Russian Beef-n-Rice Meatballs – Tefteli Ezhiki (Baby-Hedgehogs)

This meatball has it’s name (Ezhiki– Baby-Hedgehogs) because of rice – it’s looks like needles. Meal from my childhood, good by itself or with mashed potato on side. Some add carrots or eggs into mince, I prefer just meat, rice and onion. Leftover rice can be used too. Maybe you know it like Porcupine Meatballs.

Russian Beef-n-Rice Meatballs – Tefteli Ezhiki (Baby-Hedgehogs)

Yield: 4 servings(3 meatballs + 1 tbsp. sauce)

1 lb. ground beef (I used lean beef)
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup rice
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. sour cream
salt and pepper

Russian Beef-n-Rice Meatballs – Tefteli Ezhiki (Baby-Hedgehogs)

Mix rice and 1/2 cup of water, bring to boil, let stay couple minutes. Chop onion finely. Drain rice in a sieve. Mix ground meat, onion and rice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Form 12 meatballs, using 3 tbsp. mince for each. I used Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop, it’s very convenient.

Spray a Dutch oven or deep frying pan with cooking spray. Heat one minute over medium heat, add the meatballs. Let the meatballs brown all over.

Meanwhile mix tomato paste and sour cream, add enough water to make 1 cup. Pour onto meatballs, lower heat to minimum, cover and cook about 20-25 minutes. Let stay covered about 10 minutes more. Serve hot with sauce.

1 serving is about 234 calories

1 meatball is about 78 calories

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