What’s for dinner? How about some old-fashioned rice and beef porcupines? Recipes from the 1940s & 1950s

Creative meatballs: Rice and beef porcupines a tender and tempting dish

Here is an exciting way to make a rice and beef main dish which is new and different!

Your children will think it is great fun to eat these savory “little fellows” made of economical rice and beef. Dad, too, will enjoy this way to serve the meat favorite — beef — and will be mightly pleased when a platter of porcupine meatballs is placed before him to serve.

Uncooked rice and beef are mixed together, and during the baking, the grains of rice absorb moisture and pop through the surface to make white “quills.”

So make these beef and rice balls often, and keep your family pleased and satisfied.

Rice and beef porcupines recipe (1948)

Fun to make — fun to eat!

Now here’s a recipe that shows you the delicious things you can make with Hunt’s tomato sauce… When you take these “porcupines” from the saucepan, notice how the rice has puffed up — light and oh, so tasty!
Rice and beef porcupines recipe 1948


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Rice and beef porcupines recipe (1953)

1953 Rice and beef porcupines recipe

Made with Hunt’s Tomato sauce — A spectacular recipe for a modest little price!

Good? They’re simply wonderful! Just look how those grains of rice swell up luscious and tender, thanks to nice-and-spicy Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. Hunt’s is the real, kettle-simmered tomato sauce — not a soup, no starchy thickeners! Its one purpose — to make your favorite dishes still more flavory. Get some and try this recipe!

Mix together:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup raw rice, well washed
3 tbsp. chopped onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. salt

Form mixture into 10 or 12 small balls. Brown them lightly in an uncovered saucepan in:
3 tbsp. fat

Drain off excess fat and add:
2 cans Hunt’s tomato sauce
1 cup water

Cover tightly. Simmer 45 to 50 minutes, or till rice is tender. Serve with the flavory pan gravy. Ummm, but it’s good!


Rice and beef porcupines recipe card

Rice and beef porcupines recipe card










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