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Porcupines (Meatballs)


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Ingredients

6 portion(s)

Meatballs:

  • 1 brown onion, Peeled & halved
  • 2 clove garlic, Peeled
  • 1 zucchini, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 carrot, Roughly Chopped
  • 500 gram Beef mince
  • fresh mint, To taste
  • fresh parsley, To taste
  • salt & pepper, To taste
  • 20 grams Bbq sauce
  • 1 dash worchester sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 100 gram Uncooked rice

Tomato Sauce:

  • 750 gram tomato passata
  • 1 tablespoon Veg Stock Paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 300 grams water
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Place onion, garlic, zucchini, carrot and herbs in TM bowl, mix 5-10 secs sp 7 or until desired consistency (I like it quite fine). Scrape down sides of bowl.

    Add remaining meatball ingredients and mix reverse / sp 5 until all combined

    Roll 1 teaspoon of meatball mixture into small balls and place on varoma trays, one layer per tray.

    Empty tomato passata into TM bowl, water (fill passata jar with water and shake to get remaining out of the bottle), vegetable stock and sugar.  Mix sp 4 for 4 secs.

    Place varoma on top and cook for 1 hour, varoma temp, speed 3.  Check tomato sauce after 30 minutes and top up with water if it’s reduced to much.  Aim to finish with 500mls sauce.

    Place cooked porcupines in thermoserver and pour over tomato sauce.

    Enjoy!

    Serve with a fresh green salad.

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Tip

If the meatballs are cooked before the recommended 60 mins, remove them and keep warm in a Thermoserver. However the beauty of steaming is they will stay moist due to the steam cooking method.  You may need to continue cooking the sauce to reduce it to a thicker consistency.

I use small zucchinis and carrots, if thery are large you may need to squeeze out some of their liquid as this will cause wet/sloppy meatballs.  If you think the mixture is to wet, add some breadcrumbs or extra rice to saok up some of the moisture.


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  • Loved this receipe an old family favourite now...

    Submitted by kat7400 on 23. September 2017 - 19:20.

    Loved this receipe an old family favourite now adapted to the thermoix

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  • A favourite in our house

    Submitted by JodieCunningham on 5. August 2017 - 08:16.

    A favourite in our house

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  • I love this dish! very straightforward and tasty...

    Submitted by GolfGirl on 31. July 2017 - 12:25.

    I love this dish! very straightforward and tasty recipe to make. family friendly. I serve over spinach leaves.

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  • Made these tonight and hit some serious mum...

    Submitted by Kell32 on 30. March 2017 - 21:43.

    Made these tonight and hit some serious mum points! It was sloppy but went with it. I had a little mixture that didn't fit so I fried them up and put them in the thermal bowl to wait for the rest.
    We had them with mashed potatoes, absolute 10/10! It will be a regular in our house, thank you!!!

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  • So yummy. I didn't have time to steam for the...

    Submitted by essalee on 20. March 2017 - 19:36.

    So yummy. I didn't have time to steam for the hour, so just popped it all into a frypan covered and cooked for around 30 mins. I thought when reading the recipe that mint would be a bit weird, but it gave a very subtle nice flavour. Will keep this one in a regular rotation from now on.

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  • Great recipe! Followed the instructions but made a...

    Submitted by warne78 on 17. January 2017 - 13:09.

    Great recipe! Followed the instructions but made a few tweaks with added herbs / spices. Turned out really well, will make again for sure.

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  • Absolutely delicious. ...i

    Submitted by Chokolart on 3. November 2016 - 22:49.

    Absolutely delicious. ...i was so worried as i normally make these in the saucepan. ..they are my hubby's favorite. I was concerned the meatballs would have a poached flavor but they were really tasty ..hubby was very impressed! 

     I used 800g Tin of heinz big red tomato soup and 3/4 tin water (no stock) instead of pasatta just because that's what i normally use when cooking them in the saucepan.  I also added 1 heaped tsp beef stock powder to the meatballs and used parsley, mint and rosemary for the herbs.  I rolled mine in 1/2 tblsp sized balls  and cooked for same time as recipe.  Definitely on the favourites list.   thankyou

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  • Very yummy. Subbed the

    Submitted by FamMez on 19. October 2016 - 21:26.

    Very yummy. Subbed the passata with a can of tomato soup and can of diced tomatoes. Would reduce cooking time next time tough. 

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  • Recipe sounded great but my

    Submitted by Kat68 on 19. October 2016 - 11:40.

    Recipe sounded great but my meatballs were tasteless and the kids refused to eat them (they said the rice looked like worms coming out of a brain!!). Freeze the rest for Halloween nibbles perhaps! Made as per recipe so not sure why I seem to be the only one not raving about these - I must have done something wrong.

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  • My meatballs fell apart probs

    Submitted by teresahanrahan on 18. September 2016 - 19:39.

    My meatballs fell apart probs should only cook for 30 minutes in TM 5

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  • Great meal my kids and hubby

    Submitted by CMC81 on 24. August 2016 - 15:49.

    Great meal my kids and hubby thought it was delicious.

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  • A childhood favourite of mine

    Submitted by Addijakers on 15. August 2016 - 18:40.

    A childhood favourite of mine and my kids love it now too! Thanks for sharing! 

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  • Great recipe, will definitely

    Submitted by ScorpioM on 29. July 2016 - 21:39.

    Great recipe, will definitely be making again. I didn't have any passata, so used tin of tomato soup instead.

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  • Great recipe!!!  Very

    Submitted by Dixie321 on 25. July 2016 - 19:33.

    Great recipe!!!  Very versatile.  I didn't have the right ingredients for the sauce so I just made it up. Also I didn't have zucchini so I used 2 carrots instead. Meat balls were sooo yummy!   My kids are super fussy but enjoyed them. I will definitely make this again. i made my meatballs pretty small so they were done after 30 mins. 

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  • A family friendly recipe

    Submitted by Ness83small on 29. June 2016 - 18:48.

    A family friendly recipe which everyone enjoyed, and nice and easy.

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  • Delicious! I used brown rice

    Submitted by mel_mackie on 14. June 2016 - 19:57.

    Delicious! I used brown rice and turned out great. So tasty and a great way to get extra veg in! 

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  • Soooooooooooooooooo yummy! we

    Submitted by Aunty Cake on 5. May 2016 - 16:56.

    Soooooooooooooooooo yummy! we only had brown rice and this was just so perfectly yummy!

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  • I find the tomato sauce a bit

    Submitted by Mum Loves Food on 3. May 2016 - 22:50.

    I find the tomato sauce a bit basic, I think I'll need to make some tweaks for a more complex flavour. 

    Join the chat group, share & get inspired: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MumLovesFood/

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  • Delicious, the kids loved

    Submitted by MelbourneHolli on 23. April 2016 - 19:16.

    Delicious, the kids loved this so much.  Even the fuss pot!  They loved the look of the "porcupines"!

    I omitted the sugar and the worchester sauce.  Thanks for a great recipe.    

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  • Delicous enjoyed by all!  

    Submitted by MinkaW on 4. April 2016 - 17:40.

    Delicous enjoyed by all!

     

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  • Fabulous recipe! I will cook

    Submitted by melanie-jade on 22. March 2016 - 21:02.

    Fabulous recipe! I will cook for less time in future as the sauce was quite thick. I didn't add the egg due to allergies, and added a handful of breadcrumbs. Served with pasta and green beans on the side. 

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  •   one word - delicious i have

    Submitted by Lannys on 12. January 2016 - 20:34.

     

    one word - delicious

    i have been eating these since I was little and this recipe made in the thermo are the yummiest - easy recipe and everyone enjoyed - will def be making again 

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  • Easy and delicious. Thank you

    Submitted by nichy on 10. November 2015 - 19:01.

    Easy and delicious. Thank you for posting!

    Nichy 

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  • Our family really enjoed

    Submitted by 5westleys on 25. July 2015 - 13:42.

    Our family really enjoed these served with pasta, I wasn't sure the kids would eat them as to look at without the sauce made the stomach turn lol, but they are delicious

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  • I reduced my sauce a bit

    Submitted by Mum Loves Food on 10. July 2015 - 20:40.

    I reduced my sauce a bit much, but it was a great family dinner.

    https://www.facebook.com/MumLovesFood

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  • Had this as one of my first

    Submitted by Margk2434 on 12. June 2015 - 19:41.

    Had this as one of my first attempts on the TM. Very easy & yummy. Might also use half the passata next time, as just a little too much liquid. Was good to the freeze the left overs

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  • Loved these, even hubby

    Submitted by Jazwa on 8. June 2015 - 21:03.

    Loved these, even hubby thought they were great, and he's a meatball aficionado! The mix was a bit wet, but they cooked up well, so moist and tender. For the sauce, I blitzed half an onion and a clove of garlic, then sauteed, added a dash of red wine, veg stock paste and half the passata to make a smaller batch of richer sauce. Plated up the meatballs with steamed veg and poured the sauce over it. YUM!

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  • Very tasty, but would have to

    Submitted by Penny Halfpenny on 14. May 2015 - 21:24.

    Very tasty, but would have to say, I still prefer these cooked in my pressure cooker, however, enjoyed cooking them a different way.  

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  • We love making this recipe

    Submitted by Linafid on 12. May 2015 - 21:09.

    We love making this recipe ... and more importantly ... eating it.  Thank you.

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  • Everyone loved it! great

    Submitted by Karensiddle on 29. April 2015 - 12:19.

    Everyone loved it! great recipe, Thanks

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  • worked a treat! I didn't have

    Submitted by MrsFrankie on 17. April 2015 - 20:10.

    worked a treat! I didn't have any beef mince so used pork mince instead and it was very tasty.

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  • Awesome dinner recipe.  A hit

    Submitted by Snowy71 on 14. April 2015 - 19:43.

    Awesome dinner recipe.  A hit with our family.  Easy and filling.  Fed our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) with leftovers for the next day.

     

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  • So delicious! Kids and hubby

    Submitted by Lissie85 on 19. March 2015 - 13:17.

    So delicious! Kids and hubby loved it, much better than the way I used to make them tmrc_emoticons.) Will be a new favourite easy go dish in our family!

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  • Yum, family loved these!

    Submitted by Felicia81 on 17. March 2015 - 14:23.

    Yum, family loved these!

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  • Delish. I added half a cup of

    Submitted by abbscat on 4. March 2015 - 18:47.

    Delish. I added half a cup of grated parmesan cheese to bind the meatballs and left out the zucchini (as I didn't have one). They cooked in 30 minutes and the sauce was a good consistency. Thanks for sharing Love

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  • Delish

    Submitted by abbscat on 4. March 2015 - 18:37.

    Delish

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  • Yummy!!! i doubled it and it

    Submitted by Carries on 15. February 2015 - 20:27.

    Yummy!!!

    i doubled it and it fed our family of 7 with loads of leftovers for lunch boxes tomorrow ,I did take my meatballs off with 15 minutes to go and sat my varoma on the thermo server bowl ,and served with veg I cooked in a

    pot ,next time I'll put the meatballs in the thermo server and steam veg 

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  • I made these last night and

    Submitted by Aussie TM5 Thermomixer on 12. February 2015 - 14:01.

    I made these last night and they were fantastic and a huge hit with the kids! I have to say that like some of the previous comments the meatball mixture was very wet and sloppy, I had to add breadcrumbs to the mixture. The sauce in the bottom needed more flavour so I added more stock, Worcestershire sauce and onion powder.  There was also heaps more mixture to fit more than the two varoma tray/dish so I made my meatballs slightly bigger, and they were cooked in 40 minutes (didn't need the full 60 minutes). Love how the rice sticks out once it's cooked, very cute and a novelty for the kids! Thank you for sharing your recipe! 

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  • This is a fav of ours, am

    Submitted by Mich2013 on 30. January 2015 - 14:08.

    This is a fav of ours, am making this again tonight, even made my own passata sauce from the thermo site, using chopped tomatoes that I had frozen, minced my own meat and herbs from the garden yum, thanks for sharing this one Big Smile

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  • Very tasty. They were cooked

    Submitted by Jaynic on 29. January 2015 - 22:40.

    Very tasty. They were cooked in 35 minutes

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  • Great family dinner. super

    Submitted by Lozzzaaa on 28. January 2015 - 20:43.

    Great family dinner. super cute appearance & kids loved rage taste. Thanks 

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  • I made these for dinner last

    Submitted by dinosaur soup on 25. January 2015 - 10:45.

    I made these for dinner last night- delicious and so much fun! Only thing- is there a reason why they need to be cooked for a full hour?

    I checked the temperature with my instant read thermometre (Thermapen) at the 30 minute mark and they were well and truly cooked through. I took them off at that point. Was wondering if it was to reduce the sauce down? I think cooking them any longer may have made the meat too tough. 

    In any case, it was a really yummy recipe and I can see myself making these again. Thanks! 

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  • Flavour was nice but mixture

    Submitted by Steffiweffy8 on 24. January 2015 - 22:05.

    Flavour was nice but mixture was very mushy. I added 1 cup of breadcrumbs and mixture was still too wet that the cooked meatballs fell apart when taking out of the varoma.

    Next time i would not use zucchini or use only half (to make the mixture less wet) and also add 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Might also pop the meatballs in the fridge prior so they hold their shape better when cooking.

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  • My meatball mix was very

    Submitted by Naenskid on 24. January 2015 - 00:02.

    My meatball mix was very sloppy, i had to squeeze out tonnes of water from each meatball, also was way more then 2 trays worth, and didnt love the flavour? dont know what went wrong as everyone else seems to have loved them?

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  • Hmm, not sure what ive done

    Submitted by thestarks@iprimus.com.au on 23. January 2015 - 17:24.

    Hmm, not sure what ive done wrong.

    folowed the recipe the the "T".

    meatball mix very, very wet & sloppy - didn't add water until making the sauce.

    i then added more rice to the meatball mix and a little bread crumbs too seemed ok.

    wheni rolled the teaspoon sized balls, i completely covered all of the holes on the bottom & top layers of the  Varoma .

    stay tuned to see hw things turned out,

    Kymberley.

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  • Gails- I think it might be

    Submitted by dinosaur soup on 23. January 2015 - 14:10.

    Gails- I think it might be computer code speak... I've seen this happen before on other websites. Don't think it's related to this recipe particularly. 

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  • when i printed out the recipe

    Submitted by Gails on 22. January 2015 - 18:24.

    when i printed out the recipe it read 1 brown onion peeled & amp; amp halved .  not sure why but i notice that your recipe here doesnt, so ill just ignore it . thanks for getting back to me im cooking them now. tmrc_emoticons.)

     

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  • This meal was absolutely

    Submitted by cheekycook on 20. January 2015 - 19:51.

    This meal was absolutely delicious! I admit, I have been hesitant to cook the meatballs in the Varoma. I thought they would not be as nice as the oven.  I have even prepared this in the thermomix and cooked them in the oven.  I was very wrong! They were better in the varoma! After meatballs and sauce were cooked, I combined them in the pot I used to cook the spaghetti and I let it all sit together with the lid oN for five minutes. Poured over spaghetti this was senstional! Thanks for the great recipe, I love it!

     

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  • Made this last night.  Turned

    Submitted by Jodie16 on 20. January 2015 - 17:32.

    Made this last night.  Turned out exactly like the pics and was very tasty BUT what a mess it made in the varoma!  All the little holes were completely clogged with gluggy starchy stuff that has not completely come out after soaking, dishwasher, soaking again, scrubbing with bicarb, hot water and vinegar....I'm wondering if I could line the trays with baking paper next time or would that hinder the cooking process?  

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  • Gails, I can't see anywhere

    Submitted by Danille on 20. January 2015 - 16:44.

    Gails, I can't see anywhere where it says amps, could you point me in the right direction to correct it. Depending on your device, sometimes where we use symbols instead of words it changes it to strange words. 

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