Baby “porcupines”

Total Time
52 min
5 min
35 min
Yes, these loaves are made to look like little adorable porcupines. Simply combine ground turkey, cooked brown rice, breadcrumbs, grated onion, ketchup, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form them into loaves, then use two olive slices to create the "eyes." Pour apple juice around the loaves, then let them bake away in the oven until the turkey is cooked through. Your kids will love the creative presentation, and this recipe is a great way for them to get their fill of ground turkey and brown rice. Use your artistic skills with other ingredients if you really want to make your porcupines look like, well, porcupines.


Uncooked boneless skinless turkey breast

1 pound(s), ground

Cooked long grain brown rice

1 cup(s), cool

Whole wheat breadcrumbs

1 cup(s), fresh

Uncooked onion

1 small, grated


¼ cup(s)

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp


4 olive(s), medium, black variety, pitted and each cut into 4 slices

Apple juice

½ cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine turkey, rice, bread crumbs, onion, ketchup, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Stir until combined well. Form into 8 small oval-shaped loaves; press 2 olive slices into each loaf for eyes.
  3. Place loaves in 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour apple juice around loaves. Bake until instant- thermometer inserted into center of loaves registers 165°F, about 35 minutes.
  4. Per serving: 1 "porcupine"