Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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This Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System is great because the meatballs get texture from the rice. The rice also absorbs the taste of the meat and sauce, making the meatball really flavorful. By using rice instead of bread crumbs, the meatballs are gluten-free if you check your labels.

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

This Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System is great because the rice gives the meatballs a diferent texture. The rice also absorbs the taste of the meat and sauce, making the whole meatball flavorful and surprisingly moist. By using rice instead of bread crumbs to make the meatballs, this recipe is gluten-free if you check your labels.

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1x 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (the kind in the shaker)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp parsley

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Instructions

Place the ground beef into a large mixing bowl.

Add the seasonings and the egg and mix well.

Pour the rice into the bowl and combine thoroughly.

Form meatballs of equal size and place them into the Ninja. (My batch contained 15 fairly large meatballs.)

Set the Ninja to stovetop high and brown the meatballs on all sides.

Once the meatballs have browned, pour the tomato sauce into the Ninja and give a quick, gentle stir, which makes sure some sauce gets under the meatballs.

Set the Ninja to dry bake 350 and cook for 30 minutes.

Serve immediately over rice.

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Instructions

Place the ground beef into a large mixing bowl. Add the seasonings and the egg and mix well. Pour the rice into the bowl and combine thoroughly. Form meatballs of equal size and place them into the Ninja. (My batch contained 15 fairly large meatballs.) Set the Ninja to stovetop high and brown the meatballs on all sides. Once the meatballs have browned, pour the tomato sauce into the Ninja and give a quick, gentle stir, which makes sure some sauce gets under the meatballs. Set the Ninja to dry bake 350 and cook for 30 minutes. Serve immediately over rice.

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    15 comments

    Gloria September 15, 2018 - 1:18 pm

    This is a fun recipe. I can’t remember the last time I made these. I will have to give this a try the next time the grandkids are here for dinner. I think this is something they will enjoy!

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    Jyothi (Jo) September 15, 2018 - 1:24 pm

    This looks and sounds so lovely! We eat a lot of meatball so I can’t wait to try this as a way to change things up a bit from the norm. I’d love to try this with chicken or lamb – do you think it’ll work with chicken ?

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate September 15, 2018 - 1:27 pm

    These look so good! I’ve seen “porcupine” meatballs several times, but have never tried them! I love how you mentioned that the rice picks up the flavor, too! Mmm!

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    Claudia Lamascolo September 15, 2018 - 1:54 pm

    Wow these look super yummy and actually fun to eat . I am pretty sure since my grand son is a big rice lover he will go crazy over these too!

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    Veena Azmanov September 15, 2018 - 5:33 pm

    This sounds like a cool meatball recipe. My kids love meatballs so this would be definitely something they would enjoy very much. Saving for later.

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    Marisa Franca September 16, 2018 - 7:32 am

    We used to make something similar to this when we made our pigs in the blanket. We’d wrap the meat and rice in the cabbage leaves. What a great way to have your protein and carb at the same time.

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    Mahy Elamin September 16, 2018 - 9:41 am

    Oh how delicious this recipe looks! I really like. It’s just incredible. Thank you!

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    Jenni LeBaron September 16, 2018 - 1:18 pm

    I just learned what porcupine meatloaf was so I am jazzed to see it made into these scrumptious meatballs! I love the Italian seasoning and flavors you added to these along with the parmesan cheese.

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    Karyn September 16, 2018 - 5:57 pm

    What a fab way to cook meatballs. So tasty , perfect family weekday dinner. My kids would have no complaints if i served this

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    Catherine September 16, 2018 - 8:23 pm

    These sound and look delicious! Such a cute name for them too…I bet they are delicious!

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    swathi September 16, 2018 - 11:51 pm

    This is cool recipe, I like the idea of using the rice to coast the meat. I would love to give it try, It looks delicious and cute name too.

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    Natalie September 17, 2018 - 8:32 am

    This is a perfect family dinner recipe. Looks so tasty and I bet my kiddo will enjoy it. Can’t wait to make this for him.

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    pat. September 19, 2018 - 1:03 pm

    Gluten free is healthy.

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    Carroll April 8, 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Sorry. Not a fan of this recipe or specifically the directions for this recipe. I made the meatballs according to directions. I baked on 360 because 350 just didn’t sound quite high enough in my experience (my profession was Caterer). I am fairly new to Ninja Foodi so I am trying to get a feel for all the different modes of cooking. I put these meatballs on Bake for 30 minutes and the rice was not done – it was crunchy. Not a fan of uncooked rice in meatballs. Wish I had tried to pressure cook them instead. As far as the meatball itself, it was ok.

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    Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen April 9, 2020 - 2:33 pm

    I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. I have never made it in a Foodi, the instructions are for the Ninja Cooking System, that may be why you had a difference.

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