Lemon Meat Balls

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On March 12,1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. It is celebrated as Girl Scout birthday.

This recipe can be found in the Cadette Handbook of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, copyright 1963.  


  •  1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. marjoram
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 c. uncooked rice
  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz.) tomato soup
  • 2 c. boiling water

Directions:  Mix all but last two ingredients. Shape mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The mixture will be soft, but makes   tender meat balls. Brown a few at a time in a little hot fat and remove from skillet. When all are browned, pour excess fat from skillet and return meat balls to pan. Cover with tomato soup-boiling water mixture. Cover pan. Simmer 50 to 60 minutes. Remove meat balls.  Spoon excess fat from sauce. Pour sauce over meat balls and serve. (4-6 servings)