Welcome to my blog, where I am excited to share with you a delicious and unique recipe for Porcupine Meatballs II. If you have never heard of porcupine meatballs before, let me tell you, they are a true comfort food that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. These meatballs are not only flavorful, but they also have a delightful surprise hidden inside, making them a fun and exciting dish to serve to family and friends. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and discover the magic of porcupine meatballs!
The Magic of Porcupine Meatballs II
Porcupine meatballs are a classic dish that has been enjoyed by many generations. The name porcupine comes from the appearance of the meatballs, which resemble the spiky quills of a porcupine. However, don’t let the name fool you. These meatballs are tender, juicy, and incredibly flavorful.
The secret to the magic of porcupine meatballs lies in the unique addition of rice, which gives them a delightful texture and helps to keep them moist. The rice absorbs the flavors of the meat and spices, creating a wonderful combination of tastes in every bite. Plus, the addition of rice makes these meatballs a complete meal in themselves, as you won’t need to worry about cooking a separate side dish.
Now, let’s dive into the recipe for Porcupine Meatballs II, so you can experience the magic for yourself!
Porcupine Meatballs II Recipe
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, onion, bell pepper, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well using your hands, ensuring all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Shape the meat mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter. You should have approximately 20 meatballs.
In a large skillet, heat some oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
Return the meatballs to the skillet, gently stirring them into the tomato sauce mixture. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the rice is tender.
Serve the porcupine meatballs hot, garnished with fresh parsley. They pair wonderfully with mashed potatoes or pasta.
Enjoy the magical flavors of Porcupine Meatballs II!