Ginger-Scallion Meatballs & Rice with Bok Choy & Marinated Turnip

Ginger-Scallion Meatballs & Rice

with Bok Choy & Marinated Turnip

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Tonight’s meatballs are packed with dynamic, Asian-inspired flavor. We’re mixing finely chopped ginger and thinly sliced scallions into the beef for aromatic depth, then simmering the meatballs in a bright, sweet, and savory soy-based sauce. Baby bok choy (cooked right along with the meatballs) and marinated turnip add delicious crispness to every bite.

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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small saucepan, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

Prepare the ingredients & marinate the turnip:
2 Prepare the ingredients & marinate the turnip:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop. Peel the turnip; quarter lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Place in a bowl with half the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Form the meatballs:
3 Form the meatballs:

While the turnip marinates, in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, ginger, and white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Using your hands, form the mixture into 10 to 12 equal-sized meatballs. Transfer to a plate.

Brown the meatballs:
4 Brown the meatballs:

While the turnip continues to marinate, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned.

Add the bok choy:
6 Add the bok choy:

Add the bok choy, sushi sauce, remaining vinegar, and ¼ cup of water to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bok choy leaves have wilted and the meatballs are cooked through. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:
7 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked rice between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked meatballs and bok choy. Garnish with the marinated turnip (including any marinating liquid) and green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small saucepan, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

2 Prepare the ingredients & marinate the turnip:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop. Peel the turnip; quarter lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Place in a bowl with half the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Form the meatballs:
3 Form the meatballs:

While the turnip marinates, in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, ginger, and white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Using your hands, form the mixture into 10 to 12 equal-sized meatballs. Transfer to a plate.

4 Brown the meatballs:

While the turnip continues to marinate, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned.

Brown the meatballs:
Add the bok choy:
6 Add the bok choy:

Add the bok choy, sushi sauce, remaining vinegar, and ¼ cup of water to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bok choy leaves have wilted and the meatballs are cooked through. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

7 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked rice between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked meatballs and bok choy. Garnish with the marinated turnip (including any marinating liquid) and green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:
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