Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Minute Rice Meat Balls

I got this simply fantastic recipe off of a box of Minute Rice way back in 1964 or 1965. It's so quick and easy to make. This has been a family and potluck favorite for over 40 years.

My dad loved these meatballs, but never failed to ask me where the spaghetti was.

Minute Rice Meat Balls

1 cup Minute Rice
1 pound ground beef
1 egg slightly beaten
2 teaspoons grated onion (more to taste)*
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use Lawry's Garlic Salt)
1/8 teaspoon marjoram (optional)
2 1/2 cups tomato juice**
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Combine Minute Rice (right from the box) with beef, egg, onion, salt, marjoram, pepper, and 1/2 cup of tomato juice. Mix lightly. Shape mixture into 18 meatballs and place in a large skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to the remaining 2 cups of tomato juice. Pour juice over meat balls in skillet. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered 15 minutes, basting occasionally. Makes 6 servings, 3 meat balls for each serving .

*You can use McCormick Minced Onions in place of the fresh onions -- 3 Tablespoons = approximately 1/2 cup of fresh diced onions.

**Or use two 8-ounce cans Hunt's Tomato Sauce mixed with 1/2 cup water.

When preparing these meat balls for my family, I usually serve mashed potatoes and canned peas as the side dishes. When reheating, I add more tomato sauce to the meatballs so we can have it to use as gravy for the mashed potatoes. The cold leftovers also make great sandwiches.


The Trendy Boutique said...

Those meatballs look amazing! I think my mom might have made them when I was a kid because we always had Minute Rice around! Thanks for following my blog http://thetrendyboutiqueonline.blogspot.com. I am now a new follower of yours.

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Cherie said...

LOVE these meatballs! MY mom used to make these for me and my sister growing up. Prior to me turning vegetarian I often asked for her to cook them for me for my birthday!

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