If you’ve scrolled through Pinterest lately you may have noticed a new trend creeping up in your feed. No, we’re not talking about Japanese beauty trends or Trumpkins (though we’ll admit we’re totally fascinated with those too). We’re referring to something of the more mouth-watering variety and they’re known as porcupine meatballs. These special meatballs are bound together with rice rather than breadcrumbs, giving them their spiky appearance and their name. Traditionally cooked in tomato sauce, this comfort food dish dates back to your grandma’s dinner table. Lucky for all of us, it’s a trend that’s resurfacing and we’ve gathered up a few recipes so you can jump on the bandwagon.
1. Porcupine Meatballs: You can’t beat the classics. This traditional recipe calls for ground beef, long-grain rice, parmesan and tomato sauce. Serve on its own or over creamy polenta for a hearty meal. (via Yahoo Lifestyle)
2. Porcupine Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce: This riff on tradition adds heat from chipotles and a garnish of fresh cilantro for a southwestern spin. We love it with soft flour tortillas. (via The Wicked Noodle)
4. Cous Cous Porcupine Meatballs: Using soft cous cous as the binder in this recipe makes for a super tender meatball. A dunk in cream of mushroom soup and a bed of egg noodles take this to a new level of hearty. It’s perfect for a cold winter night. (via Sweet C’s Designs)
5. Porcupine Meatballs: Spice it up! This version mixes the meat with a blend of dried spices and Worcestershire sauce for extra depth of flavor. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry, so you can prep a meal in minutes. (via The Recipe Critic)
6. Porcupine Meatballs with Cream Sauce: This dish gives new meaning to meat and potatoes. Porcupine meatballs get baked in a homemade cream sauce and served over mashed potatoes. Can you say YUM? (via Olga’s Flavor Factory)
7. Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Porcupine Meatballs: Vegetarians and carnivores, unite! This veggie version is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, regardless of your dietary preferences. Make them as the main meal or serve them as an appetizer at your next cocktail party. (via Happy Food Healthy Life)
8. Polish Porcupine Meatballs: This recipe was handed down from a Polish grandma, which is probably a sign that it’s good. Like, really good. We also love the short list of ingredients. (via Cupcakes and Kale Chips)
Do you have favorite recipes from your grandparents or great grandparents? Tell us in the comments below.