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    Porcupine Beef

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    FolkDiva's Note:

    From Towns, Trails and Special Times. Not your everyday meatballs!

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    Serves: 6


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    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1/2 cup instant rice, uncooked
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 1/2 ounces dry onion soup mix (or vegetable soup mix)
    • 1/4 cup sweet green pepper, finely chopped (or jalapeno pepper)
    • 14 ounces stewed tomatoes
    • 12 ounces light beer (may substitute with beef stock or broth)
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 3 tablespoons flour


    1. 1
      Mix together the ground beef, rice, eggs, dry soup mix and pepper. Shape into 6 large balls. Set aside.
    2. 2
      Combine tomatoes, beer and chili powder in a large, heavy, deep skillet. Heat to boiling over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Carefully drop meatballs into hot tomato mixture; cover and simmer for 45 to 55 minutes. Lift out meatballs and thicken sauce with 3 tbsp flour mixed with cold water, if desired.
    4. 4
      Serve meatballs with sauce in deep bowls with cornbread or crusty bread.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 20, 2010


      Awesome!! Hubby didn't quite get that there was rice in the meatballs so we had a rice overload; he wanted them served over rice. But these were delicious!! I used a can of diced tomatoes rather than stewed (all I had on hand), beef broth over beer. I actually can't remember if I used a pepper or not. I made mine into 7 balls, and will probably make them a bit smaller next time. But there WILL be a next time. Again and again. I might try freezing some, too.

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    • on July 22, 2009


      This is so easy to do. I used lean ground beef, and since I didn't have dry onion soup mix, I used dried onion flakes and onion powder. I forgot to add the green pepper. I used a can of diced tomatoes. Instead of beer, I used beef broth. And instead of chili powder, I used taco seasoning. I didn't use the flour. It's a tasty dish. And I got 11 meatballs. Thanks FolkDiva :) Made for 123 hit wonders

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    • on July 02, 2009


      I really enjoyed these - tasted like meatloaf balls. I did make a couple of changes - I subbed beef broth for the light beer (I never have any alcohol in the house) and used instant brown rice instead of instant white rice. I omitted the flour. I served with Spaghettini Verdi - very satisfying lunch! I made WAY more than 6 balls - I must have rolled them smaller than I was supposed to - but it was a happy mistake. They were great! Made for Photo Tag.

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    Nutritional Facts for Porcupine Beef

    Serving Size: 1 (246 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 291.7
    Calories from Fat 123
    Total Fat 13.7 g
    Saturated Fat 5.0 g
    Cholesterol 122.2 mg
    Sodium 812.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 4.9 g
    Protein 18.6 g

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