That's when I saw Lynn's post for Porcupine Meatballs. I had some ground beef in the freezer that I was planning to use in my menu plan for the following week, so I was very interested in checking out her recipe.
I had most of the ingredients on hand and what I didn't have, was easily substituted! Gotta love it when new recipes are compatible to what's in your pantry!
The only thing that worried me, was the rice. Even though we eat a lot of it, sometimes I can be rice-challenged. I don't know why, but sometimes it just doesn't turn out. I think it might be my stove, it tends to cook a bit fast. (It's really old and I think whatever controls the temperature of the coils just doesn't always work the way it should.) Anyway, I was worried that the uncooked rice that was added to the meatballs, wouldn't cook all the way and we'd have little crunchy rice bits in the meatballs! I had a back up plan of leftover soup, just in case!
No back up plan needed! The meatballs turned out great! Both of us were very happy with the meal and I cannot wait to make it again as soon as there's a sale on ground beef!
- 1/2 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 16 oz. tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. A-1 Steak Sauce
- Combine rice, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder and ground beef in a bowl.
- Once combined, shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
- Brown meatballs in a large skillet. Drain the fat.
- Mix together the remaining ingredients (tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and steak sauce) and pour over the browned meatballs.
- Cover and reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 1 hour, until meatballs are done.
- This recipe has only been slightly adapted. I increased the amount of pepper since we tend to like peppery foods. Also, I replaced the Worcestershire Sauce with Steak Sauce since I was completely out of Worcerstershire Sauce.
- Lynn was right when she said that Porcupine Meatballs aren't very photogenic. But let me tell you, they are delicious!
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