Christmas plates?


  1. What a great kid friendly recipe. I guess I'll check your blog back someday when I have children of my own as I just don't think about things like that. Who took the photo of you assembling the meatballs as both your hands were in view of the camera. I ask just because I'm curious how awesome bloggers such as yourself always manage to make the perfect photo blogs.

  2. Love your plates. I have no Christmas plates. Is that sad? I'm gonna make your meatballs, but I won't tell the kids that they are not made of real porcupines. I think the fascination will get them to try it!

  3. That is making me hungry just looking at it! I love that idea about the dixie cups instead of measuring spoons! I'm going to give that a try next time. :)

  4. When can i come over for dinner? I am available after 6! :)

  5. Oooooh, just found this post (followed my nose from 2 Cool 4 My Minivan)... can't WAIT to try them! Thanks for sharing <3