Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

Melinda S. 0

"This is, by far, the best recipe for porcupine meatballs I have ever had. This is a recipe that was given to my mom when she married back in 1970. The recipe also includes cooking directions for stovetop cooking or cooking in the oven. Hope you enjoy as much as our family does."


1 h 10 m servings 319 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 319 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.1g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 22.2 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1415 mg
  • 57%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the ground beef, rice, 1/2 cup water, onion, salt, celery salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a bowl. Roll the mixture into 12 meatballs.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the meatballs. Cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until evenly browned. Drain and discard any excess grease. Pour the tomato sauce, 1 cup water, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center and the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in more water if the sauce becomes too dry.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Oven Directions: Place meatballs in square baking dish, 8X8X2 inches. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook 15 minutes longer.
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  1. 83 Ratings


Only 4 stars, as is.... But I modified to our family's taste and they became a 5 star. I think there was a tad too much water... the mixture was too loose. So I added an egg. I also added some w...

solidly good porcupine recipe! I doubled it and followed the directions exactly and it came out perfect.

have made for years, always a favorite when kids were home! Use the oven method

I don't know what everyone else is tasting, but I did not like this recipe at all. The sauce was not good, the rice wasn't cooked, and overall it was not a good dish. Some very simple changes ...

Thank you for this delicious recipe! Try it with bloody Mary mix!

Use instant rice.

Was okay but feel like it was still missing something.

I absolutly LOVE this. THe celery salt is a tad overwhelming, however when you mix everything together, cook the meatballs, and then toss it in the crock pot..mmmm delious. thanks

So good! I used ground turkey (97/7) instead of beef, they seemed a little loose when I was forming them, maybe because there's less fat (?) but they held together really well during cooking. I...