Casseroles flexible dishes requiring less preparation needed making them the ideal dish for the busy home cook. Most casserole recipes do not have to be followed exactly. Slight changes in the amount of the main ingredients will have little effect on the finished casserole. An appealing aspect of casseroles is they only take a few minutes to put together. While they are baking your time is freed up to do other things. Adding to the convenience of casseroles is most of them can be frozen for later use. I often make two casseroles at a time, popping one into the oven for that night's dinner and the other into the freezer for another night. They are a good way to use up those little bits of leftovers and casserole leftovers reheat well too.
Porcupine balls are tasty meatballs that get their name from the cooked rice sticking out from the surface. Grated carrot or zucchini can be added to the meat mixture if desired. They can be baked, cooked in a crockpot or covered frypan. Once cooked they do freeze well for later use.
1 lb lean ground beef
½ c uncooked long grain rice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
¾ tsp Italian seasoning
2 c (500 ml) jar home canned tomato soup*
Finely chop the onion. Mix all ingredients except the soup together. Form the meat mixture into walnut sized meatballs either by hand or using a meatball former. Place meatballs in a single layer in a baking pan. Pour the tomato soup over the meatballs. Cover and bake at 180ºC (350ºF) for 45 minutes. Remove cover. Bake an additional 15 minutes.
Yield: 24 meatballs
* If using commercially canned 10 oz soup add ¾ c of water to the soup before pouring over the meatballs.
home canned wax beans. I put two large potatoes in the oven to bake along with the porcupine balls. This meal would definitely fit into the comfort meal category because it just has that wonderful taste of homemade. The meatballs are a sure kid pleaser!
My husband said the meatballs tasted a lot like the filling in cabbage rolls and they did. I found the meatballs a little on the bland side so will be increasing the seasonings the next time I make them. I will also use home canned roasted tomato soup for a flavour boost.