Vietnamese-Style Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Chili Mayo & Lemongrass Rice

Vietnamese-Style Turkey Meatballs

with Sweet Chili Mayo & Lemongrass Rice

40 MIN
+$9.49/serving 4 Servings
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    This dish packs an aromatic punch from bright, citrusy lemongrass—a stalky herb found in Southeast Asian cuisines––cooked with fluffy rice, then topped with turkey meatballs (made with a trio of garlic, ginger, and scallions) and crisp marinated vegetables. You'll finish it off with crunchy peanuts and a drizzle of creamy sweet chili mayo.

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    Vietnamese-Style Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Chili Mayo & Lemongrass Rice
    Title
    • 20 oz Ground Turkey
    • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
    • 1 stalk Lemongrass
    • ¾ lb Carrots
    • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
    • 4 Persian Cucumbers
    • ¼ cup Sweet Chili Sauce
    • ⅓ cup Asian-Style Sautéed Aromatics
    • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsps Rice Vinegar
    • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    • 1 Tbsp Sugar
    • 3 Tbsps Roasted Peanuts
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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using the back (blunt edge) of your knife, hit along the length of the lemongrass to release the oils. Cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel the carrots and grate on the large side of a box grater. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peanuts. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce.

    Make the lemongrass rice
    2 Make the lemongrass rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, lemongrass pieces, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat. Carefully remove the lemongrass pieces, then fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

    Form & bake the meatballs
    3 Form & bake the meatballs

    Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with foil. In a bowl, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, and sautéed aromatics. Season with salt and pepper; gently mix to combine. Shape the mixture into 16 tightly packed meatballs. Transfer to the sheet pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Remove from the oven. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for turkey.

    Marinate the vegetables & serve your dish
    4 Marinate the vegetables & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the sugar and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Add the grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, and as much of the sliced pepper as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the lemongrass rice topped with the baked meatballs and marinated vegetables. Drizzle with the sweet chili mayo. Garnish with the chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using the back (blunt edge) of your knife, hit along the length of the lemongrass to release the oils. Cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel the carrots and grate on the large side of a box grater. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peanuts. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce.

    2 Make the lemongrass rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, lemongrass pieces, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat. Carefully remove the lemongrass pieces, then fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

    Make the lemongrass rice
    Form & bake the meatballs
    3 Form & bake the meatballs

    Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with foil. In a bowl, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, and sautéed aromatics. Season with salt and pepper; gently mix to combine. Shape the mixture into 16 tightly packed meatballs. Transfer to the sheet pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Remove from the oven. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for turkey.

    4 Marinate the vegetables & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the sugar and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Add the grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, and as much of the sliced pepper as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the lemongrass rice topped with the baked meatballs and marinated vegetables. Drizzle with the sweet chili mayo. Garnish with the chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

    Marinate the vegetables & serve your dish
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