Porcupine meatballs is a favorite for my husband’s family. I tried to make them once in high school and failed miserably. Thankfully my mother in law shared her recipe with me and after a few additions, we have our own version that we love.
As with many of my recipes, I share several cooking methods and several adaptations. Porcupine meatballs are delicious made on the stovetop, in a crockpot and in the Instant Pot. I make them with fresh chopped onions and with dried. I use whichever version of ground beef is on sale and skim the fat if necessary. In our family, we always serve them with mashed potatoes, but they are also delicious served over noodles, veggie noodles or rice. Finally, we serve them with green beans, but peas, broccoli, or any green vegetable makes for a beautiful serving plate.
This is one of the most requested dinners by my family. Hopefully after you make it, your family will feel the same way. Enjoy!
Note: Let ground beef and egg to come to room temperature to make mixing and shaping the meatballs easier. This recipe doubles, triples and even quadruples well.
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 pound of ground beef or turkey or use 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground turkey
½-3/4 cups of instant rice
1 medium chopped onion or ¼ cup dried onions
1 tsp dried garlic (or more to taste)
½ tsp black pepper
Pour the can of soup into the cooking vessel. Fill the can ½ to ¾ full of water to rinse out the can and add to the sauce. Gently mix the rest of the ingredients together just until fully incorporated. Shape into meatballs with your hands or use a scoop to make more uniform meatballs. We use a scoop and then finish by using our hands. Place gently into the sauce. When the meatballs are in the sauce, stove cook 30-45 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally, cook 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low in a slow cooker, or cook 5 minutes in the Instant Pot and allow to naturally pressure release for 10-15 minutes. If you enjoy your porcupine meatballs, visit our website, www.movingtowardbetter.com for more tasty recipes. The best way to serve porcupine meatballs is with mashed potatoes and you’ll love our slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe.Like what you see here? Click here for ways to support the Moving Toward Better mission.