Free Recipe Friday – Porcupines!

The first time I ever tasted Porcupines was in a Shaker restaurant. Imagine my surprise to find the recipe for Porcupine Meatballs in Wonderful Good Cooking, a small-press Amish cookbook produced by my brother-in-law’s friend in Berlin, Ohio several decades ago. I’ve tried this recipe, and love the porcupines! In fact, I even wrote about them in my first mystery, Murder by Mushroom. Alas, that was not an Amish story. But maybe I can resurrect the porcupines in an upcoming story of the Amish of Apple Grove!


1 ½ pounds ground beef
½ cup uncooked rice
1 tsp water
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can tomato soup

Combine meat, rice, salt, pepper, and onion. Shape into small balls. Blend soup and water. Put in casserole and pour soup and water over the meatballs. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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