Porcupine Meatballs

Delicious and easy, these gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs with Easy Pan Gravy will soon become a favorite at your table!As a mom of five growing kids, I’m always on the lookout for kid-friendly meals. While they’re happy with a sandwich or even just hummus and veggies, I like to get a little something more in their bellies every now and again.
 
Growing up, these Porcupine Meatballs with easy Pan Gravy were a favorite of mine. Not only are they delicious, they look fun, too. 😉 Now that I have my own kiddos, I’m happy to be able to provide fun and filling dishes for them. And these meatballs are easy to make, to boot!
Delicious and easy, these gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs with Easy Pan Gravy will soon become a favorite at your table!When I announced their immanent arrival on our lunch table, my kiddos were quite intrigued. 
 
No, they don’t actually contain porcupine meat.
 
No, there aren’t actually any porcupine parts involved – at all.
 
One 7-year old princess’ mind set as ease. One 5-year old boy a little let down. Haha.
 
But once their plates were filled with the delicious meal, they were all happily satisfied with the results.
Delicious and easy, these gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs with Easy Pan Gravy will soon become a favorite at your table!
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Porcupine Meatballs with Easy Pan Gravy
Free of gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
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Meatballs
  1. 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  2. 1/2 c. uncooked long-grain rice (like basmati or jasmine)
  3. 1 t. salt
  4. 1/2 t. pepper
  5. 1 T. Italian seasoning (I use Naturally Free Italian Seasoning)
  6. 1 T. minced garlic
  7. 2 T. coconut oil
  8. 1 c. tomato sauce (optional, or 1 cup more water or stock)
  9. 1 c. beef broth or water
Gravy
  1. 2 T. arrowroot or tapioca starch
  2. 1/2 c. + water
  3. 1/2 t. salt
  4. 1/4 t. pepper
  5. 1 t. Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Heat oil or butter over medium flame in a large, deep-sided frying pan that has a lid.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, rice, salt, pepper, seasoning, and garlic. Shape into small balls and gently brown in the heated oil.
  3. Remove browned meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  4. Pour in 1 cup of water and deglaze the goodness on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add back in the meatballs and tomato sauce or 1 cup more water and cover securely.
  6. Cook 30 minutes over medium-low heat.
  7. When the meatballs are cooked remove them from the pan and set aside in a serving dish.
  8. Whisk together starch and 1/2 cup water. Pour the starch mixture into the same frying pan you cooked the meatballs in and stir until mixture begins to thicken.
  9. Add in seasoning and more water, if desired.
  10. Serve gravy over meatballs.
Notes
  1. Makes about 6 servings.
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