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My Grandmother’s Porcupines – Rice Meatballs

This is my Grandmother’s recipe for Porcupines. Porcupines are basically meatballs with rice mixed in them. They make a delightful dish served with roasted veggies. I did have to make a few changes. Naturally I changed the shortening to canola oil and I subbed garlic powder in place of the garlic salt to cut down on the sodium. Salt can always be added later if needed.

1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup milk or water
2 tbsp chopped onion
1/3 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 c water
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp shortening

Mix beef, rice, milk, onion and seasonings. Form into four balls. Fry in melted shortening, turning to brown (not crusty). Add tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire. Mix, cover and simmer 45 min over low heat.