PORKupine Meatballs

Porcupine meatballs are a classic mealtime favorite.  This was one of my favorite family dinners growing up!  That’s when I got to thinking…why can’t Porcupine Meatballs become PORKupine Meatballs?  So I gave it a try!

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PORKupine Meatballs

1 egg

2/3 cup milk

1 cup uncooked long grain white rice

1 3.8 oz can sliced ripe olives, drained

1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 pound ground pork

1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cups water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the egg and milk. Stir in rice, olives, bread crumbs, salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper, then stir to combine. Crumble pork into rice mixture. Stir or use hands to combine ingredients and mix well. Form pork mixture into 8 large equal meatballs and place in a 2 quart baking dish, then set aside. In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, stir together the tomatoes, water, cornstarch, bouillon cubes and thyme. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Remove from heat and pour over meatballs in pan. Cover baking dish and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Number of Servings: 4-6

Kristina’s Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips and Tricks:

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This recipe calls for fresh bread crumbs.  You know that day old bread on sale at the grocery store?  This is the perfect use  Toss it in the food processor and you have homemade bread crumbs!

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Whisk together the egg and milk and then add uncooked rice.  Everyone always asks, “Really?  You don’t cook the rice?”  That’s what makes this meal so easy!  The rice cooks along with everything else in the oven.

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Next add the olives, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper, then stir to combine.  My secret weapon smoked paprika.  Once you try it you will never look back.  Invest in a jar today!

p1130072Form eight large meatballs and arrange in your baking dish.

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In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, stir together the tomatoes, water, cornstarch, bouillon cubes and thyme. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute.

p1130074Remove from heat and pour over meatballs in pan. Cover baking dish and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

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Dinner is done!  One simple dish includes the protein, starch and vegetables of a well-rounded meal.  If your family already loves Porcupine Meatballs, then PORKupine Meatballs will soon be their new favorite!

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