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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 232.6
  • Total Fat: 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 81.7 mg
  • Sodium: 488.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 19.9 g

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Porcupine Meatballs

Submitted by: KEVINKELLY

Introduction

A tasty addition to your favorite spaghetti sauce or a great warm appetizer for a party. A tasty addition to your favorite spaghetti sauce or a great warm appetizer for a party.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    16 oz 93% lean ground beef
    1/2 small onion
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 tsp basil
    1 tsp parsley, dried
    1 large egg
    1 cup quick cooking brown rice
    4 tsp yellow mustard
    1 tsp brown sugar, packed
    15 oz can tomato sauce

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Directions

Mix first 8 ingredients plus 1/4 cup of tomato sauce.
Make into 20 meatballs.
Brown meatballs in large skillet.
Add mustard and brown sugar to tomato sauce in can.
Pour over meatballs when they are brown.
Cover and let simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
Stir occasionally.


Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KEVINKELLY.






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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    WONDERFUL! Made one oops and it turned out great. I added 4tsp brown mustard to the meat AND the sauce. Great mistake! I also baked it in the oven in a 9x13 pan @325° for 60 minutes with a lid and @350° for 15 minutes without the lid. love it love it love it. WILL make again. - 6/14/08

    Reply from KEVINKELLY (6/28/08)
    Thanks for the suggestion of baking the meatballs it makes things even eaiser but I couldnt remeber how to do it!
    Kelly


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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Have been making these for over 50 years (since I was a kid) and have found that if you let the meatballs sit for awhile before cooking, they taste even better. I keep some made up and freeze them for days I don't feel like doing anything. - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I used ground turkey, omited the sugar. Very Good. - 3/26/09

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    If you cook the rice first you can leave out the tomato sauce and the meatballs should keep their shape better. - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    My kids loved this dish which I baked in the oven! It always gets rave reviews. It is a good main dish to take for a potluck dinner.
    - 3/20/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good. I added mushrooms to the sauce and served with spaghetti squash ~ yum. - 5/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    great recipe using the beef or turkey I tried both - 12/16/07

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is an "oldie" but "goodie"!!!. Never used the mustard and sugar before--interesting and tasty. - 6/20/10

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was very good. I ate the meatballs by themselves but my daughter made a meatball sub with hers. They don't hold together very well but they didn't last long enough for that to be a problem. :-) - 2/5/10

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I make a bouble batch using half lean ground beef and half ground turkey. This is a hit at church suppers. - 3/26/09

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is one going to top of my Best Recipes list. May up the spices a bit after first try. After that I will be making this in very large batches for freezing. Good one for diabetic cookbook. GREAT!!! - 3/26/09

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Used turkey and no sugar. Delicious!!! - 12/16/07

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Fast & easy, but very tasty. Also, made with things I usually keep, so no special trips to the store! - 9/11/07

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner tonight and served it in Portobello mushroom caps I'd baked for just a bit in the oven. Ummm, ummmm, good! Another great Spark recipe! I'll be making this one again. - 6/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is a great recipe for a pot luck or just about any dinner...we added the leftovers to turkey spaghetti and it was wonderful. We also made meatball sub sandwhiches that were great! Thanks for sharing!! - 5/2/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This was so good. My family is already asking for it again. I took advice of another and served over spaghetti squash (a first for me) it was great! My mom used to make a version of this, probally full of fat. - 4/14/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I substituted wild rice for the brown rice. It is a great dish. - 3/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    my cousin used to make this, and I tried it, the first time i made it I used regular rice, not minute rice, etc. and it really was a porcupine meat ball? we all learn, sometimes-the hard way. i now make them right and we love them - 12/16/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Great! I ate something like these years ago.This is good over noodles or rice. - 3/28/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    yummy!! - 3/26/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It was very easy to do I like it. - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    The addition of brown rice instead of bread crumbs makes so much sense. I will bake mine as I do with all meatballs. - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very good, hubby liked it too. Will definitely make it again. - 3/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this in '08 and today I made it for my husband and sons to have for supper tonight. Pretty good! Really easy also. No frozen meatloaf after all for supper. - 3/20/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    loved the recipe! - 5/9/08

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Directions should read, "Mix first 7 ingredients...." Mustard is called for later.

    Can be made with cooked long grain rice instead of raw instant rice. - 1/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My mother made these for me when I was little and Iloved them! Now i make them for my fiance. - 12/23/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    These are excellent. My husband and I both loved them. - 12/22/07

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  • Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Just like mom used to make but without the fat! - 12/16/07

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Loved the recipe. Novel idea to add rice instead of bread crumbs. Makes a whole new texture. - 12/16/07

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    1 egg, pre-cooked rice and being sure to brown the meatballs well before adding sauce will help hold these together. I also make a version of "Swedish" meatballs with rice using 1/2 beef-1/2 turkey, onion, parsley, nutmeg, allspice and brown sauce made of lo-fat, lo-sodium beef broth. - 6/20/10

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Had these as a kid, came about when mom made stuffed green peppers & kids didn't like cooked green pepper, mom made porcupine balls and put on top of the stuffed peppers and pours tomato sauce on top of it all and cooked in oven . Now I eat both, of course! Delicious! We also, put 1 egg per # meat. - 6/20/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is a favorite recipe from my childhood. My Mom made it much the same as this one. - 6/20/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I substituted pine nuts for the onion (my husband hates onion), super tasty! - 1/31/10

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this up tonight but didn't have tomato sauce on hand so used bottled spaghetti sauce, plus a touch of dark wine. Came out delicious! We'll make it again. Thanks - 3/28/09

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    As with other meatball recipes, I can never make the meatballs stay together. So this turned into a tasty sloppy joe mixture. :) - 9/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 5/9/08

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I really like this recipe. - 5/9/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Easy and very good. - 12/16/07

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Easy recipie to make - 3/13/07

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yum! What a nice change for my weekday lunches. May make a change next time I make this, though, and make 6 patties instead of meatballs...easier to cook, and measure. Also, used a bit more onion, and brown mustard instead of yellow. Will make again. - 6/21/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Funny to have this recipe come up in my spark mail - was just thinking of these because Rachel Ray was doing a baked version with pasta. Will try soon. - 6/20/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    my dad used to make this all the time.
    the nutrition info isnt entirely accurate since you are supposed to make 20 meatballs and it serves six.. it doesn't divide out evenly.
    good recipe though. - 4/13/09

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This sound very delicious, can't wait to try it. - 3/26/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made these when my kids were young and we loved them, Then I lost my recipe.. Thank you for posting this. cant wait to make them again - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    thanx. - 3/26/09

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I have used barbaque sauce in place of tomato and added chili power for a little punch! - 3/26/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My mom would use gravy which she defatted for fewer calories. Basic meatballs are great with any sauce! - 3/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My mom used to make this with sweet&sour sauce! YUMMY! - 3/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love these! My mom made these (and we got to help) when I was a kid. It's the one recipe she gave me when I got married and now my kids love them too! - 5/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    When given the choice between mealloaf or porcupine meatballs I will pick these everytime! - 3/14/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    If you put the meatballs in the broiler to cook they cook faster and it will save you some time. - 12/17/07

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this is good - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Have made this for over 30 years, kids loved it then and also make it now. Yum - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Haven't made this yet but I am going to use ground turkey. When I use ground turkey the fat and calories decrease, the flavor is great and I find them easier to digest. - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Eat again and again.LOVELY. - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is a terrific easy recipe and taste's delicious! Substitute reg brown sugar w/splenda and you save a few calories! - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Omit the sugar. - 12/16/07

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    YUM YUM YUM - 3/26/07

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is a good recipe!! - 6/20/10

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I will try this recipe on the weekend... - 3/30/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My boyfriend suggested having meatballs and there was this porcupine ball on my spark page. I plan on making it tonight without the sauce. I also wil cut up mushrooms to add to the burger and plan on adding a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, just one to as not to over power it. Can't wait to try it - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Guys at work were talking about these the other nite at work, i tried to make them from what I remembered them saying but, didnt write it down and it wasn't pretty, lol. Tasted good but a mess.... this is great, to see what they will turn out like for real!! - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My mom made this when I was young. Thanks for the recipe and the memories! - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I cant wait to make these. Better than regular meatballs. - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    a lot of sugar in this. I prefer savor flavour instead of sweet. And what about turkey instead of beef? - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so good. Will definitely try. - 3/26/09

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    sounds good - 3/20/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    omigosh! My mother made a similar thing... in her pressure cooker! (That was before microwaves, darlings!!!) THANK YOU! I'm really happy for this updated version! I WILL make it. Don't feel bad if i change seasonings slightly to fit what i remember mom using. - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait tomake it! - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I make these For Family Dinners - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I have always loved these and I can't wait to make them - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Sugar, mustard and rice in a meatball...sounds interesting. - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I don't like mustard! So I will try it without the mustard or sugar. Might try with regular brown rice -- just soaked first to soften it up. - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    God good - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    ? - 5/9/08

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Yum, I will make these for my family! - 5/9/08

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  • Delicious! I quadrupled the recipe to make 4 meals of 25 meatballs each. (Family of 4, 5 meatballs each). Substituted a 50/50 mix of cooked brown rice and raw rolled oats for the quick brown rice. Suggest some salt and extra mustard in the meat mix for extra flavor. Freezes well--very convenient! - 3/21/14

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  • This was very good. This quite possibly is the first time that I've made Porcupine Meatballs. My mom would make Lazy Daisy Meatballs, which is very different from Porcupine Meatballs. This recipe is one that I definitely will make again and again! - 3/2/13

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  • Easy to make, great taste. Will definitely make these again!! - 2/4/13

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  • Love it when we try a new recipe and it is DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS! I cooked the brown rice - next time will leave it raw and see if the meatballs stay together a little better.
    Great idea to double batch and freeze. Thanks! - 3/2/11

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  • My mom made this when I was younger in a skillet without forming meatballs. The kids absolutely love it. I also add peppers. - 2/23/11

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  • Served over rice with peppers! Super good. - 2/3/11

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  • easy to make and store extras (I baked them). - 1/28/11

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  • The flavor was excellent, however, mine fell apart in the pan and didn't stay "balls". This receipe would make a great meatloaf as well. - 7/27/10

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  • I hadn't heard of porcupine meatballs till the last several years. I use 4% fat beef, stoneground mustard and pureed unsalted stewed tomatoes. Thanks for a great recipe! - 7/18/10

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  • I always play around with recipes but this one needed very little tweaking. I used different seasoning and add splenda to the meatballs instead of brown sugar to the sauce. I also make my own sauce rather than using just a can of tomato sauce. We love the meatballs tho :) - 7/15/10

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  • I will definitely try these. My Mom used to make them when I was small. Sounds delish! - 7/4/10

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  • TASTY!!!!!!! - 6/28/10

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  • This sounds great and easy so I will definetly try it. It kinda reminds me of sweedish meatballs but with less calories. - 6/23/10

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  • Haven't made these in years, but always loved them. Now with dietary restrictions of my husband & me, I will use 1/2 93% lean beef & 1/2 ground WHITE turkey. I also often boil meatballs & discard the water. It serves 2 purposes: REALLY helps meatballs hold together and further reduces fat! - 6/21/10

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great!! I will try it with ground moose.... - 6/20/10

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to add 1 egg to this recipe to help hold the meatballs together...hope it works. Sounds really good. - 6/20/10

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great. Will probably bake as well, but is 60 minutes at 325 too long a time? - 6/20/10

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