Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs with Sautéed Zucchini & Brown Rice

Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs

with Sautéed Zucchini & Brown Rice

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

These turkey meatballs are bursting with complex flavor, thanks to classic aromatics, savory-sweet hoisin sauce and an exciting dash of sambal oelek (a Southeast Asian hot sauce). For another layer of deliciousness, we’re using more hoisin to glaze the pan-seared meatballs—along with tender bites of sautéed, summery zucchini. A bed of brown rice completes our satisfying and wholesome meal.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    785 Cals (est.)
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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Cook the aromatics & form the meatballs:
3 Cook the aromatics & form the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, ginger and white bottoms of the scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, ¼ of the hoisin sauce and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 to 14 equal-sized meatballs. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Brown the meatballs:
4 Brown the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan.

Cook the zucchini:
5 Cook the zucchini:

Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pan of reserved fond; heat on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the browned meatballs, remaining hoisin sauce and ½ cup of water to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are thoroughly coated and cooked through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice between 2 dishes. Top with the finished meatballs and zucchini. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Cook the aromatics & form the meatballs:
3 Cook the aromatics & form the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, ginger and white bottoms of the scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, ¼ of the hoisin sauce and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 to 14 equal-sized meatballs. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

4 Brown the meatballs:

While the rice continues to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan.

Brown the meatballs:
Cook the zucchini:
5 Cook the zucchini:

Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pan of reserved fond; heat on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the browned meatballs, remaining hoisin sauce and ½ cup of water to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are thoroughly coated and cooked through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice between 2 dishes. Top with the finished meatballs and zucchini. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish:
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