Porcupine Balls


By Lois from Bluffton


1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. breadcrumbs
1/2 c. of uncooked white rice
1 tsp. of garlic powder
Salt and pepper

1 c. ketchup
1 c. of cola (NOT DIET! - Coke works best.)
1 tsp. of garlic powder


Mix all ingredients thoroughly, being sure that the uncooked rice is distributed evenly. Shape into 1 1/2-inch diameter balls and place in an oblong baking pan, leaving some space between the balls to allow rice to expand.

Whisk ketchup, cola, and garlic together in a small sauce pan.  When just about boiling, remove from heat and pour over meatballs.  Bake entire casserole at 375°, covered, for 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Remove cover and bake another 10-15 minutes until browned on top.

This recipe should serve six (depending on side dishes). Kids love it and the meatballs should resemble little Porcupines with the grains of rice sticking out of them!