Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

My grandmother always made these when said we were "REALLY" hungry. Giant meaty, tomato meat balls.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thaw beef, chop onions into small pieces (Some people prefer minced).
  2. In a bowl combine beef, onion and egg.
  3. Mix well with hands.
  4. Roll into "meat balls". Any size will do. My husband loves them the size of a tennis ball.
  5. Put rice into large bowl.
  6. Roll "meatballs in rice so they are coated (making them little porcupines).
  7. Place in bake ware dish.
  8. Pour both cans of tomato soup into another bowl and mix with one can of water.
  9. Pour over porcupine balls.
  10. Turn porcupine balls over and spoon some of the soup over them.
  11. Cover and bake at 350°C for 30 minutes, uncover and bake until meat is well done (approximately 30 minutes).


Most Helpful

I've been craving my mother's porcupine balls but I can't seem to reproduce it from memory. I'm SO glad to find this recipe. My rice kept not cooking... now I know that she used minute rice and will try this recipe soon! Thank you!

Teddy's Mommy August 10, 2010

Just as I remember as a child as well. My neighbor use to make them and always saved a couple for me! These are great. My children and their friends think they are awesome... which makes me happy! AAA+++

Dadderella August 09, 2008

This is the true porcupine balls I remember. This recipe was awesome and so easy to make. Thanks

sdusz October 15, 2007

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