Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pizza Porcupine Patties

I'm bringing back the '70s with this porcupine patties. I think this was the most requested meal in my family when I was growing up. The porcupine meatballs were a close second, probably because they are so similar, but I think the green chiles and melted cheese put these over the top. And I'm not the only one who loves toddler and husband both go crazy over these. 

Pizza Porcupine Patties
Servings: 6 patties

1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce, divided
1/2 cup regular white rice, uncooked
2 tbsp. chopped canned green chiles
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 lb. ground beef
1 beef bouillon cube 
1 cup boiling water
1  cup shredded monterey jack or mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of the tomato sauce, rice, green chiles, salt, garlic powder, and dried oregano together. Add the ground beef and mix into the sauce until well combined. Shape into 6 patties, 1/2 inch thick. Place into an ungreased 9 x 13 glass or ceramic baking dish. Bake uncovered 15 minutes.

Remove the patties from the oven and drain off excess fat. Dissolve the bouillon cube in the boiling water, and stir in the remaining tomato sauce. Pour the mixture over the patties. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. 

Remove the patties from the oven and spoon the tomato sauce mixture over the patties. Top each patty with cheese. Bake uncovered for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Source: adapted from, originally from Betty Crocker

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