Budget Meal No. 1 – Spicy Porcupine Balls
23 August 2011 in Uncategorized
Disclaimer: No porcupines became erm, *clears throat* sports models for this dish.
I’m a sucker for ‘specials’, my long suffering family will confirm this, so if mince is on special at my favourite butchery Oscars I buy in bulk. I paid R39.99 a kilo for the mince I used in this recipe, but in order to be fair I will use the price that it is currently, which is R49.99. I’m not going to cost out all the ingredients as many are staples that most of us have in the house.
I used to make this recipe for my kids when they were small using a diluted tin of tomato soup, but I no longer have to pander to young palettes. Little Troll was so cooking fussy; I swear the kid would have starved were it not for fish fingers and dippy eggs!
For the Porcupine Balls
350g beef mince R17.50 Oscars Butchery
1/3 onion finely chopped
¼ cup of uncooked rice
For the Sauce
1 tin of tomatoes R5.99 Food Lovers Market
2 TSP Worcester sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Italian or mixed dried herbs
I chilli – optional (I slash it to release flavour, cut it into slices if you want a bigger hit of heat)
A little water to thin the sauce
Heat oven to 180 degrees.
Combine the mince, chopped onion and uncooked rice, form into little balls.
Grease a covered ovenproof dish and place the balls in it, make sure there is enough space as they do expand.
Open the tin of tomatoes and blend in a liquidizer or food processor.
Place the tomato liquid in a pan, add the Worcester sauce, the sugar, the herbs and the chilli.
Heat and simmer for a while, add a little water if it’s too thick.
Pour over the balls and cook @ 180 for 45 minutes.
Check halfway to see if it needs any more water.
Serves 3 – 4 people, depending on appetites, the balls become quite dense so I found 3 balls were enough for me, this recipe made 14.
I served my porcupine balls with freshly cooked spinach R3.99 from Food Lovers Market. You don’t really need another starch as there is already rice in the meatballs, so not only is this dish economical, it’s lean cuisine! (no frying involved)