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Porcupine Balls

Readers' Recipes (featured column)
submitted by Charlene Baird

I have a recipe I wanted to share that kids love. The meatballs should resemble little porcupines with grains of rice sticking out of them!

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1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. breadcrumbs
1/2 c. of uncooked white rice
1 tsp. of garlic powder
Salt and pepper


1 c. ketchup
1 c. of cola (NOT DIET! - Coke works best.)
1 tsp. of garlic powder


Mix all ingredients thoroughly, being sure that the uncooked rice is distributed evenly. Shape into 1 1/2-inch diameter balls and place in an oblong baking pan, leaving some space between the balls to allow rice to expand.

Whisk ketchup, cola, and garlic together in a small sauce pan.  When just about boiling, remove from heat and pour over meatballs.  Bake entire casserole at 375, covered, for 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Remove cover and bake another 10-15 minutes until browned on top.

This recipe should serve six (depending on side dishes), but it only serves four at my house.

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