Monday, May 9, 2016

What's For Dinner Tonight?{Gluten and Dairy Free} Porcupines

When I married my husband this is something that came with the package.  .  .his love for a dish his mother makes affectionately called "porcupines" (due to the rice poking out of the balls of meat like quills). I adapted it for our GF lifestyle (it originally uses Cambell's tomato soup). My kids cheer whenever we make it.

I am posting this on a group called Allergy-free Wednesdays at this week (here). For more recipe ideas, you should check it out!

1-1.5 lbs ground beef
1 small can of tomato paste
1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 TBS onion chopped or dried onion
salt and pepper

Mix ground beef, rice, salt, pepper and onion in a medium bowl. Form into small balls like meatballs and put in a saute pan. Turn on medium. Put tomato paste and 1 can of water into another bowl and stir. Pour over porcupine balls. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put a lid on. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through.  We serve these with mashed potatoes (using olive oil and chicken stock instead of milk and butter), and oven roasted broccoli.


  1. Yum! I think my kids would like this too

    1. I hope they do! It's one of my children's all time favorites.

  2. I agree- this is perfect for kids:)

  3. we used to have these a LOT when I was a kid...I'm 57.
    you can also make them in the pressure cooker to speed it up

    1. That is fun to hear of someone else who had these as a childhood classic. I have never tried the pressure cooker for these. Thanks for the tip!