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Home..... Cooking...... Necessary

Winter just won't give up it's grip on us here in the UP.  Ron and I got back last night from a week+  in Phoenix.  I worked all week and Ron tagged along this time with me to get out of the snow and cold for a bit.  We were scheduled to fly home from our connecting flight in Chicago on Friday night but flight was cancelled, and then cancelled again on Saturday.  So....we finally got a small break in the weather on Sunday night and were able to get home.  Had a couple of fun days in Chicago - shopping and dining out, but certainly very nice to be home after a whopping 8 days away.

The last thing we wanted to do tonight was go out to eat.  As the temp is below 10 degrees F, warm comfort food was in order.  Porcupine Meatballs - a throwback from the 70's.  Yum...

I'll name this version after the ski area in the Porcupine Mountains in the Western UP.

Porcupine Mountain Meatballs:


1 lb ground beef
1/4 c water
1/2 c uncooked white rice
3 T minced onion
2 T fine breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 T minced garlic
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 c water


In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, water, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, salt and pepper until well mixed.  Form the mixture into twelve meatballs.  Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan over medium - high heat.  Add meatballs.  Cook until brown, turning to get both sides seared, about 4 minutes on each side.

Add tomato sauce and water to the pan.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat to med and simmer for approx 45 minutes until meatball are fully cooked.

Serve with mashed potatoes, using the sauce as a gravy.

commmfffyyyyy :-)  stay warm foodie followers.