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Porcupine Meatballs
with potatoes / green beans

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min

These "porcupine" meatballs get their name from the cooked rice that is folded into the mixture and pokes out a bit after cooking. Ricotta lends moisture to the meatballs.
Smarts: If you’d like tomato sauce for dipping Thursday’s calzones, double the recipe below and set half aside for Thurs.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Thyme:
  • Shallots - 1 bulb, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Thyme leaves - 1 tsp, leaves torn
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
Porcupine Meatballs:
  • Beef, ground - 1 lb
  • Cheese, ricotta - 1/4 cup
  • Panko breadcrumbs, gluten-free - 1/4 cup (sub any gluten-free breadcrumbs)
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - 1 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Boiled Potatoes and Green Beans:
  • Green beans, fresh or frozen - 12 oz, chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Potatoes, baby red or yellow - 1 lb, halved
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Green beans / Shallots / Garlic / Thyme - Prep as directed. Store green beans and shallots in their own containers. Combine garlic and thyme in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make tomato sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get water for potatoes / green beans boiling before continuing with prep.) Heat a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and paprika and saute for 1 minute. Pour tomatoes over top and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Form meatballs - Combine beef, cheese, panko, eggs, salt, oregano, black pepper, and cooked rice. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm wide meatballs. You should have ~4 meatballs per serving. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Potatoes - Slice potatoes in half. Soak in water if not using right away.

Make

  1. Place potatoes into a stock pot and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  2. Add green beans and continue simmering potatoes and green beans together until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, 4 to 6 minutes more.
  3. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
  4. Meanwhile, heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and saute on all sides until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Pour tomato sauce (reserve half if you doubled it for Thursday) around meatballs and cover. Cook, covered, until meatballs are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Toss potatoes and green beans with butter. Season generously with some salt and pepper.
  7. Serve meatballs and sauce with potatoes and green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 35 reviews

Testy meatballs! The potatoes and green beans were delicious!

By: Kate
Posted: Nov 08, 2018
Diet: Original

My husband and i enjoyed this combination. The only thing i didnt like was cooking the meatballs on the stove as i feel the oven is much easier and will free up cooking space.

By: Crystal
Posted: Nov 08, 2018
Diet: Original

I was not impressed with this meal as written. I ended up doctoring up the sauce a good bit - adding salt, pepper, Italian and creole seasonings as well as garlic and onion powder. I didn't have any breadcrumbs so I left those out of the meatballs, but I did add 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce. I also decided to roast the potatoes with salt, pepper and garlic and added the same to the sautéed green beans because the recipe as written seemed very bland. Overall though I liked the components of the meal and would make it again using the adjustments I made.

By: Courtney
Posted: Nov 08, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

Did not enjoy this match up at all!

By: Laurey
Posted: Nov 07, 2018
Diet: Original

Boiled green beans and cauliflower was so bland and boring. Meatballs were nothing to write home about and I hadn’t even cleaned the kitchen and the kids were cruising for snacks because they were still hungry.

By: Rebecca
Posted: Nov 07, 2018
Diet: Paleo

Added some Italian seasoning to jazz up the taste a little. Different and the whole family enjoyed it.

By: Lorra
Posted: Nov 07, 2018
Diet: Original