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Porcupine Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

July 12, 2017

Submitted by Shelley Brant (Reno, NV)

Home life was never really stable for my sisters and myself. We moved a lot, and my married-but-essentially-single mother didn’t have time or energy to prepare meals.

This recipe of porcupine meatballs is served over mashed potatoes.

When I was 10, I made a friend who also lived with only her mom; we called her Aunt Sissy. She let us live with her and the other neighborhood strays who also came and went.

To me, porcupine meatballs mean family and stability.

Every Friday night, we’d make porcupine meatballs and mashed potatoes, instant iced tea with a bunch of sugar, and brownies. Then, we’d stay up late to watch Creature Features.

To me, porcupine meatballs mean family and stability.


  • Meatballs:
    • 1 lb. ground beef, not too lean
    • 1 cup minute rice, cooked
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 tsp. celery salt
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Gravy:
    • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
    • 1 can tomato soup
    • 2 cans water
    • 2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
  • Mashed potatoes:
    • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 4 tbsps. butter (or more as desired)
    • Reserved potato water
    • Salt and pepper to taste

COMBINE all the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together well with clean hands. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place them aside.

MIX both cans of soup, the Worcestershire sauce and the water in a large pot. Whisk to mix well. Bring the pot to boil over medium heat.

SUBMERGE meatballs in the gravy pot on boil, then reduce to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. As the meatballs and gravy are simmering, begin the mashed potatoes.

COVER potatoes in a medium pot with cold water and bring to a boil. When fork tender, drain the potatoes and reserve some of the cooking water.

PLACE hot potatoes in a bowl and mash or rice with as much butter, reserved water, salt and pepper as you like.

SERVE the meatballs and gravy over the mashed potatoes.

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