Oven Porcupines

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 9
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 162.1
  • Total Fat: 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 51.9 mg
  • Sodium: 700.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 9.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 12.3 g

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I find that one "porcupine" meatball is enough for me, so I've calculated the servings accordingly. Recipe makes 9 meatballs. I find that one "porcupine" meatball is enough for me, so I've calculated the servings accordingly. Recipe makes 9 meatballs.
Number of Servings: 9


    450 grams Grass-fed Extra Lean Ground Beef
    1/2 cup Basmati Rice
    1 Large Egg
    1/2 cup Finely Diced Onions
    2 cloves Garlic, microplaned
    1 tsp Kosher Salt
    1/4 - 1/2 cup cold water
    1 bottle (680ml) Tomato Passata (Strained Tomatoes)
    2 tsp Dried Oregano
    2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
    2 tsp Tamari Soy sauce
    2 dashes Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
    1 tsp Kosher Salt
    1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Will post photo next time I make it...


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9X9 square baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, rice, egg, onion, garlic, salt and water. Start with 1/4 cup, mixture should be a bit "mucky" to work with, but not so watery that you can't form it into loose balls. The balls won't be compact and perfectly formed, but they should hold a somewhat rounded shape.

Form meat mixture by slightly generous 1/2 cup into ball-shaped mounds and place into prepared baking dish. Adjust meatballs into relatively evenly sizes as needed.
Mix together tomato passata, oregano, Worchestershire, soy sauce, Tabasco, salt and freshly ground pepper in a medium sized bowl. (I add about 1/2 cup of water to the bottle, give it a shake and add this to the sauce).

Pour evenly over the meatballs in the baking dish and cover tightly with foil.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours until meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165F. Check at 1 hour and add a little water if the mixture looks like it's drying out, but it shouldn't if you added the water from swishing out the bottle.

Remove foil, and return to oven for 10 minutes.

Serving Size: Makes 9 meatballs - calculated at 1 meatball per serving

Number of Servings: 9

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user PIXBADGIRL.

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