Does anyone know what a porcupine is? (hint: it's not a rodent)
Porcupines were meatballs mixed with steamed rice and then stewed in a sauce containing tomatoes. You may know our Mexican Abodigas, and I introduce to you our Asian version.
A kid-friendly food that every Mom has in her repertoire of 'funny named dishes so your kids will eat them'. My Mom cooked hers in tomato sauce but I understand that the southern contingency dropped them into tomato soup.
Being a lover of rice, I never said no to a plate of them. Now that I think back, her porcupines tasted just like the insides of her stuffed peppers.
I am calling these tasty little treats 'Inside Out Porcupines'
Bet you can guess why.
What they really are, is seasoned pork balls rolled in rice called Pearl Balls and are an Asian steamed appetizer. Sometimes they are eaten in lettuce cups with other vegetables and a sauce, but I am making them like little cocktail meatballs with a dipping sauce.
They call for glutenous rice and since most of us do not have that readily on hand, you could use Basmati or Jasmine.
These have to be one of the cutest dishes I have prepared. Kids would adore these and they really were easy to prepare and easier to cook.
This is the second recipe from my Rubbermaid box. At this rate I will be done in three years.
makes about 36 (2") balls
* 3/4 cup Basmati Rice
* 1 cup hot tap water
* 1 pound ground pork
* 1 teaspoon minced ginger root
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 1 egg
* 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons sherry
* 1/2 cup water chestnuts, minced
* 1/4 cup scallions, white and green parts, chopped fine
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons white vinegar
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 tablespoons green onion, sliced
* 1/8 teaspoons red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to taste
Soak Rice in hot water for 30 minutes.
Drain well and spread in large flat sheet pan.
Combine remaining ingredients. Roll mixture by the tablespoon (1oz scoop) into balls. Roll balls one at the time in rice until well coated.
Place balls about 1" apart in a steamer lined with parchment paper (I punched a few holes in the paper to let more steam in. They should not touch.
Steam about 30-40 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Combine ingredients for dipping sauce in small bowl. Serve with pearl balls.