Chinese Five-Spice Meatballs with Snow Peas & Jasmine Rice

Chinese Five-Spice Meatballs

with Snow Peas & Jasmine Rice

30 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Meatballs have been enjoyed in China for millennia. Some recipes date all the way back to the Qin Dynasty in the 3rd Century BCE. They’re usually made with flour, which acts as a binding agent, helping the meatballs to hold their shape. We’re swapping in crispy panko breadcrumbs instead (for added texture), and we’re flavoring the meat with five-spice powder and traditional aromatics before coating it in a sweet and savory duet of sauces. Lastly, for an herbaceous touch and a subtle crunch, we’re garnishing the finished meatballs with cilantro, sesame seeds and scallions.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    540 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Chinese Five-Spice Meatballs with Snow Peas & Jasmine Rice
Title
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 6 oz Snow Peas
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 3 Scallions
  • 1 large bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsps Black Bean Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tsps Black & White Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tsps Chinese Five-Spice Powder
  • 1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Soy Glaze
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the stem end of each snow pea; pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of the pod. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

Cook the rice:
2 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, heat the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 11 to 13 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place.

Cook the aromatics:
3 Cook the aromatics:

While the rice cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the white bottoms of the scallions, half the garlic and half the ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the pan.

Form & brown the meatballs:
4 Form & brown the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, add the breadcrumbs, ground beef and five-spice powder to the bowl of cooked aromatics; season with salt and pepper. Mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 16 to 18 meatballs, each slightly smaller than a golf ball. In the pan used to cook the aromatics, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides and cooked through. Turn off the heat. Carefully drain off and discard the drippings.

Finish the meatballs:
5 Finish the meatballs:

Add the black bean garlic sauce, soy glaze and ¼ cup of water to the pan of browned meatballs; stir to combine. Cook on medium-high, occasionally spooning the sauce over the meatballs, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly reduced in volume and the meatballs are thoroughly coated. Transfer to a serving dish. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Cook the snow peas & serve your dish:
6 Cook the snow peas & serve your dish:

In the pan used to finish the meatballs, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the snow peas and remaining garlic and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the snow peas are bright green. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish the finished meatballs and cooked rice with the green tops of the scallions. Garnish the meatballs with the cilantro and half the sesame seeds. Garnish the cooked snow peas with the remaining sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the stem end of each snow pea; pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of the pod. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

2 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, heat the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 11 to 13 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place.

Cook the rice:
Cook the aromatics:
3 Cook the aromatics:

While the rice cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the white bottoms of the scallions, half the garlic and half the ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the pan.

4 Form & brown the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, add the breadcrumbs, ground beef and five-spice powder to the bowl of cooked aromatics; season with salt and pepper. Mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 16 to 18 meatballs, each slightly smaller than a golf ball. In the pan used to cook the aromatics, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides and cooked through. Turn off the heat. Carefully drain off and discard the drippings.

Form & brown the meatballs:
Finish the meatballs:
5 Finish the meatballs:

Add the black bean garlic sauce, soy glaze and ¼ cup of water to the pan of browned meatballs; stir to combine. Cook on medium-high, occasionally spooning the sauce over the meatballs, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly reduced in volume and the meatballs are thoroughly coated. Transfer to a serving dish. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

6 Cook the snow peas & serve your dish:

In the pan used to finish the meatballs, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the snow peas and remaining garlic and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the snow peas are bright green. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish the finished meatballs and cooked rice with the green tops of the scallions. Garnish the meatballs with the cilantro and half the sesame seeds. Garnish the cooked snow peas with the remaining sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Cook the snow peas & serve your dish:
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