This week has been crazy and it is only Wednesday.
I am happy that I have meals like this one in my pocket when they going gets crazy. I know many people have tried porcupine meatballs before, but it was a new to me recipe when I came across it a few months ago. Since then, it seems like I see recipes all over, and even using an instant pot! I know that it is hard to sift through all of those recipes, and I can tell you that this recipe is delicious, easy, and my kiddos love when I make it for dinner.
The beauty of this dish is that the meatballs cook right in the sauce, and there is not browning, transferring, replacing- this is in one place. Isn’t fuss free the best? To be fair, I don’t mind a recipe with a few steps, but I need to be in the mood for it and have time on my side. If your life is like mine- time is never on your side on the weeknights. Think of this as a reinforcement against the crazy.
Porcupine meatballs are regular meatballs that are mixed with uncooked rice while raw. Add a little seasoning, a little cheese, and a little egg. The meatballs are simmered in a tomato sauce to cook the meat and rice. The name comes from the little bits of cooked rice that poke out once cooked to resemble a little porcupine. Clever girl.
I like to use brown rice in my meatballs, but if you prefer white that will work fine using the same ratio. I serve this with mashed potatoes and some type of vegetable for a side. We are currently on a green bean kick, but I have been hankering for some roasted brussel sprouts.
So back to this week. This crazy week. We are having our cabinet refaced, and I know I have discussed that a few times, but this was the week we are officially without a kitchen. It is Thursday and I am ready for my kitchen to be mine again, but we are experiencing a delay. The project was going smoothly until our installer began to prep for the trim around the cabinets, and it was discovered that there was not wood on the wrap. It literally looks like brown packing tape. The doors and other wood pieces look great, and we are confounded as to how this happened. It was likely an error or some kind, but it makes me nervous. I called the store we purchased from and who contracts everyone and I am pleased that there is fire under some asses right now…. So what was a one week project will likely take 2 weeks or more and I am left without a kitchen. I know they will look beautiful at the end but, I am really annoyed about the time delay.
Sigh…. first world problems, right? I am trying not to get too upset about it based on that fact. It will be fine, and we will just have to be a little creative the next week and a half.
Plus, how can I be mad when looking at that tasty plate of food?
Last night, we are headed to a friend’s house for dinner. I brought a pot of chili and we enjoyed it while we let the kids play. We also treated ourselves, I mean the kids, to a little custard. Tonight we are haeding out for pizza and the thought of needing to eat out for all of next week is a little daunting, not to mention expensive, but I am thinking this short in between time before the new product comes in to prep a few dinners I can warm in the microwave, or we can cook on the grill. Any suggestions or ideas from you guys would be greatly appreciated because I have a feeling we are going to have some burnout! Low amounts of dirty dishes is a plus because my dishwasher is currently disconnected….
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 (10 3/4 oz) cans condensed tomato soup, divided
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- In a medium bowl, mix together meat, rice, egg, parsley, onion, salt, pepper, cheese, and 1/4 cup tomato soup, mixing until well-combined.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring often. Yield: 4 servings.
- Shape into 24 small meatballs. Place in skillet.
- Whisk remaining tomato soup, beef broth and Worcestershire Sauce and pour over meatballs.
- Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, rotating the meatballs halfway into cooking.