Recipe: Porcupine Meatballs

by GettingFreedom on March 10, 2009

I’ve only made this dish a couple times, but we’ve enjoyed it a lot. It is easy and frugal to boot. A win, win recipe in my book.

Sorry–no pic just yet. Since this recipe is on the menu for this week, I will post a picture after I make it (if I can remember!).

Porcupine Meatballs

1 pound ground beef ($1.30)
about 1 cup cooked brown rice (.10)
1 egg beaten (.09)

In a bowl combine the cooked rice, beaten egg, and the hamburger. Add any seasonings that you prefer. I usually add some pepper and garlic powder (everything needs a little bit of garlic). Shape this mixture into 1 inch balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs on all sides.
Drain off any grease that you have in the skillet. To this add about 1/4 cup boiling water and just enough flour to make a roux (approximately 3-4 Tbsp?). Once your roux/paste is formed, add an additional 2 cups boiling water and about 2 tsp of beef bouillon granules or 1 boulillon cube. Throw in a dash of parsley flakes and cook until a nice tasty gravy forms.
Meanwhile cook some egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
Serve meatballs/gravy on a bed of egg noodles or as a a main dish with mashed potatoes and gravy. Serve with veggies.
Roughly $1.50 for meatballs, .50 for pasta or mashed potatoes, and another .50 -$1 for veggies.

Total Cost: $2.50-$3

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