Porcupine meatballs are a southern dish that got their name because white rice is baked into the meat, which makes the meatballs look like porcupines. To make porcupine meatballs, you need 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, 2/3 cup of uncooked rice, 1 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 15 ounces of tomato sauce and 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce. You also need two bowls, a shallow baking dish, a wooden spoon, tin foil and an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Season the ground beef
In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, uncooked rice, 1/2 cup water, chopped onion, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper.
- Shape the porcupine meatballs
Shape the porcupine meatballs, using a tablespoon and your hands to roll 1 1/2-inch balls. Place the porcupine meatballs in a shallow baking dish with even spacing between them.
- Make the broth
In a second bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, 1 cup of water and the Worcestershire sauce. Pour the broth over the porcupine meatballs.
- Cook the porcupine meatballs
Cover the baking dish with foil, and place it in the oven. Bake the porcupine meatballs for 45 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.