Porcupine Meat Balls

porcupines cooking
porcupines cooking

My son likes these porcupine meat balls, however my daughter is not so keen on them.  So when she wasn’t eating at home a few weeks ago I decided to make them.  I usually combine a couple of recipes to make my porcupines so I thought that I should record how I make them.  One recipe has cooked rice and one has uncooked rice, I usually use uncooked rice and they soak up much of the liquid as they cook.  One cooks them in the oven & the other on the stove, since the stove top method is quicker I usually do it that way.  One recipe had

Porcupines & veggies.
Porcupines & veggies.

evaporated milk and the other eggs, I use eggs.  Both used tinned tomato soup which I’m a bit iffy about using for my husband because of the ingredients, so I use a tin of tomato puree instead.

Here is my recipe:

Porcupine Meat Balls

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (114g) uncooked rice
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 x 410g can tomato puree
  • 1 cup water


  1. Mix mince, egg, rice, herbs, salt & pepper together.
  2. Mix the water with the tomato puree in a large saucepan and start to bring the mixture to the boil.
  3. Form the meat into balls and drop into the tomato puree.
  4. Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook gently for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with vegetables

What sort of meat balls do you like?

Author: Jillian

I'm a wife and mother to 2 teenagers. We have a number of food intolerances in our family so I spend some of my time cooking foods that we can all eat.

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