memaw’s porcupine meatballs

This is one of my husbands’ mother’s recipes. When I first heard about the preparation, I had a scrunched up nose and said, “Really? Let’s do it the other way…” then, “Okay, if you say this is how they taste best.” What way is it? Microwaved. Yep. ….I know, I know!

 I am one of those people that remember when microwaves came out. I remember Pillsbury making a FROZEN microwave popcorn. I remember my mom only buying the paper plated and towels that were “for” the microwave. Yep, there were paper towels and then ones labeled “microwave towels”. Marketing. Funny, how great it seemed to be able to cook a whole chicken in 8 minutes. (don’t quote me on that…) and now most people just have a microwave to heat up stuff, warm up coffee and cook oatmeal.  Now, folks here is a MICROWAVE meal that’s yummy. Promise.

Take 2 16 oz cans of pasta sauce, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1 1/2 tsp parsley;set aside

In another bowl, mix 1 c uncooked instant-style rice (brown rice is my fav.), 1 pkg ground beef or turkey, 1 egg, 1tsp onion powder and 1/2 c of the sauce. Shape into balls about the size of um..uh… hmmmm, an egg. An extra- large egg.  Now, arrange them in a dish that fits in your microwave. They will need some space between them. Like this:

Please excuse my beat-up pan. I got a new one, and when I went to toss this one, my hubby said; no, it has character and memories. I was shocked at that because he throws away EVERYTHING. (except us girls! 😉 ) So, I will use my shiny new dish for yentys. *read vanilla-chiffon cake for definition of yenty

Back to food: Top with reserved sauce and cover with wax paper. nuke 4 min, GENTLY re-arrange (they fall apart easy at this point) and continue to cook 6 min. Allow to cook a few and chomp away! Super easy and quick~ and (gasp!) microwaved!

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